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Lots of indoor activities


Gym At The Roundhouse

We have been to playgym's at other community centers - Trout Lake, Mt Pleasant and Granville Island so we are starting to get a sense about what is unique about each gym.  We normally go to classes Saturday morning at the Roundhouse but Claira's last class was the week before and Nara's class was canceled at the last minute with a sick teacher so we decided to do the drop in gym.  This gym doesn't have a bouncy castle (the highest value kid gym item) but it did have a lot of vehicles and a good selection of mats to play on.

 
Claira Pulling Nara In Wagon Nara Offering Driving Lessons
Nara Preparing For A Big Jump Claira Looking Down Romantic

NightQuest at The UBC Endowment Lands

This was our first year doing NightQuest - I found it on the GVRD website.  This event has been running for years and it certainly popular with families.  We arrived at 7pm just before it got dark and pushed the stroller through the various events.

Start Of Night Quest With Lit Skunk Cabbage
The actual route is more than a kilometer long and totally stroller friendly.  Every few hundred meters there are little displays where people in costumes talk about animals.  The owl and the flying squirrel was a crowd favorite, but there were other stations for bats and shrews and more.  The trail was lit up with about a billion battery powered tea lights.  It was impressive.

Two Face Nara Riding In Stroller

Pushing Stroller Past Dusk
Nara and Claira don't get outside in the dark much so this was quite a treat for them.  I enjoyed the late night sunset (thankfully it wasn't raining) and all activity going on.

Claira In The Stroller Watching Owl And SquirrelThree Purple Jackets

Having young kids we had to get leave pretty early, but I could imagine more fun as the kids get older.

Richmond Nature Park


  Nara Walking On Edge Of Boardwalk Claira Trying To Emulate Nara Walking On Balance Beam
There are a lot of rainy or overcast days in a Vancouver spring so on a nice day, you really do feel the need to go outside.  We picked the Richmond Nature park because it has an easy walk for the kids and Nara likes the climbing ropes.  We should expect more of this - Nara was walking on the edge of the boardwalk and Claira tried to copy her.  It didn't take long before Claira fell into the leaves.
Walking Down The Boardwalk

  John And Nara At The Pond
We looked for turtles, frogs and dragonflies but we are too early in the season to see them.  Sometimes you can see the turtles in the winter (they are pet store refugee's) but today they were all playing in the mud at the bottom of the pond.



Nara Climbing On Rope Net With Reflection Claira Again Trying To Copy Her Sister
As I said, Nara really likes the climbing gym.  She needs a bit of help with the larger gaps and doesn't climb very high up but she doesn't mind being at least her own height off the ground without anyone near by.  Claira of course wants to do what she is doing.

Nara Climbing Onto Rope Gym

Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is one of the prime destinations for kids in Vancouver, but it isn't easy for photography.  The aquarium doesn't open until 10am which doesn't leave much time before Claira needs to head in the direction of a nap.  Many of the exhibits are dark (under water) which I'm sure is better for the animals but it is a challenge. 

Claira And Grandpa With BelugaGrandma And Nara With ABelgua
 
Nara With The Artic CharNara With The Red Frogs
 
Trying to parent while taking photos is a recipe for opportunities lost.  If guess if we just go enough times, I'll eventually gather a set of images I like.





Nara Climbing On Rope Net With Reflection
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
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Tags: Richmond Nature Park
Nara With The Red Frogs
Person: Nara
Tags: Vancouver Aquarium
Claira In The Stroller Watching Owl And Squirrel
Two Face Nara Riding In Stroller
Nara Climbing Onto Rope Gym
Person: Nara
Altitude: 9m (29 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Richmond Nature Park
Nara Preparing For A Big Jump
Person: Nara
Tags: play gym
Grandma And Nara With ABelgua
Tags: Vancouver Aquarium
Nara Offering Driving Lessons
Tags: play gym
Start Of Night Quest With Lit Skunk Cabbage
Person: Claira, Helen
Nara With The Artic Char
Person: Nara
Tags: Vancouver Aquarium
Claira Again Trying To Copy Her Sister
Location: Go To...
Tags: Richmond Nature Park
Nara Walking On Edge Of Boardwalk
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Richmond Nature Park
Pushing Stroller Past Dusk
Three Purple Jackets
Person: Claira, Nara, Helen
John And Nara At The Pond
Person: John, Nara
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Richmond Nature Park
Claira Pulling Nara In Wagon
Person: Claira
Tags: play gym
Claira Looking Down Romantic
Person: Claira
Tags: play gym
Walking Down The Boardwalk
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Richmond Nature Park
Claira Trying To Emulate Nara Walking On Balance Beam
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Richmond Nature Park
Claira And Grandpa With Beluga
Person: Claira
Tags: Vancouver Aquarium
Tags: Richmond Nature Park(7), Vancouver Aquarium(4), play gym(4)
People: Nara(8), Claira(7), Helen(2), John(1)
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