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Top 10 Free Things to Do with Children in Spring

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There are so many things to do with children in Metro Vancouver in early spring and during the school holidays, and some of the best are actually free.

Free Spring Activities for Kids

It’s tough to know where to take kids on a fixed budget in Vancouver at Spring Break. Check out these highly affordable kid-friendly places and activities.

Rice Lake and Lynn Canyon
Rice Lake and Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver
  • Go for a family bike ride or walk around Stanley Park‘s seawall, or go for a hike or cycle through the park’s interior forested trails. The sunsets this time of year are gorgeous, especially from Second Beach and Third Beach.
  • Stroll or cycle along the False Creek Seawall, and visit Granville Island or the beach at English Bay on the way.
  • Go hiking in North Vancouver at Lynn Canyon Park, with its beautiful forested trails and suspension bridge (for which there is no charge).
  • Visit North Vancouver’s Capilano River Regional Park and hike from the Cleveland Dam to the Capilano River Hatchery and back. Round trip it should take about an hour, plus a bit of time to look around.
  • Go for a picnic and enjoy the early cherry blossoms at any of the hundreds of locations in the region where the blossoms are blooming. (For locations check out the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Neighbourhood Map).
  • Walk around one of the Lower Mainland’s beautiful lakes, including Rice Lake in North Vancouver, Alice Lake up the Sea to Sky Highway near Squamish, or Rolley Lake near Mission. For each of these lakes take your fishing rod, and if visiting Alice Lake be sure to stop by Shannon Falls too.
  • Take the kids for a picnic, like at Ambleside in West Vancouver where you can play at the beach and then go for a stroll along the seawall toward Dundarave. John Lawson Park halfway between the two has an amazing children’s play area. Fishing and crabbing are also permitted on a couple of the piers. Try to be there in the evening as well if it’s a clear day – the North Shore sunsets can be amazing. Or, with small children, check out Cates Park in North Vancouver to play on the great kids playground structure there and search for tiny crabs under rocks at the beach. Another great children’s playground is the amazing Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment at the Terra Nova Rural Park in Richmond.

Spring Break

North Shore Family Activities

For more ideas on what to do with kids any time of the year, check out Vancouver’s best places for children.

For things to do during the school Spring Break in 2018, check out Vancouver’s Best Place’s Spring Break Activity Recommendations.