Activities for Kids

Five-Pin Bowling at the Commodore Lanes & Billiards 
One of the few lanes and billiards locations left in Vancouver. Take a few friends downtown for a bit of retro fun and a few laughs. (838 Granville Street).

Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Homer Street)
The permanent home to the works of Canadian artist Emily Carr, view her collection of work at the VAG while taking in the latest travelling exhibit. There are plenty of interesting bits and bobs in the store surprise and delight.

Art Start Programs.
ArtStarts in Schools provides innovative arts programs for young people. Free on the weekends.

Visit Granville Street 
A trip downtown isn’t complete without checking out the 100+ shops and eateries Granville Street has to offer. Tales of super heroes at Golden Age Collectibles will fascinate and inspire young ones, or dip over to Café Crepe for a Strawberry Nutella Crepe break. Take a tour of the wrapped electrical boxes designed by Emily Carr Students up and down the street.

The Views at Canada Place
Boasting a spectacular view of the North Shore mountains, the north end of the pier along the promenade is worth the walk alongside Canada Place. While you’re there, check out the cruise ships May-October, FlyOver Canada – an incredible Canadian ride, the Canadian trail, the War of 1812 Exhibit, and  listen for the Heritage horns every day at noon.

Walk Along the Seawall
When you’ve finished taking in the view at Canada Place, head west along the seawall all the way around Stanley Park. The walk isn’t for the faint of heart, so plan for about 2 hours with plenty of opportunities for respite along the way.

Have Your Photo Taken at the Olympic Cauldron
Few cities - and downtowns - in the world can boast having a permanent Olympic cauldron. Photo opps abound. On the magestic waterfront on Canada Place @ Thurlow Streets in the Jack Poole Plaza, it's a great big souvenir from a great big party.

Tour the Tiles
Take a self-guided walking tour of the DVBIA’s mosaic art tiles project with 12 nine square foot handcrafted tiles depicting Vancouver scenes.

Ride Your Bike
Downtown is now fully accessible with separated bike lanes from the east via the Dunsmuir Viaduct, from Kitsilano north along Burrard Street Bridge and along Hornby Street (with a little zig zag via West Hastings and Burrard) to the seawall and Stanley Park. Harbour Centre Tower and you won’t be disappointed. Bikes can be rented at….

Best View in Vancouver

Go up the 130 Glass Elevators to Vancouver Look Out for a bird’s eye view of the city. Children can learn about Vancouver through fun and interactive activities through the Junior Piilot’s Program.

Emery Barnes Park

This park has an excellent jungle gym to burn off some energy or as a place to meet other kids. Located on Richards at Davie Streets, is a small urban oasis offers many pleasant seating areas for eating lunch, reading a paper, or playing a game of chess. A fast-flowing stream culminates in a tiered fountain surrounded by pergolas and lush plantings. When the bright flowers of the summer have faded, mosaics in the streambed and next to the pathway continue to add colour throughout the winter.

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