Kids Activities in Courtenay

Individual or Family Membership or Admission at UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden (Up to 60% Off)

UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden

Vancouver

C$13.65 C$5.50

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12,000 plant varieties from around world dot paths while Nitobe Memorial Garden blooms with Japanese harmony and an array of flora

Two Games of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Two or Four at Town ‘N Country Bowl (Up to 46% Off)

Town 'N Country Bowl

Vancouver

C$27 C$15

Groups of two and four slip on a pair of non-slip heels for two games of classic 10-pin bowling

Membership or Admission to Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the UBC Campus (Up to 51% Off). 5 Options Available.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the UBC Campus

Vancouver

C$35 C$17

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The museum features 20,000 sq. ft. of exhibits and showcases over 500 permanent exhibits, temporary exhibits and interactive activities

Five-Pin Bowling with Shoe Rentals for Two or Four at North Shore Bowl (Up to 53% Off)

North Shore Bowl

North Vancouver

C$28.50 C$14

Traditional five-pin bowling alley hosts groups on 16 well-maintained lanes

Visit for Two Adults or Family of Four to Vancouver Police Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Vancouver Police Museum

Downtown Eastside

C$24 C$12

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Selection of 20,000 police- and crime-related artifacts displayed in the building that once housed Vancouver’s coroner’s court and morgue

Train Museum Visit for Two or Four from West Coast Railway Association (Up to 52% Off)

West Coast Railway Association

Squamish

C$30 C$15

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Guests explore more than 90 pieces of railway memorabilia, including locomotives, rare passenger cars, and other artifacts

Two or Eight Passes at WaterWalkers Entertainment (Up to 56% Off)

WaterWalkers Entertainment

Multiple Locations

C$20 C$13

Step into a waterproof bubble and walk on water for 10 minutes as trained staff members help you stay safe and have fun

Four Private Beginner Piano Lessons or Introductory Music Theory Lessons at Cadenza Music (Half Off)

Cadenza Music

Richmond

C$76 C$38

Experienced musicians teach first-time pianists proper arm use and basic scales; music theory pupils explore music's structures and forms

Up to 64% off Two Hours of Bowling for Up to Six Plus Shoe Rental, Pizza, and Soda

The Zone Bowling Centre - Richmond

Richmond

C$128.99 C$45.95

Two hours of bowling plus shoe rental, pizza, and soda at an award-winning bowling centre

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The triumphant crash of bowling balls against pins has been echoing throughout Brechin Lanes since 1956. The newly renovated five-pin-bowling alley maintains its family-friendly atmosphere by only selling soft drinks and prohibiting smoking within their walls. League banners hang over the 16-lane spread, and between turns, players cheer each other on from plastic benches or cushy seats throughout the centre. Atop whimsical bowling-pin-shaped coffee tables, players refuel their rolling arms and bragging muscles with hot dogs, poutine, and pizza made fresh to order. During weekend glow bowling, blacklights switch on, a crisp sound system booms the hits, and vampire bowlers suddenly become the brightest people in the room.

1870 E. Wellington Rd
Nanaimo,
BC
CA

In the verdant Cowichan Valley, Pacific Northwest Raptors cares for a diverse flock of birds of prey?owls twist their heart-shaped heads curiously, and hawks look on with eyes like copper coins. The staff provides them a safe habitat while educating the public about their habits, hunting methods, and favourite brands of feather cosmetics. Eagles and falcons ride warm zephyrs overhead daily, searching for prey high over the canopy when they aren?t perched back at the centre.

Avian experts demo the birds? skills during walks, which include the opportunity for patrons to have a hawk or owl land on a gloved hand or already impressive jaw line. Intensive workshops and week-long falconry courses let guests settle in with the animals beneath the towering trees, which hush each other liltingly in the wind. Regular family events at the centre facilitate bonding with the regal raptors, many of which are trained in film work and pest control.

1877 Herd Rd.
Duncan,
BC
CA

Rolling strikes is in the Marino family’s blood. The family has presided over Grandview Lanes for three generations, ever since Louis Marino established the alley back in 1947. In those days, the pins had to be set by hand, a task Louis's son, George, remembers all too well. As he told Westender reporter Mary Frances Hill, "You'd have 40 women bowling during the day (in the 1950s), and only two pin setters […]. So we'd run around like crazy."

Today, machines act as the alley’s pin setters, but the Marinos are still around and running the show. George's daughter, Tammy, manages the modernized alley, where automatic scoring makes things easier for a younger generation that has never seen a real wooden pencil. Some things haven't changed though. Bowlers can still visit the lunch counter once run by George's mother, fuelling up between frames with burgers or pizzas laden with a dozen different toppings. And, of course, the game remains relatively unchanged. Downstairs, guests choose between 5-pin or 10-pin bowling, and upstairs, black lights and neon wall murals set the psychedelic stage for the sport's most modern update—glow bowling.

Aside from providing a hub for clean, family-friendly fun, Grandview Lanes actively supports the community by helping the fundraising efforts of organizations such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and The Kensington Foundation for Animals in Crisis.

2195 Commercial Dr
Vancouver,
BC
CA

240 East Cordova Street used to be the address where Vancouver?s police officers, morticians, judges, and dead converged. The building, which was built in 1932, served as the city?s coroner?s court and morgue until the 1980s and the city analyst?s lab until 1995. Countless toxicology tests and several high-profile investigations have taken place between the building?s walls, including the Castellani Milkshake Murder and Errol Flynn?s autopsy. Fittingly, given the building?s significance to Vancouver's criminal-justice history, it is now home to the Vancouver Police Museum.

To date, the museum staff has curated a selection of approximately 20,000 historical artifacts, including confiscated weapons, counterfeit currency, photographs, paperwork, and vintage police vehicles. Currently, 40 per cent of the collection is on display in the museum?s several exhibits, one of which allows visitors to explore a coroner?s forensic lab. The museum also offers educational programs such as walking tours and a two-hour forensic-science program. During this program, guests scour a faux crime scene for clues and try to prevent the brash, young rookie cop from running off into the night to find the perpetrator.

240 E Cordova St.
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Cities are the ultimate conglomerations, existing as both the collections of people, institutions, and locations that currently compose them as well as the memories of all of the bygone inhabitants that came before. Without some concept of that past, current-day residents are hard-pressed to really understand their present. Fortunately, the historians at Museum of Vancouver keep visitors in the know with expertly curated exhibits revealing the unforgettable events that shaped the city's character. Rotating exhibits each year showcase introspective works. 2014's feature exhibit, Rewilding Vancouver, explores humankind's relationship with nature through the lens of Vancouver's historical ecology. Complete with area taxidermy specimens, 3D models, soundscapes, videos, and photo interventions, visitors encounter Vancouver's dominant species, fish-bearing streams underneath city streets, and a life-sized creation of the now-extinct Steller?s Sea Cow. Additionally, the Museum of Vancouver?s history galleries tell the city?s stories from the early 1900s through the late 1970s.

1100 Chestnut St.
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Now that it has been fully restored, the Rio Theatre immediately recalls the splendour of its grand opening in 1938. Hiding behind the old-fashioned aesthetics, however, are a digital HD projector and surround-sound speakers that immerse filmgoers in an eclectic array of first-run blockbusters and cinema classics. Showing films again as of April 2012, the theatre’s movie selection ranges from sci-fi and horror to wholesome family films, though the program coalesces around a love for pop culture that the owners share with their most ardent fans.

Aside from the daily show times, cult classics—frequently in their original 35 mm form—screen at midnight on Fridays. Guests from all walks of life come out to these packed showings, where they can snack on popcorn made with real butter or win prizes for dressing in costume as their favourite character or key grip. The 420-seat theatre also hosts concerts and events throughout the year, including past performances by Janeane Garofalo and local musicians Bend Sinister.

1660 Broadway E
Vancouver,
BC
CA