CHILDREN’S ATTRACTIONS

1. Vancouver Aquarium

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Canada’s largest aquarium introduces kids to everything from otters and penguins to tropical fish in re-created natural habitats. The on-site naturalists provide great insight into animal behavior. Special events for kids include sleepovers with sea lions.

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Visitors enjoying the fascinating exhibits at Vancouver Aquarium

2. H. R. MacMillan Space Centre

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Children here (see H. R. MacMillan Space Centre) can touch a moon rock, watch star shows, morph into aliens, or climb aboard a spacecraft and let the motion simulator replicate the feeling of space travel.

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Young visitors exploring the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

3. OMNIMAX® Theatre

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Watching films on the massive five-story screen situated inside the Science World building will make children feel like they are right in the middle of the action.

4. Science World

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Children can learn science in a fun way through the interactive displays at this hands-on discovery center (see Science World). Science World also offers healthy fast-food dining, with a special children’s menu.

5. Stanley Park

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The miniature railway at Stanley Park makes a fun 15-minute excursion. From March through October, the park also offers horse-drawn tours, which are relaxing and cover many of the popular spots. Kids can also play a round of golf at the pitch-and-putt course. Second Beach has a play area, a swimming pool and a beach.

6. Grouse Mountain

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There’s more than skiing and snowboarding at Grouse. In summer, try hiking, zip-lining, paragliding, guided eco-walks, or riding the Skyride to the top. At the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, visitors can see peregrine falcons, owls, and grizzlies. Loggers throw axes and roll logs at the famous lumberjack shows.

7. Granville Island Water Park

prac_info 1318 Cartwright St • 604 257 8195 • Open summer only (check the website) • www.falsecreekcc.ca

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Kids will love splashing in the cool spray, shooting water cannons, and zooming down water slides at this large water park. There are changing rooms and bathrooms in the False Creek Community Centre next door.

8. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Walk the swaying bridge, then climb Treetops Adventure’s boardwalks and platforms perched high in the forest at this park.

9. Playland and the Pacific National Exhibition

prac_info 2901 E Hastings St • Playland: open summer (hours vary, check website); adm • Pacific National Exhibition: 604 253 2311; open mid-Aug–early Sep; www.pne.ca

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With rides for all ages, Playland is always a hit with children. Highlights include its famed wooden roller coaster and climbing wall. During the Pacific National Exhibition, held on the same site as Playland, many additional rides are available. The exhibition also features monster truck races and demolition derbies.

10. Maplewood Farm

prac_info 405 Seymour River Pl • 604 929 5610 • Adm • www.maplewoodfarm.bc.ca

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Kids enjoy pony rides, sheep shearing demos, and mingling with the animals at this farm. There is a picnic area, a greenhouse, and an aviary, too.

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Milking activity at Maplewood Farm

TOP 10 PLACES TO EAT WITH KIDS

1. The Old Spaghetti Factory

prac_info 53 Water St • 604 684 1288

Italian dishes are served in an old 19th century-themed warehouse.

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The Old Spaghetti Factory exterior

2. Pizzeria Ludica

prac_info 189 Keefer Pl • 604 669 5552

Diners can play one of over 700 board games at this fun-filled Italian joint situated in Chinatown.

3. Sophie’s Cosmic Café

prac_info 2095 W 4th Ave • 604 732 6810

This place has 1950s decor with booths and big portions of comfort food.

4. Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

prac_info 1876 W Ist Ave • 604 730 0321

Organic pizzas and a play area for kids; parents can relax with good wine.

5. Café Deux Soleils

prac_info 2096 Commercial Dr • 604 254 1195

This vegetarian place is where hip young families come to meet and eat. There’s a great toddlers’ play area.

6. Go Fish

prac_info 1505 W 1st Ave • 604 730 5040

This tiny seafood shack offers some of the best fish and chips in the city.

7. Aphrodite’s

prac_info 3605 W 4th Ave • 604 733 8308

This eatery offers organic brunch and has high chairs and crayons for kids.

8. Burgoo

prac_info 4434 W 10th Ave • 604 221 7839

This comfort food bistro, with a sunny little patio, offers a special kids’ menu.

9. Sal y Limón

prac_info 701 Kingsway • 604 677 4247

A lively Mexican café in East Vancouver with a small play area for the little ones.

10. White Spot

prac_info 405 Dunsmuir St • 604 899 4581

Classic burgers and fries are available here, as well as healthier choices.

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