Kidsworld Summer is a program where kids and an accompanying adult can visit Vancouver attractions at a great price on specific days in the summer.
KIDSWORLD IN 2020 & 2021
Due to the current world situation, the Kidsworld Summer program was been modified for 2020. It still happened, which was great news! And it was still arguably the best deal for young families wanting to enjoy some of the Lower Mainland’s top attractions, which is also fabulous news!
In 2020, the summer program ran for just the month of August, so not in July too as is usually the case. To reflect the shorter season, the cost of membership dropped to just $40 per child.
Because of the pandemic, Kidsworld didn’t run in the fall of 2020 or the spring of 2021. It was also cancelled for the summer of 2021. The hope and plan is for it to return in 2022, although exact details are to be confirmed.
For more information about the program and its current status see the official Kidsworld website.
The Kidsworld Program
Kidsworld Summer is one of two different programs offered by Kidsworld which is a membership program designed for elementary school-aged children and their families.
Membership in the Kidsworld Summer program costs just $60 (most years) and it provides access to a different Lower Mainland place of interest for no additional charge on different days of the summer.
Kidsworld Summer provides access to area attractions during the summer holidays. Kidsworld 44, on the other hand, provides members with entrance to a selection of local attractions during the 44 weeks of the school year (although not in the 2020/21 season).
In years when there isn’t a pandemic, the two Kidsworld programs usually cost $60 each and they are without a doubt the best and most affordable ways for young families to be tourists in their own town.
To learn more about the Kidsworld program in general, click Vancouver Kidsworld. To learn more about the program with activities between September and June, click Kidsworld 44. And for information about the program during the school summer holidays, see below or visit the kidsworldprogram.com website.
Kidsworld Summer Program
Kidsworld Summer usually runs from July 1st until August 31st each year. Over the course of those two months the program offers a wide variety of activities on different days.
In 2020 the program ran from August 1st until August 31st.
Green and Yellow Passes
In the past couple of years there have been two versions of the Kidsworld Summer pass – the Green Pass and the Yellow Pass.
To prevent too many program participants descending on some of the smaller venues at the same time, the Kidsworld Summer program was divided into the two separate groups. This wasn’t the case in 2020, however, but might be again in 2022.
In years where there have been the two different passes, most of the activities included in the Green Pass were the same as those with the Yellow Pass, although there were some differences.
How Kidsworld Works
In exchange for a $60 membership (or $40 in 2020), children can attend a different event every day at no additional charge. For each child member an accompanying adult gets in free too! One day the child can take Dad. The next day he or she can take Grandma (or Mom or an aunt, uncle, neighbour or other adult friend)!
Kidsworld Summer 2020
Attractions participating in the Kidsworld Summer program in August of 2020 include the following:
- Eagle Acres – a farm in Langley that’s offering drive-thru-style farm tours which they call “Safarmis”.
- EcoDairy – a dairy farm in Abbotsford.
- Fraser River Discovery Centre – a kid-friendly museum with exhibits about river-related ecosystems and the environment in New Westminster.
- Grandview Lanes – a bowling alley on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive.
- Museum of Flight – a museum about airplanes and aviation in Langley.
- Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary – a nature preserve with walking trails and birds in Delta.
- Vancouver Maritime Museum – a museum about the maritime history of the Arctic and Pacific Northwest at Vanier Park.
- Vancouver Mysteries – an adventure game company where participants get to solve riddles and crack codes outdoors in Gastown.
Some in-person events take place on more than one day, which allows for member flexibility and prevents too many people attending on the same day. Members can choose when they want to attend events taking place on multiple dates, but can only attend each attraction once.
Past and Future Kidsworld Participating Attractions
To give you an idea of what to expect in future years, below is a list of attractions that have participated in the Kidsworld program in recent years.
Kidsworld in Vancouver
The following are attractions in the City of Vancouver that have participated in past years, but not in 2020:
- BC Lions – Kidsworld members have gotten a discount when purchasing tickets to see a BC Lions football game on a specific day in past summers. (Note: in this case it’s a discount – not the usual free admission.)
- BC Sports Hall of Fame – a sports museum located at BC Place Stadium.
- Beaty Biodiversity Museum – a natural history museum with collections of bugs, plants and animals at the University of British Columbia.
- Harbour Cruises – boat trips around Vancouver’s waterfront.
- Museum of Anthropology – an educational museum at UBC with artifacts of interest especially for adults and older children.
- Rogers Arena – a tour around Vancouver’s main sporting arena and home to the Vancouver Canucks hockey team.
- Stanley Park Train – a miniature train ride through the forest in world-famous Stanley Park.
- The Hive Bouldering – an indoor rock-climbing and bouldering facility with locations both in Vancouver and on the North Shore.
- Vancouver Art Gallery – the city’s largest and most famous art museum.
- Vancouver Lookout – 360-degree views of the city from the Harbour Centre tower in downtown Vancouver.
- Note: this is a great opportunity to show children where things are in the Lower Mainland from a birds-eye perspective.
- Vancouver Police Museum – a museum about police, crime, criminals and morgues.
- Vancouver Whitecaps – Kidsworld members have gotten a discount when purchasing tickets to see a Vancouver Whitecaps soccer game on a specific day in the summer. (Note: in this case it has been a discount – not the usual free admission, but still a valuable benefit.)
Kidsworld on the North Shore & Squamish
The following are attractions on the North Shore and Sea to Sky region that have participated in past years, but not in 2020:
- Maplewood Farm (North Vancouver) – the best place for young children to see chickens, pigs, goats, ducks and other farm animals on the North Shore.
- The Hive North Shore (North Vancouver) – an indoor rock-climbing and bouldering facility with locations in both Vancouver and the North Shore.
- West Coast Railway Heritage Park (Squamish) – a railway museum in Squamish with train cars you can actually go into.
Kidsworld in Richmond
The following Richmond-based attractions have participated in the Kidsworld program in past years, but not in the summer of 2020:
- Apex Adventure Plex – a giant trampolining facility with all kinds of features including a new Ninja Warrior obstacle course.
- Clip n’ Climb – an exceptional facility with ladders, staircases and colourful walls to climb up.
- Richmond Olympic Experience – Kidsworld members and their accompanying adult get a complimentary drop-in pass at the facility featuring state-of-the-art Olympic and other sport simulators.
- Watermania – one of the Lower Mainland’s best indoor swimming pool facilities.
Kidsworld in Surrey
The following Surrey-based attractions have participated in Kidsworld in recent years, although not in 2020:
- Bear Creek Train – a miniature train at Bear Creek Park.
- Birdies & Buckets Family Golf – a 9-hole par 3 pitch and putt golf course and driving range.
Kidsworld in the Fraser Valley
The following Fraser Valley event and attraction have participated in Kidsworld in the past, but aren’t in 2020:
- Abbotsford Agrifair – an agricultural fair that includes a midway, amusement rides and lots of farm animals in Abbotsford in August.
- Stave Falls (Mission) – a BC Hydro powerhouse station and information centre in Mission.
The above attractions are just some of our favourites participating in the Kidsworld Summer Program in the past couple of years. In addition to these, there have been lots more – one for pretty much every day in July and August.
For more information about Vancouver’s best way for young children and their families to see local attractions, click Kidsworld.
Click Kidsworld Summer 2020 for details about the program last year.
For information about the program’s activities between September and June, click Kidsworld 44.
For ideas on other things to do in the Lower Mainland throughout the year, check out any of the following:
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Vancouver Activities for Children
- Vancouver’s Top 24 Attractions
- Metro Vancouver’s Top 100 Places
- Vancouver Rainy Day Activities
- Vancouver on a Budget