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Kids Vancouver

Kids: Booties for Cuties

By SHERI RADFORD
Feb. 2018

Adorable fox booties by Stonz.

As any parent knows, getting boots onto the tender tootsies of tiny tots can be a supreme struggle. Vancouverite Lisa Will experienced the challenge firsthand when her son was an infant. Out of that struggle, Stonz booties were born. Loosen the two adjustable toggles to slip them on, then tighten the toggles to keep them in place. The fleece lining ensures teeny feet stay warm and cozy, while the soft, non-skid soles help little ones to develop balance. Available at MEC or online.

Relive Vancouver’s Gold-Medal Glory

The 2010 Winter Games may have been eight years ago, but when it comes to Olympic activities, the city is ready for its victory lap

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Feb. 2018

The Olympic Cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza was lit by hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. (Photo by KK Law)

In 2010, Vancouver had a gold-medal year. World-class athletes and their spirited fans crowded the streets to gasp and cheer over every triumph and defeat—from the mechanical malfunctions at the opening ceremonies to Sidney Crosby’s gold medal–clinching overtime goal.

From Feb. 9 to 25, the world is turning its attention to PyeongChang, South Korea, the official venue of the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. But in Vancouver, the legacy still lives on. Here’s where to recapture that Olympic spirit. (more…)

Onstage: East Van Panto’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

By SHERI RADFORD

Talk about a bad apple.

To Jan. 6, 2017 Get ready to cheer for the plucky heroine and boo the dastardly villain as East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves takes over the York Theatre for a month of puns, slapstick and sustained silliness. What challenges does Snow White face in the wilds of East Vancouver? Everything from riding the PNE’s wooden rollercoaster to confronting the evil Queen of North Vancouver. Will our heroine live happily ever after? You’ll have to see the show to find out.

Holiday Gift Guide: For Cool Kids

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Can’t figure out what wee ones might want to find under the tree? Part four of our five-part gift guide series has you covered.

Hudson’s Bay reveals its true stripes by donating the proceeds from Hudson—this year’s limited-edition Charity Bear—to Headfirst, which supports mental health initiatives across Canada. (more…)

Interview: Cirque du Soleil Aerialist Anne Weissbecker

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Aerialist Anne Weissbecker performs acrobatics on a flying bicycle for Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios (Photo by Martin Girard/ShootStudio.ca. Costume by Philippe Guillotel)

Oct. 19 to Dec. 31, 2017 “We all have, I’m sure, weird luggage,” laughs Anne Weissbecker. The aerialist is talking about what it’s like to travel with Cirque du Soleil—around six cities a year, with two months spent in each location. “Your whole life is in your suitcase,” she says. “I am French, so I always have my coffee machine, and some pans to cook. You have to find things that make you happy.” (more…)

Schmooze with Sea Lions

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

It’s always a roarin’ good time at Steller’s Bay. (Photo: Vancouver Aquarium)

Looking to meet some locals? Then head to the Vancouver Aquarium for an introduction to some of the most sociable West Coasters around: Steller sea lions. Like any true local, they love seafood, sunbathing and ocean swims. Find them enjoying all their favourite things at Steller’s Bay, the Aquarium’s latest exhibit. Not only is it the perfect place to meet and greet these charismatic creatures, but it’s also an active research station that helps scientists understand why wild Steller sea lions are disappearing. We can’t think of a better reason to get up close and personal.

35 Things Kids Love About Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD + Photos by KK LAW

Kids can choose from a cornucopia of ice cream flavours on Granville Island.

Kids can choose from a cornucopia of ice cream flavours on Granville Island.

  1. Splashing around in seaside Kitsilano Pool and Second Beach Pool.
  2. Grinder and Coola, two orphaned grizzly bears at Grouse Mountain.
  3. Putting the pedal to the metal at Richmond Go-Karts.
    (more…)

Fair Attractions at the PNE

By SHERI RADFORD

At the PNE, every day is a holiday.

At The Fair at the PNE, every day is a holiday.

Aug. 19 to Sep. 4, 2017 One day is never enough to take in all the sights, sounds and smells of The Fair at the PNE. For over a century, this summertime fair has been entertaining both the young and young-at-heart with rides, outdoor concerts and mouth-watering food. Cheer on the SuperDogs, visit farm animals and wander through the PNE Prize Home. And we dare you to resist the aroma of Those Little Donuts—a scent guaranteed to send Vancouverites into a feeding frenzy.

Harmony Arts Festival Comes to West Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

Pull up a chair for a series of fresh-air artistry, from music to film and everything in-between

Pull up a chair for some fresh-air artistry, from music to film and everything in-between

Aug. 4 to 13, 2017 Whether you want to take in an art exhibit, listen to live music, watch a film screening or browse for handmade crafts, you’re in luck. The Harmony Arts Festival has all that and more, set against a stunning ocean backdrop. This annual festival in West Vancouver brings locals and visitors alike to the waterfront for art-focussed activities, for the budding Picasso or Beethoven in each of us.

Meet a Mountie

By CHLOË LAI

Spend a summer afternoon with friendly Mounties at the Burnaby Village Museum

Spend a summer afternoon with friendly Mounties at the Burnaby Village Museum

To Aug 29, 2017 You may have heard of the Canadian tuxedo—an all-denim outfit reportedly inspired by Bing Crosby—but the true mark of a special occasion in Canada is the presence of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in their scarlet dress uniforms. (Trivia fans: these iconic outfits are called “red serge.”) Usually, the most you’d get is a smile and a wave as our sharply dressed federal lawkeepers ride by in a parade. All that changes for Canada 150—every Tuesday all summer long, merry Mounties pose for pictures with visitors at the Burnaby Village Museum from noon to 2 p.m. Polish your boots and straighten your smile, because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with the “eh” team.

Theatre Under the Stars Returns to Stanley Park

By SHERI RADFORD

The Drowsy Chaperone tickles funny bones at the Malkin Bowl. (Photo: Tim Matheson)

The Drowsy Chaperone tickles funny bones at the Malkin Bowl. (Photo: Tim Matheson)

Jul. 7 to Aug. 26, 2017 Grab your favourite umbrella and head to Stanley Park for a “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” outdoor experience, as the world’s favourite nanny graces the stage of Malkin Bowl all summer long. Theatre Under the Stars presents the musical Mary Poppins, based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, on alternating nights with the Jazz Age musical parody The Drowsy Chaperone. The pairing is “practically perfect in every way.”

Great Canadian Inventions at Science World

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Discover Canadian inventions at Science World.

Science World’s Made in Canada exhibit is a hands-on exploration of innovation.

To Sep. 4, 2017 What do the Wonderbra, egg carton and goalie mask have in common? They were all invented by inquiring Canadian minds. Find out more about the True North’s innovative spirit—and get creative yourself—at Science World’s interactive Made in Canada exhibit. Kids of all ages can build and create 3D art, design a fast (or slow) bobsled and learn about local inventions in this hands-on exhibition. Ready, set, invent!