Fall means one thing in Metro Vancouver — rain. And when it starts to rain, the kids often go a bit batty being stuck in the house all day (and so do we)! We’ve covered off some great places to visit when it starts to pour in Vancouver, but there are also fantastic places to visit outside of the city. Head to the Fraser Valley next time it rains and try out these great family-friendly indoor activities that will keep the whole family dry and happy.
Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery Visitor Centre
Open daily from 9 am – 3 pm, 34345 Vye Rd, Abbotsford
Take a self-guided tour through the interactive interpretive centre at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery to learn all about the fascinating life of trout in the Fraser Valley. You’ll get to see trout at the various stages of their life cycle and learn about the other species found in freshwater lakes and rivers in B.C.
photo by: Urban Safari Rescue Society
Urban Safari Rescue Society
Open Thursday – Monday, 11 am – 4 pm (closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays), 1395 176th Street, South Surrey
Take a guided tour of the facilities at Urban Safari Rescue Society for an informative look at over 350 rescued exotic animals. Meet an African Spur Thigh Tortoise, a Tegu Lizard, Pythons, Sugar Gliders, and maybe even a skunk! You will learn fun facts about the animals and hear some great stories too. We hear their bug lab is crawling with a growing collection of mounted insects. The perfect place to visit for the kid who is way into insects.
Presentations at 12 pm and 2 pm, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays, 7480 176 Street, Surrey
Explore the amazing world of bees at the Honeybee Centre in Surrey. There are two showings on weekend days and stat holidays of their interactive presentation and beekeeping demonstration. You’ll learn the buzz on how bees make honey and why they are so important. You may even get to sample a taste of honey straight from the hive! Stick around for a tasty lunch at Fry’s Corner Beestro for the perfect day out of the rain.
photo by: Tourism Langley
Canadian Museum of Flight
Open daily, 10 am – 4 pm, Hangar # 3 – 5333 216th Street, Langley
The Canadian Museum of Flight houses over 25 aircraft ranging from a WWII Handley Page Hampden (the only one displayed in the world) to a T-33 Silver Star. This “hands-on” facility has a large selection of aircraft that can be touched — a really cool way to learn about the various materials aircraft’s used to be made of, and a great way for kids to get engaged in the wonderful world of planes. The museum is constantly changing and updating their exhibits, so there is always something new to see. Bonus: the Airport Coffee Shop is now open (located right next to the museum), and they are famous for their pie, so make sure you leave enough time to grab a slice.
photo by: Fast Track Indoor Karting
Fast Track Indoor Karting
Open daily, 10 am – midnight, 5760 Production Way, Langley
Zip-zoom in a go-kart around a fun indoor track at Langley’s Fast Track Indoor Karting. This super fun and super safe facility is the only one of its kind in the Fraser Valley. Their special Junior Track is great for kids (they just need to be at least 48” tall) and adults can take a spin around the grown up track. An afternoon spent speeding around a track is a super fun way to kick cabin fever to the curb when you feel like you’ve spent too much time in your house.
With these great options, you are sure to discover a fun new place to visit on a rainy day in the Fraser Valley.
Yo, mama! Looking for more fun things to do on a rainy day? We’ve got you covered:
- 10 ideas for outdoor rainy day fun
- 10 things to do with kids on a rainy day in vancouver
- 5 educational places to visit with kids in vancouver
By: Michelle Hughes