After finding absolutely NO family-friendly event listings for the North Shore this weekend, I was inspired to give you a quick taste of my favourite go-to places with my girls (now 1.5 and 3.5) on rainy weekends like this. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend with your little ones, and maybe we’ll see you out there!
I am especially excited to tell you about my new favourite rainy day playground for kids & parents alike! Since my daughters were born, I have been waiting for something like Bearfoot Playground to open on the North Shore….a place where kids can play for hours and parents can join in or choose to work or socialize in the coffee shop built right into the middle of the play space! I took both of my girls there over the holidays and we’re all hooked. It’s a clean, bright, beautiful space that I am excited to go back to again and again with my girls, and to host many of our upcoming Modern Mama workshops and Mama’s Nights Out there! Stay tuned…..
The ballroom on the second level of Lonsdale Quay is by far my girls’ favourite weekend outing on a rainy day. We throw on muddy buddies for the walk & bus ride to the Quay, and the girls are usually entertained for at least an hour by the stairs, slide & tons of colourful balls, as well as the rides & playhouse in the adjoining playroom. Grab yourself a coffee or hot chocolate and relax on the bench outside the ballroom where you can observe through the glass. And when your kiddies are done with the ballroom & rides, the market down below provides at least another hour of entertainment & yummy food options!
This is a fantastic 1-hour drop-in activity for kids aged 1-5 . The enormous gym is chock full of equipment for climbing, swinging, bouncing & more, including balance beams, padded blocks & mats, large & mini trampolines, and a huge foam block pit for the more adventurous kids. This is a popular activity & space is limited, so be sure to secure your spot at the front desk up to one hour in advance. $6 per child, and must be accompanied by a parent.
Sunday, Jan 12th drop-in times: (ages 1-5) 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (family drop-in 1-12 years) 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Love, love, love Gymboree Play & Music on the North Shore (near Capilano Mall). The space is open & bright, the staff is always cheerful & welcoming, and the padded climbing equipment & music classes provide endless entertainment for kids aged 0-5. With two kids under 4, my favourite thing about monthly membership at Gymboree is the open gym times that are included Wednesdays (3:30 to 5:30 pm) and Saturdays (9:00 – 10:15 am).
Saturday, Jan 11th class times: (open gym) 9:00 – 10:15 am, (Play & Learn 5) 10:30 – 11:15 am, (Play & Learn 6) 11:30 am – 12:15 pm, (Family Play Gym) 12:30 – 1:15pm
Starbucks in Edgemont Village is our family favourite for a rainy weekend morning, as we can enjoy a coffee and newspaper while our little ones are busy playing with the pretend food in the miniature kitchen. The staff at this location is particularly used to catering to babies & toddlers (with a preschool located 1/2 a block away), and they’ve got very helpful amenities like a button-operated front door, change table, large private washroom that can fit even a large double stroller, miniature paper cups with lids & straws for toddlers, and free WiFi. I’ve even seen the staff bring out stickers on occasion to calm a tantrum or two!
Enjoy all that our lovely North Shore has to offer…rain and all!