Around Town with the Wee Ones

Introducing…  Around Town with the Wee Ones by Krista Wilson

At Vancouver Start Smart Preschool, we are fortunate to be connected with a vibrant and talented parent community support group.  This year one of the preschool mom’s, Krista Wilson, a local writer has offered to prepare “Around Town with the Wee Ones” for our families, a summary of seasonal activities to enhance your family experience.

Winter Activities

Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

Head up Grouse Mountain for a day or evening of snowy Christmas fun, with everything from Santa and reindeer, crafts and sleigh rides, to skating and tobogganing. New this year is a light show against the backdrop of the mountains. A ticket for a family of 4 is about $80, including the Skyride. Note the various start times for activities and check out certain dates for breakfast with Santa.  https://grousemountain.com/peak-of-christmas

Santa Claus Parade

Vancouver’s annual Santa Claus Parade will be held on Sunday, December 6. Activities kick off at 10.30 with family entertainment at the Vancouver Art Gallery, with the parade starting at 1pm. There are lots of great viewing spots along the almost 2km route, which starts on Georgia at Broughton and then heads south on Howe to Davie. Don’t forget to bring a donation for the Food Bank. http://rogerssantaclausparade.com/general-information/

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

If your kids like trains, lights and music, Bright Nights in Stanley Park is sure to be a hit. Between November 26 and January 2, take the train through the park to see lights and live performances. Buy tickets in advance and plan to spend some time in Train Plaza. Matinee tickets are available for viewing displays along the route, but you’ll miss the twinkling of the lights and the live performances. Free parking.                                                                   http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.aspx

 Food & drink

Rocky Mountain Pizza

One of the best family restaurants in town, this place has it all!  Rocky Mountain Flatbread uses local, organic ingredients and the kids love it here! Their food is definitely kid approved (Mac & cheese and cheese pizza being favourites), and while you finish your dinner and local wine or craft beer, the kids head over to the play kitchen to mingle with the other kids. Sunday & Monday nights kids make their own pizza between 5-7pm. 2 locations, Main Street and Kitsilano. http://rockymountainflatbread.ca/

Sweet Salt

Sweet Salt is a cozy, family-friendly German bakery on Fraser street. It’s a nice place to relax, catch up with friends, and enjoy a traditional German treat while your little one plays in the designated play area. http://www.sweetsalt.ca/