Around Vancouver Town: 2014 New Year Edition

Snowshow Grind, Grouse

Around Vancouver Town

With winter in full swing there is plenty to do in our lovely town to take advantage of the crisp cool weather.

Whether you’re an avid skier, snowboarder or prefer apres ski activities, you’ll find this edition of Around Vancouver Town chock full of wintery fun. And for the kids, keeping them busy by keeping them moving and engaged in the arts is a great way to have the most fun and makes for happier nap times.

And of course if your idea of taking advantage of the weather means staying indoors where it’s cozy there’s still plenty to do to stave off the January blues.

Arts Umbrella

Early Learning

An inspired introduction to self-expression for children ages 2 to 6, Early Learning classes provide young learners with their first experiences with the arts, at a key point in their cognitive development. Emphasis is placed on exploration, creativity and fun in classes that engage each age group in play.

Parent & Me classes transition young learners into the learning environment with topics such as Creative Dance, Visual Art, and Making Music.

Beginning the investigation into various mediums brings the arts to the youngest of learners in age-appropriate, engaging and enriching ways.

Classes start this week and then again in April.

Click HERE for the full program guide.

Weekly Family Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Every Sunday, the Gallery offers unique activities geared towards children 12 & under and their families. Join our team of Art Agents as they bring the exhibitions to life. Then move on to The Making Place, to experiment with themes, processes and materials in a number of engaging art-making activities.

Children go for FREE on Sundays! For more information, visit their website.

#GiveOn and Support the VICF

Have you joined our Giving Group to support the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. It’s a great way to involve yourself in the arts community and #giveon all year long. For more information check out this blog post.

Kid-Friendly Places ~ a fantastic interactive app!

Have you ever decided to go to a cafe, maybe somewhere new, then discovered when your newborn’s diaper exploded that there’s no change table in their bathroom?  Or maybe you wanted to grab a quick bite at a restaurant with a friend or two when you were all hungry, only to discover that they don’t have even one single high chair for your squirmy one-year-old?

Kid-Friendly Places (designed by Melissa Nunes from East Van) shows cafes, restaurants, accommodations, stores, activities, parks & other places that are rated as child-friendly by members.

The application shows spots that are good for breastfeeding, where the change tables are & other details that you need to know when out on the town with a baby or a toddler.

For more information check out Lisa Corriveau’s blog,

Here’s what’s happening on Grouse Mountain

The Snowshoe Grind Challenge

Whether you’re looking to test your skills against other participants or simply want to start 2014 on the right foot, the Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Grind Challenge is a fun-filled activity for snowshoers of all ages and levels of experience.

If it’s your first time on snowshoes or you’re looking for a more moderate route, the recreational category of our Snowshoe Grind Challenge is a lower-impact workout around Blue Grouse Loop that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Register now for the Snowshoe Grind up at Grouse Mountain

Cloud 9 Experience

To celebrate the premiere of the new movie Cloud 9 Family Channel and Disney XD are bringing the Cloud 9 Experience to Grouse Mountain!
Join us January 18th and 19th on the hill to pick up cool swag, check out exclusive content and take on the Cloud 9 run!

January 18-19th, Check showtimes on their website.


Winter Social Nights on Grouse Mountain

I’ve put this in because it looks fun but I’m not sure if its a singles thing. I plan on checking it out with hubby in tow though! Here’s what they have to say.

‘Looking for action on Wednesday nights?’

Head to Altitudes Bistro atop Grouse Mountain for Winter Social Nights. Strap on your snowshoes and hit the trails, put on your boots and hit the slopes at the Peak of Vancouver, then head to Altitudes Bistro to recuperate and replenish.

Starting a 6pm every Wednesday, we’ll have prizes, DJ tunes, food and drink specials provided by Granville Island Beer.
Grouse Mountain Social Nights, Every Wednesday at 6pm, Jan 8th to April 2nd.
Have a wonderful week and here’s to getting some ‘action’!

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