Summer vacation is here, the moment that we have been counting down for since the start of June. Though my kids would love to spend their summer break travelling (Disneyland & Legoland are on their radar) that is just not in the cards.
My husband already used up his holiday time for the year in the spring, so we will be having a summer staycation this year. We are so lucky to be living in the Metro Vancouver area, where there are so many wonderful things that we can be doing, while still enjoying the comfort of being home.
Here is what is on our Staycation Bucket List for this summer break:
Attend a Canada Day event: What better way to start off our Summer Staycation than to celebrate our great land. There are a number of different Canada Day events happening around Metro Vancouver this year.
Visit a Summer Night Market: A great way to get out and spend time in your community and also support your local economy. Check out this listing of the local Summer night markets happening in Metro Vancouver this year.
Attend a showing of Disney’s Newsies: This smash hit musical experience is coming to Vancouver from July 5th – 10th. Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.
Visit the Vancouver Aquarium: It has been a few years since we have gone to the Aquarium as a family. In fact, my youngest has never been. We are excited to see the new Discover Rays Touch Pool.
Attend an Outdoor movie: Each year the FreshAirCinema travels to communities and brings an outdoor movie experience. We love attending these, as they are a great way to come together as a community and plus, they are FREE.
Attend a Theatre Under the Stars performance: This Summer TUTS presents Disney’s Beauty & the Beast and Westside Story.
Day trip to a lake: We are lucky to live in an area where you can get to many beautiful lakes within a 30-minute drive. We plan to check out as many of the lakes around us as possible this summer.
Visit a u-pick berry farm: One of the great things about summer is that there is no shortage of farm-fresh berries. We have already been once this year for strawberries, but hope to get back once the blueberry u-pick season opens.
Watch a drive-in movie: We are hoping to take our kids to Twilight Drive-in, the only drive-in movie theatre in Metro Vancouver, for the first time this summer.
Spend the day at a water spray park: What better way to beat the heat in the summer and on a budget, than to spend the day at a water spray park. We are so lucky to have cities that provide these parks for families each summer.
Go Bowling: We have signed up to take part in the Kids Bowl Free Program and hope to spend some time each week at our local bowling alley.
Visit the Greater Vancouver Zoo: We usually make a trip to the zoo each year. It is a great way to get outdoors as a family and still fit in a little bit of education over the summer break.
Go for a family bike ride: We recently purchased new bikes for the whole family and are hoping to get out and discover some trails this summer.
Visit Kidtropolis: This is the newest indoor play area for kids of all ages in Richmond. Kidtropolis is a city model designed to provide a safe, unique and realistic educational environment that lets kids engage in pretend play.
Build a fairy garden: We have been working hard this spring to clean up our backyard and there is one more project I am hoping to create with my kids. We have a huge pine tree in our backyard and I am looking for something that is going to dress up the ground below it.
A trip to the driving range: My father made a visit from Nova Scotia this May and introduced my boys to the driving range, which is now one of their favourite past times.
Mini golf: We are lucky enough to have Castle Fun Park within a 5-minute drive from our house. We are hoping to get over as a family and partake in a friendly game of mini golf.
Visit a local water slide park: There are a few different water slide parks in the Metro Vancouver area, but this year we are hoping to spend a day at Cultus Lake Waterpark.
Visit the PNE/Playland: It has been a few years since my family has made a trip to PNE/Playland. Now that our kids are older we are hoping to make a trip to Vancouver, to take part in the Fair when it arrives in August.
Join a Summer Reading Club: Each summer public libraries start up a Summer Reading Club to encourage children to keep reading over the summer break. I always enjoyed being part of this club as a child and taking part in the weekly storytime.
Camp out in the backyard: We just don’t have the time to get out camping this summer, so we are going to do our best to get the feel of camping in our own backyard.
Honda Celebration of Lights: It has been a number of years since we have taken part in the Celebration of Lights firework show that comes to English Bay each summer. This year things are a bit more family friendly with the YVR Observation Deck.
Wishing you all a safe and fun-filled summer break!