Posted March 3, 2011 by Adam Toren in City Guides

Parks, Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

As easy as it would be to turn on a DVD and say to Jimmy, “now you be good and mommy will be back in 3 hours”, we all know that planning activities, games and fun for our children is in everyone’s best interests; the kids stay active, informed and educated, and the parents stay involved with their children, bonding with their little (or big) ones by actively taking part in how their time is spent.  Below is a comprehensive list of things to do to enjoy time with your children!

Parks, Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

What better place to let your children roam free than in the great outdoors.  Rain or shine, these outdoor spaces allow kids to run, skip, play and explore what nature has to offer.  The fresh air will leave them energized (and also ready for a good night’s sleep!)

Clinton Park
2690 Grant Street (@ Slocan Street)

Features: welcoming park with playing fields, a playground and a wading pool, shaded picnic tables.
Recreation Facilities: Baseball Diamond, Lighted Field, Playground, Rugby Field, Soccer Field,

Rupert Park
1600 Rupert Street (@ E 1st Avenue)

Features: Children’s play area, picnic area in the upper half of the park, pitch ‘n’ putt.

Almond Park
3600 W 12th Avenue (@ Dunbar Street)

Features: Recreation facilities, playground, tennis courts

Connaught Park
2390 W 10th Avenue (@ Vine Street)

Features: community centre, cricket pitch, field house, lighted field, playground,
Recreation Facilities: Adult soft ball, rink, rugby field, soccer field, water/spray park

Kitsilano Beach Park
1499 Arbutus Street (@ Cornwall Avenue)

Recreation Facilities: Basketball Courts, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Playgrounds, Tennis Court

Tatlow Park
2845 W 3rd Avenue (@ Point Grey Road)

Recreation Facilities: Field House, Playground, Tennis Courts

Choklit Park
W 7th Avenue & Spruce Street

This site was formerly the location of the Purdy’s Chocolate factory, hence the name!

Recreation Facilities: Playground

Granville Island Water Park
Granville Island

Recreation Facilities: Wading Pool, Water/Spray Park

Granville Park
3001 Fir Street (@ W 14th Avenue)

Recreation Facilities: Field House, Lawn Bowling, Playground,
Tennis Courts

For more information on parks in your area, please visit: http://www.kidsvancouver.com/

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is recognized around the globe as one of the great parks of the world!It is Vancouver’s first park and one of the city’s main tourist attractions.  Come to relax in the sun or share, roller blade, visit one of the many tourist attractions or just simply walk through and take some photos to remember your journey.  Below are some of the highlights of Stanley Park but be sure to visit their site for a complete list of events.www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/parks/parks/stanley

Children’s Farmyard
The Children’s Farmyard is home to over 200 animals, birds, and reptiles belonging to about 50 different species. Farm animals such as sheep, goats and potbellied pigs engage with visitors while other animals and reptiles are handled under the supervision of a Farmyard attendant.

Miniature Train
The Miniature Train has become one of Vancouver’s most popular attractions and carries over 200,000 passengers per year traveling through tunnels in a scenic journey through the forest. Call the info line at 604-257-8531for more information.

Second Beach Pool
Boasting one of Vancouver’s best views and open from late May through Labour Day, thislarge outdoor pool located on the park’s west side attract people of all ages.   A special section has been assigned for lap swimmers.

Water Park
The Variety Kids Water Park is Vancouver’s largest outdoor spray facilities.  Open daily from the end of May through Labour Day.


Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.