We do visit Granville Island a Lot
Vancouver International Children's Festival
Granville Island has held a children's
festival for as long as I remember - every year for a week, the
parking went from bad to just terrible. The festival has
actually been going for roughly 40 years. We were down at
Granville Island because of a class at the rec center and the kids
wanted to go into the play area. Saturday we were busy, but
Sunday we went.
There is a face painting tent with about
20 people paining faces. I've never seen so many painters
all in the same place. Claira picked a tricky picture so
there was a bit of a wait.
Next up was a ball pit on a large scale -
First Time This Year at the Water Park
Living near Granville Island means
you can walk down, have an activity and walk home all in the same
hour. The water park open after the May long weekend so we
brought bathing suits. You know it's a bad sign when you have
to ask the staff to turn on the water slide. Nara had three
slides, Claira just one before they got too cold.
The park has new hoses this year so the spray goes a lot
farther. Unfortunately Claira got soaked with the large
fountain and it ended her day. The kids had lunch at the
picnic table and we went home.
Richmond Night Market
It's been something like a decade since I've last been to the
Richmond Night Market. Years ago the show split and
there were two competing markets and neither did well. We are
back to a single night market and it seems to be doing quite
well. We parked outside (there was a 45 minute line up to get
into the free parking lot) and waited perhaps 20 minutes to pay our
admission fee (4.25 each adult, kids were free).
The attractions have gotten much fancier.
They had a giant pool with paddle boats - 10 dollars for a roughly a
10 minute paddle. While the kids did get life jackets, they
weren't CSA certified and we missing straps so I don't know how
effective they would have been. The kids had a good time.
Keira and Kaylee's Birthday
Keira and Kaylee are my cousin's daughters. They happen to
have the same birthday 2 years apart. Their mother, my cousin
kindly invited us to their birthday party at Queens park in New
West. Marcus and James were also invited so the four kids
played together for a few hours.
Queens Park has a lot of attractions in a small area. They
have a lot of playground including a two story climbing
structure. The kids like to play grounders (a variation on
tag) but unfortunately Claira had a tough time getting out of "it".
Queens park also has a nice petting zoo.
Thanks again to Sonia and her family for inviting us!
This year Claira wanted to go to the Adventure Zone at Granville
Island for her birthday. We have held so many birthdays here
that the staff know us by name and we knew to book it a few months
Crawling in the play gym with the kids is getting tricky. The
kids are bigger and faster and they don't always see having a parent
around as being helpful. I stuck around with some of the
younger kids, but the older kids did their own thing.
Claira really wanted a chocolate plaque that said Happy Birthday -
it turned into a special order. Getting 2 dozen cupcakes at
10am on a Sunday is actually a bit tricky - most of the cupcake
places don't open that early or can't provide the numbers that
early. We wound up going with whole foods who had no problem
with the special order.
After the birthday party, we went out to the water park to play
around before coming home.
Claira's Ballet Class
Nara took Ballet when she was younger but
the teach moved so the classes stopped. Claira wanted to as
well and we finally found a class available at the Granville
Island Community Center. Her last class of the spring
semester was today and they let parents in to see them
dance. Her class was less than half full - I suspect many
families were out of town for Canada Day.
The kids had two dance
numbers. First they did Sleeping Bunnies where they started by
lying down and then "woke up" and hopped around until the song told
them to lie down again.
The next dance was a bit more choreographed. The kids had
practices but the instructor was behind us reminding them of
the of the moves.
Tags: Granville Island(6), ballet(6), water park(3), slide(2), petting zoo(2), Richmond Night Market(1)
People: Claira(32), Nara(19), Marcus(9), James(4)
From: John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2018 to 2005 > June 2018
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