Vancouver with Kids During the Summer {Where to Go}

Vancouver with Kids During the Summer {Where to Go}

It’s summertime! School is out and there is plenty of time to plan fun activities to do with the family. Looking for some fun things to do in the city with the kids? Here is a list with some of our favourite things to do in Vancouver during the summer. What are yours?

Vancouver with Kids During the Summer {Where to Go}

  • Kitsilano Beach & Pool

Nothing beats a day at the beach, little ones love playing with the sand and collecting shells. There are also some great playgrounds and the beach is only 10 minutes away from downtown Vancouver, not bad!

We also love Kitsilano Pool and its amazing view of the city. Heated salt-water pool for swimmers of all ages and sizes.

  • Science World / Telus World Of Science

We have a membership and love the TELUS World of Science. So many fun exhibits and hands-on interactive displays for little ones. Their OMNIMAX is pretty spectacular as well, being one of the world’s largest dome screens!  Perfect for days when you need to be somewhere with AC to beat the heat.  Then after you are done playing inside you can go on a walk by the seawall and enjoy the beautiful waterfront views.

  • Vancouver Aquarium

We love visiting the Vancouver Aquarium, an instant hit with little ones. So many beautiful fish and aquatic mammals! The outdoor dolphin show is wonderful and especially fun when it is sunny and lovely outside. Some of our favourite areas are the Amazon Gallery and dolphin underwater viewing area. There is even a nursing area located in the dolphin underwater viewing area if you are visiting with your infant!

Vancouver with Kids During the Summer {Where to Go}

  • Maplewood Farm

Located in North Van, Maplewood Farms is a huge hit with little ones. They have close to 200 domestic farms animals and birds. Little ones love getting a close-up look at the animals, petting the bunnies, the horses and the friendly goats. Great place to visit during the summer.

Vancouver with Kids During the Summer {Where to Go}

  • Granville Island’s Kid Market

Arrive by car, bus, bike or aqua bus! A little island right under the Granville Bridge. The Kids Market is one of our favourites, a fun colourful building with a nice play area, tons of little toy shops featuring eco-friendly and educational toys and some local gems. At the end of the day you can walk over to the Public Market and get some yummy food! Fun!

 What are your favourite spots to visit in Vancouver during the summer?

Disclosure: I am part of the Mom Trust Program with Playtex and receive compensation as part of my affiliation with this group; however all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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21 responses to “Vancouver with Kids During the Summer {Where to Go}”

  1. Marissa Avey — July 15, 2014 @ 10:32 am (#)

    Great list! We love going to the Aquarium! <3

  2. Virginia — July 15, 2014 @ 10:50 am (#)

    Very appealing shots – makes me want to be a tourist in Vancouver!

  3. MrDisco — July 15, 2014 @ 8:14 pm (#)

    i’ld love to visit the aquarium

  4. Melinda L. — July 16, 2014 @ 9:59 am (#)

    oooo all those places look like so much fun!

  5. nicky — July 16, 2014 @ 10:58 am (#)

    those are great places! love to visit Stanley Park after visiting the Aquarium.

  6. Little Miss Kate — July 16, 2014 @ 6:01 pm (#)

    I have never been to Vancouver, but I would love to see the Aquarium. We went to one in the states last summer and loved it.

  7. Jeannie — July 24, 2014 @ 12:33 am (#)

    WE love visiting Maplewood farm during the summer. THe kids just LOVE seeing all the different animals and birds.

  8. Molly Moore — July 26, 2014 @ 2:16 pm (#)

    This was so great! I live in Idaho and we aren’t that far from Vancouver! My husband and I talk about taking a mini-vacation there every year and this helps a lot having a child! The farm sounds/looks amazing! xx

  9. Erica — July 30, 2014 @ 9:02 pm (#)

    I would also recommend the Planetarium or the Maritime Museum!

  10. Laurie P — August 25, 2014 @ 7:12 am (#)

    I’ve never been to Vancouver. Just about everybody I know has. I’ve had so many recommendations, but not all kid related. Love your list of places to go, very helpful for the kiddos indeed!
    I’d love to check out the Granville Island’s Kid Market, and the Aquarium!

  11. Elizabeth Matthiesen — August 25, 2014 @ 8:56 am (#)

    I wish I’d had more time to explore Vancouver when I was there but it was more or less just driving through to Vancouver Island 🙁

  12. Alexia H. — August 29, 2014 @ 9:07 pm (#)

    Vancouver is such a beautiful city and the Vancouver Aquarium is so much fun to visit.

  13. kathy+downey — November 13, 2014 @ 7:03 am (#)

    This looks like such a fun place

  14. kathy downey — January 27, 2015 @ 6:50 am (#)

    Oh I miss the beach..-28 today

  15. Birdiebee — January 29, 2015 @ 2:58 pm (#)

    I love look at these summer pictures especially in the dead of winter when it is cold and snowy. I would love to be at the Kitsilano Beach & Pool right about now.

  16. kathy downey — March 27, 2015 @ 5:46 am (#)

    I love looking at the photos

  17. kathy downey — April 1, 2015 @ 9:39 am (#)

    I would think you are wearing tees and shorts where you are and we are still having snow…yucky snow

  18. kathy downey — November 18, 2015 @ 7:54 am (#)

    i’d love to visit the aquarium,beautiful im sure

  19. kathy downey — January 29, 2016 @ 8:49 am (#)

    I have never been to Vancouver,would love it tho

  20. Debbie White Beattie — September 7, 2017 @ 2:26 am (#)

    This is a great list and hopefully everything is still there, especially for people that might be coming from out of town.

  21. Bruce L. — June 9, 2018 @ 3:26 pm (#)

    Thank you for the list, bookmarking for when our grandson comes this summer. Last time he was out we spent the whole time on the island so we’d like to go into Vancouver for a couple days this year.

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