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Things To Do With Kids in Vancouver

Vancouver is the largest metropolitan area in western Canada. Home to more than 2.6 million people, Metro Vancouver is a melting pot of unique cultures with influence from England, India, China, France, and the Pacific Northwest. This seaport city was ranked third most livable city in the world and attracts 16 million tourists a year. Wedged between the ocean and a coastal mountain range, the views in Vancouver are incredible. Check out all the kids activities that Vancouver has to offer!

Vancouver has many exciting family-friendly activities from world-class recreation centers to localized entertainment. Browse famous attractions and some of the best things to do in Vancouver with kids:

  • Save on OMNIMAX film tickets at Science World
  • Check out the Vancouver Aquarium, ranked 5th best aquarium in the world
  • Bike or walk along the Vancouver Seawall and enjoy the stunning views
  • Swim in Kitsilano Pool, longest pool in Canada — almost as long as 3 Olympic pools
  • Experience the sea culture in Vancouver at the Fisherman’s Wharf

Stanley Park is 10 percent larger than Central Park in New York City. Stretching a staggering 1001 acres, it borders the city giving visitors great views of downtown Vancouver. Find more family-friendly things to do near you below:

  • Save on bundle tickets and popcorn at The Dunbar Theatre
  • Spend some quality family time bowling at Grandview Lanes
  • Learn about nature in an immersive environment at the UBC Botanical Gardens
  • Stop for a sweet bite at Karameller Candy Shop or La Casa Gelato
  • Feel like an Olympian when you tour the Richmond Olympic Oval
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Vancouver has dozens of renowned attractions and famous sightseeing destinations. From Capilano Suspension Bridge to the Vancouver Lookout and several gorgeous botanical gardens, this city is full of sightseeing activities the kids will love.

  • See Vancouver from the water with Harbour Cruises and events
  • Appreciate Vancouver’s waterways and play at the park on Granville Island
  • Ride the gondola up Grouse Mountain for breathtaking views of the city
  • Take a family stroll through the history of Gastown, a local favorite
  • Watch family favorite movies outdoors in the summertime with Evo Summer Cinema
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There are oodles of fun things to do in Vancouver with kids. Indoor amusement centers, water parks, city parks, and more. Browse deals on fun things to do with kids in Vancouver:

  • See everything there is about this country in the comfort of downtown Vancouver at FlyOver Canada
  • Rocky Point Park offers a free water park, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day
  • See the many species of tropical birds at Bloedel Conservatory, in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Tour Stanley Park in a horse-drawn carriage with Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours
  • Score half off European-Swordplay classes
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Luckily, there are plenty of things for kids to do in Vancouver, many of which happen to be educational and fun. Most of the museums downtown have kid-focused exhibits, but Vancouver offers such a wide variety of things to do with kids that educational entertainment certainly doesn’t stop there. Check out more learning-focused activities for kids near you:

  • Learn about the expansive nature of earth’s ecosystems at Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • Walk through the intricate duties of a police officer at Vancouver Police Museum
  • Marvel at the works on display in the Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Experience the expansive Vancouver train industry first hand at the West Coast Railway Association
  • Spend a relaxing afternoon browsing book collections at the beautiful Vancouver public library

Vancouver is the third largest film production center in North America, right after Los Angeles and New York City. For aspiring actors and musicians, the city has a lot of fun creative and performing arts classes. See for yourself below:

  • Discover musical talent with private lessons at the Vancouver Central School of Music
  • Harness energy while also training the mind at Budo Martial Arts
  • Learn to figure skate and watch your kids flourish at the Canada Ice Dance Theatre
  • Expand your family cooking skills at Nourish Cooking School
  • Let your kids perform like they are in the circus with Cirkids classes at Circus West

Vancouver may be one of the warmest cities in Canada, but when harsh winters are underway there’s no shortage of indoor games and activities to keep the kids busy. Explore our collection of indoor entertainment deals below:

  • The Adventure Zone has fun for the whole family from arcade to play place
  • Jump out some energy at Sky Zone trampoline park
  • Enjoy the convenience of an indoor playground at The Funky Monkey Park, offering laser tag and more
  • Virtual Reality is finally an obtainable experience with the technology provided at VR Funtastic World
  • Move as a family unit when playing paintball at Richmond Indoor Paintball