Thankfully the weather is going to start behaving so I can share with you my top 5 picks for the weekend, which include spending some time outside. Because really, there is no better place to be in summer than in Vancouver!
Top 5 Picks for July 25th-27th
1. Theatre Under the Stars
I love going to see a show at the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. And although I am not a huge musical fan, I love the atmosphere here so much that I have learned to almost love them. Last year I saw Legally Blonde, which I though quite hilarious and even wrote a post about it over on Vancouver Mom.
Stay tuned next week as I will be giving away 4 tickets for a Mama’s Night Out to see Legally Blonde!
2. The Honda Celebration of Light
I’m not a huge fireworks fan, really. But I do enjoy the party leading up to it and have a few favourite spots to go to with little ones so that the noise of the fireworks and the crowds don’t stand in the way of a relaxing evening.
Favourite Spots in Town to Watch the Fireworks with Kids
Locarno Beach, Jericho Beach, and Spanish Banks
These viewing spots are quite far away from it all, but if the weather is nice it doesn’t matter. I don’t mind not being close up to where the action is, and prefer the relaxed atmosphere here anytime really. There’s lots of space to spread your stuff out, although I’d get there early as parking will be a challenge.
Dundarave Pier in West Vancouver
Although it’s not this side of the bridge, it’s a lovely out of the way park that great for kids. Their concession stand has ice cream and not just Drumsticks and popsicles! They handscoop delicious cones in several flavours! And if you want a date night instead, there’s The Beach House restaurant with a great patio, although I’d make reservations ahead of time.
It can get very crowded but the vibe is more relaxed and there will be plenty of families picnicking here too. And it is actually very close to where the fireworks are going off so the view will be great without being stuck downtown.
Saturday July 26th is the first night of three in this year’s celebration. Then Wednesday July 30th and Saturday Aug 2nd. For more information check out their website.
3. Carousel Theatre for Young People
Shakespeare for Kids!
Love’s Labour’s Lost runs from July 25 to August 9, 2014, Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm on the Performance Works Outdoor Stage on Granville Island.
This performance takes place outdoors so it won’t be an early night for your little ones. Be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket! Seating is limited, so if you want to reserve a space you can, but that will run you $5 per seat. In case of rain, the show will be moved inside.
The interactive Craft Zone will be available in the Teen Shakespeare Village before the show and during intermission to help keep your kids busy and happy.
Thinking about Fall Classes for Kids?
Stage Kids, Ages 3-4
This is an energetic introduction to theatre and creative play. Through games, costumes, storytelling and silliness, performers are given an exciting environment to explore their imagination. Information about this fun program for Fall is here.
4. Nooners at Nat Bailey
Take them out to the ball game! Although it might be too late for you now, there is a nooner on today at 1.05pm. However you can still catch a great game tomorrow night as the Canadians play again at 7.05pm before they head out of town for a week or so.
5. Food Cart Fest
With the weather promising to be grand this weekend, why not take in the experience of the Food Cart Fest? Located west of the Olympic Village, the Food Cart Fest runs every Sunday in the summer and has a few new components this year to make it more fun. They’ve got a DJ, an astroturf areas to sit, a bouncy castle and activities for kids, ping pong and lots of shelter when it gets hot. It’s $2 to get in and is always free for Vancity members. And you can now enter from the seawall and from 2nd Ave. Nice.
Vij’s food truck is my favourite!
For more information and for times and dates, go to their website.
There you have it mama! Your top 5 picks Around Vancouver Town will make your weekend more splendid if the weather behaves!