The best summer activities for your toddler throughout the South Coast

Schools out for Summer, or if you child is in daycare like me, maybe it is just a week – but regardless that can seem like a long time with a toddler. Also, if you are anything like me, staying inside and playing trucks all day is just not an option (although I know my little one would love that). Well the good news is there are so many toddler friendly adventures to try along the South Coast and I wanted to share some of my favourites with you.

 

Fraser Valley

  • Taves Family Farm: This is the ultimate farm to take the kiddos and parents alike in the Fraser Valley. What I love is the endless options from UPick fruits to animal viewing. I also love that they have a new cider mill on site so that mom and dad can enjoy a delicious bevy while the kids play
  • Cultus Lake Adventure Park: I recently visited Cultus Lake for the first time and this is the best place to take the family this summer. From the nearby lake to the adventure and waterpark there is really something for all ages of kids
  • Canadian Museum of Flight: If you are a toddler parent – you are probably playing with planes every day, well this is an opportunity to bring that play to life at this hands on volunteer driven family attraction

Vancouver

  • Stanley Park: I always loved exploring Stanley Park, but I didn’t realize how kid friendly it truly is. There are the horse drawn carriages, the aquarium (which is a family favourite over here) and at times the mini train is open for rides. Aside from the attractions around the park, you can also just explore the park itself. Go for an easy nature walk among giant trees, visit the playground, or go get a close up look at some of the boats. Make sure to also keep eyes peeled for some marine wildlife.
  • Granville Island: I love this island treasure, and it is the perfect place to take the kiddos this summer. You have probably been to the Granville Market, but did you know there is also a Kids Market? You can find some unique kids toys here, but my favourite kid friendly activity at the Island is the Water Park (in fact it is the largest free water park in North America). The best part is this is a fun adventure for the kiddos from the beginning, especially if you decide to take a water taxi to get to the spot.
  • Vanier Park: I think Vanier Park sometimes gets a little overlooked, but there are some true gems here for the kids. Our little guy is really into space right now and so we love to visit H.R. MacMillan Space Centre to learn more about the stars and get some live interaction at the observatory.  Also in the area you can find the Maritime Museum where kids can take a turn at the wheel of the boat.

North Vancouver

  • Grouse Mountain: You may think of Grouse as a winter destination, but the Peak of Vancouver is the perfect place to take the family during the summer as well. There are so many activities for the kids to enjoy. Take in the Birds in Motion show, or visit the Grouse grizzlies. You can entertain the kids for hours up here
  • Visit a suspension bridge: Of course there is the famous family favourite Capilano Suspension Bridge, which will take you over a breathtaking river and into an old growth forest where the kiddos can explore the treetop adventures. If you would like to explore a sport that is a little less crowded and a little more affordable, make your way over to the nearby Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. This bridge is a little more rugged, so make sure you hold on tight. There are also some great easy trails for your littles to explore in the area.
  • Maplew0od Farm: This actually happens to be the last remaining farm on the North Shore and they have all the family favourites; goats, pigs, rabbits, chickens, donkeys, and ponies. The best part is the kids can get up close and personal with a lot of the animals and even pet the goats.

Squamish

  • Sea to Sky Gondola: We love a day trip up the Gondola and during the summer there really is so much to see and do. I love the fact that they have a toddler friendly trail where we can spot “animals” along the way and learn more about the wildlife throughout the Sea-to-Sky. During the summer they also have live music, baby and me hikes, and story time available.
  • Britannia Mine Museum: This award winning museum has entertainment for all ages. Kids can take a ride through the mine, go panning for gold, and take in the award winning BOOM show.
  • Visit the new Oceanfront: Finally the Squamish Oceanfront is open for business and they have built a beautiful walkway and park. I could honestly spend everyday this summer here with my little guy. It seems to be a fan favourite for many locals and visitors alike.
  • Visit a local lake: We are so lucky in Squamish to have many swimmable lakes that are easily accessible and I love taking my toddler here for a swim or play in the sand.

Whistler

  • Vallea Lumina: You can enjoy this family friendly activity in winter and summer – in fact we have taken our little one there three times now and it never gets old. It is an incredible interactive light show that takes you on a short walk through a beautiful old growth forest. The displays are truly remarkable and every time we go we discover something new and beautiful.
  • Visit the Family Adventure Zone: In the summer at the base of Blackcomb Mountain you can find the fun filled Family Adventure Zone. It includes mini golf, bouncy castles, and climbing walls.
  • Ride the Gondola: I don’t know about you but my little guy is obsessed with gondolas – last time we were in Whistler he made me ride up and then ride back down – he didn’t even want to get off. Well summer operations offer some easy walks and hikes at the top of the mountain and the Peak to Peak Gondola is always a  fan favourite.
  • Explore one of the easy trails: I am an avid hiker and so I am trying to get my little into hiking as well, well one thing that gets him on the trail is telling him we are hiking to a train. The Train Wreck hike is easy for the whole family with a great reward that toddlers are sure to love.

Pemberton

  • North Arm Farm: I love heading out to Pemby in the summer with my little one because it is a little secluded and quieter. North Arm Farm is the perfect summer destination for toddlers. The farm offers animal feed for the chickens and pigs, Upick fruits, and they have tractors and swings the kids can play on.
  • Visit Narin Falls: If you are looking for a family friendly hike that everyone will enjoy make sure to visit Narin Falls. The hike to the falls is relatively flat and the waterfalls are beautiful – plus it is fully enclosed so that takes away some of the concerns with an active toddler. This is also a great spot for camping with a toddler if you are lucky enough to snag a spot.
  • Have a picnic at One Mile Lake: One Mile Lake is a really relaxing spot and a great place to jump in the lake and cool down on a hot day. Just down the road you can find some of the best burgers I have ever tasted (aptly named Mile One Eating House). Grab a burger and enjoy a day at the lake.

The South Coast offers so many incredible activities that both you and your toddler will love so even if school is out don’t fret. There is lots to do and see, and I promise many ways to tire your toddler out so you can hopefully enjoy a 3 hour afternoon nap.

Happy Summer my friends,

xo,

Mia

 

 

 

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