Spring break is officially over, but that doesn’t mean the hunt for kid-friendly places ends as well. With spring in full effect, the wet and rainy season will have yoyomamas and yoyodadas searching for drier ground. Well, the search ends here with our list of family-friendly restaurants with activities and spaces to keep the kids busy:

rocky mountain flatbread
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Rocky Mountain Flatbread
Various Locations
From delicious oven-fire pizzas and pastas made from organic ingredients, to an equally yummy kids menu, Rocky Mountain Flatbread is never a disappointment. Kids always congregate to the play area that mimics a pizza kitchen. In addition to hosting birthday parties, they also have dedicated evenings where families and kids can make their own pizzas. rockymountainflatbread.ca

darcy's cafe
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Darcy’s Café
4462 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Family-owned and operated, Darcy’s Café is the perfect place to go for a quick coffee break or an afternoon tea. They have play kitchen for the kids, with delicious pastries and healthy meals to fill those little tummies. Darcy’s Café also hosts birthday parties for kids, where they can decorate their own delicious goodies. darcyscafe.ca

cafe deux soleil
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Café Deux Soleils
2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Café Deux Soleils has been on The Drive for over 20 years and as far back as we can remember, it’s always been a great place for the kids. There is a great selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner items for the whole family, no matter what your dietary preference. In addition to some awesome people watching, the kids will love playing around the performance stage and drawing on the big blackboard. cafedeuxsoleils.com

nourish vancouver
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3742 West 10th Avenue
Nourish was created out of a decision to eat sustainably and responsibly, by parents Dan & Abbey who wanted better options for their family. Now they are sharing delicious, organic meals to everyone else, made with whole ingredients from local farmers and harvesters. The kids will get a kick out of the cute farmer’s market and kitchen play area to bustle around in and parents get to enjoy the tasty breakfast and lunch items, ranging from crepes to soups, sandwiches, and salads. Nourish also offers catering services, cooking classes and space rentals for birthdays and private events. nourishvancouver.ca

ludica pizzeria
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Ludica Pizzeria & Game Room
604 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster
189 Keefer Place, Vancouver
While their mouth-watering and delicious pizza and pasta selections are long enough to make your head spin, wait until you see their game wall; Ludica is best known for their gargantuan collection of board games for kids of all ages. Hoping for guests to “unplug” while they dine, they are welcome to try any of the games. Most evenings they have a “game steward” who can help recommend games to you, but we’ve found that their food staff is just as helpful, too. They have kids-sized pizza and pasta options and to note, while one of our correspondents has eaten there with her toddler, it would be best geared towards kids who can sit and play games. ludica.ca

big feast bistro
Image via Big Feast Bistro’s Facebook Page

Big Feast Bistro
11920-227 Street, Maple Ridge
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or 100% carnivore, Big Feast Bistro has something yummy and delicious for you. Stemming from the 100-mile diet philosophy, they use locally made, organic ingredients and serves delicious meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and baked goodies for feasters of all ages. What makes them unique is that they also offer convenient frozen and refrigerated items for families to take home, from soups, meals, spiced nuts to granola. In addition to a kids play area to keep them occupied, Big Feast has a creative “Little Feast” menu for smaller appetites ranging from tried and true grilled cheese to The Chocolate Elvis (basically a deliciously grilled PB/Banana/Chocolate sandwich). They even have an “Itty Bitty Feast” meal for kidlets under 2! big-feast.ca

Image via The Wood Spoon Brunch & Bistro’s Facebook Page

The Wooden Spoon Brunch & Bistro
15171 Russell Avenue, White Rock
Located in the heart of uptown White Rock, Wooden Spoon Co. focuses on fresh, locally sourced, house-made dishes. Wooden Spoon Co. offers a good variety of Benny’s for the brunchers and a selection of burgers and bowls for the lunchers. Parents will appreciate the daily meal and drink specials and their kids menu has all the faves likes mac and cheese and burgers. The kids play corner comes complete with toys, colouring sheets and books, and the bathroom is also kid-friendly, with step stools for little ones and disposable diapers for little bums. woodenspoon.co

Yo, mama! Still looking for some indoor, kid-friendly suggestions? Make sure to check out these other rainy day fun ideas:

By: Marjolyn “MJ” Dimapilis

2 Responses

  1. With active twin three year olds, we’re always looking for restaurants with a play area so the adults can actually finish their meal! We’ll have to try the Wooden Spoon. We also love Sushi Mania in North Vancouver – it has a separate little playroom and a kids menu that comes with a small toy.

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