Pewter-coloured skies followed by pitter-patter drops of incessant rain characterize much of Vancouver’s weather year-round. And when the rain sets in, it dampers plans to be outdoors with the kiddos. But don’t let the notorious rain ruin your well-intended plans of keeping your children active and stimulated. Given the constant downpour, it’s no surprise that Vancouver has a plethora of fun indoor activities for the family to indulge in. We have compiled a list of the top ten family-friendly indoor activities that will keep the whole family moving and learning – making for a superb rain-day!
Suffice it to say, there isn’t a kid in BC who doesn’t get excited about the Fair at the PNE. When we were little (only a few short years ago really), we remember being positively giddy about the free fair tickets in our report cards at the end of the year. We loved the rides, the animals, the shows, and of course, the mini donuts. Oh the mini donuts. Here are a few tips on making the annual trip to the Fair at the PNE absolutely fabulous.
We don’t mean to alarm you, but summer is almost over. We know…it shocked us too. With that in mind, here’s a list of some fabulous getaways within a few hours of the Lower Mainland, which will make it a bit easier to squeeze an adventure out of the last few glorious days of summer.
While some of us may have grown up on a farm, our urban living kids do not have the hands on opportunities to interact with their food like we did. We plant in our community garden plot and chat with the farmers at the markets, but we wanted to do more. Thankfully, we got to do a tour of an organic farm and yogurt production facility with Olympic Dairy so we could learn more about their 100% natural dairy products, directly from the horse’s..um…cow’s mouth.
It’s that time of year when our minds are turning to all the great things we can grow in our gardens (or on our patios, or in containers) with our kids this year. But while we love growing our own our enthusiasm outstrips our knowledge, which is why we turned to Shauna MacKinnon to answer our questions around what, when and why to grow with kids in the Lower Mainland. Shauna is a local food sustainability expert and mum, and she’s all about engaging kids, community groups and companies in her quest to make the world a healthier place through our food choices. She blogs about connecting kids with nature through gardening at www.littlebeanfarms.com. We’ve gone a little long today because she had so many great, green, growing ideas!