Rainy day activities for kids in Vancouver

Don’t let a little wet weather dampen your family fun. Vancouver offers plenty of engaging and educational indoor activities for kids to enjoy when it's pouring rain outside. Parenting blogger and yoyomama.ca founder Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit shares some of her favourite rainy day activities for kids in Vancouver.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

2212 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum located on the UBC campus is kind of a hidden gem; it’s like a mini museum of natural history in the heart of the city and they have more than 500 permanent exhibits, including dinosaur fossils. There’s a large kids’ area where museum staff put on a variety of interactive and educational activities. The 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton on display in the atrium is the largest of its kind in Canada and is a very cool specimen for kids to see.

Kids Market

1496 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y5

The Kids Market on Granville Island is always a fun indoor spot to visit with kids of all ages. Not only do they have great shopping options, but there’s also an indoor playground with an arcade and climbing gym area. Of course, no visit to the Kids Market is complete without a stop at Granville Island Toy Company. They sell lots of Playmobil and Lego as well as independent toys and craft supplies.

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2

While this serene space is technically outdoors, most of the garden is actually sheltered from the rain so it’s still a fun place to explore with the kids on a dreary day. The Chinese-style city garden features a number of covered walkways and pavilions. After touring the gardens, you can go check out some of the tasty places to eat in Chinatown and warm up with some dumplings and steamed buns.

Jump Gymnastics

101-837 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2M6

This kids-only fitness studio with locations in North Van and Yaletown focuses on physical literacy and non-competitive gymnastics. Instructors offer a variety of programming options and drop-in classes for youngsters aged six months to seven years old. The playful sessions are a great rainy day activity – especially if you want the kids to blow off some steam.

Carousel Theatre For Young People

1411 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R7

If you find yourself at home on a rainy day, you can always check the schedule at the Carousel Theatre for Young People. Located on Granville Island, the theatre specializes in kid-focused programming. Live performances are designed for age-specific audiences – the accessible and fun daytime shows are ideal for young children (aged six and under) while the afternoon and evening shows are engaging for older kids.

Bloedel Conservatory

4600 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M9

The Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park is a local favourite to visit on a cold, rainy day because it’s always hot and steamy inside. The greenhouse is home to lots of colourful flowers and tropical plants as well as animals – turtles, parrots and more. Kids of all ages love to explore the grounds and see the diverse wildlife.

YVR - Vancouver International Airport

3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC V7B 0A4

Not many people know about the public observation lounge at YVR, but it’s a great little day trip to do with the kids – especially if they’re into planes. Kids can peer into a telescope through the floor-to-ceiling windows and watch the planes land and take off on the runway. Plus you also get the fun of taking the Canada Line to the airport; the SkyTrain ride is always fun for youngsters. The airport opens at 5:00 am (so it’s great for kids who get up really early) and the observation deck is free, so the price is definitely right!

Vancouver has such an incredible variety of kid-friendly attractions; it’s hard to know where to start. Parenting blogger and yoyomama.ca founder Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit shares her thoughts on the city’s top outdoor activities and must-see museums that’ll entertain both young and old. Check out her picks below and start planning your next family outing!
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