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Last month of the year.


Until today, I had never been to the Bloedel conservatory.  The big dome at QE Park has been around for 45 years and they had an open house to celebrate.  It was a rainy day so a day under the dome seemed like a great idea!

Nara With ASnow Man On Her FaceGrandma And Claira At The ConservatoryGrandma And Nara At The Conservatory

Burnaby Lake Nature House

This weekend also turned out to be an open house at the Burnaby Lake Nature House.  The Nature house had decorate your own cookies and make your own bird masks.  The kids had a good time making things, but they also enjoy feeding the animals.
Claira Throwing Duck Food Nara Trying To Bring ASquirrel Home

Female Greater ScaupMale Wood DuckSong Sparrow In The Grass
 
Green Winged Teal MaleMale Greater Scaup

Terra Nova Adventure Play Area

 
Field Of Snow Geese
Helen was feeling a little under the weather so I took the kids out of the house for a few hours of fun at the Terra Nova Adventure Play Area.  On the way there we found a large flock of Snow Geese feeding on the grass - I was  surprised how tolerant they were to people walking by.


The playground is targeting older kids so while it's a stretch for Nara, it is often downright impossible for Claira.  There is a nice infant swing that Claira does like, but she often watches her sister doing activities and just wants to do the same thing.  I think she is pretty scared of the zip line, but she insists on doing it since her sister gets such a big laugh out of it.

Nara Climbing On Spider WebNara Tight Rope WalkerNara On The Zip LineClaira On The Zip Line

Girls On The Zip Line
We usually end with the disk swing - fun for both kids at the same time.  After the playground we usually go out to the parking lot and watch the planes at YVR while eating cheese sticks.  Terra Nova really is a big hit.



Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens Winter Solstice

This time of the year is so dominated by Christmas, it's nice to see an event that isn't Christmas. We have been to this event before back in December 2007.  This event has changed a lot - it now suggests admission and it's about 10 times more crowded.  I often wondered how far we had exceeded fire code. 

Claira Touching ALantern Crowds With Lotus Flowers In Pond

Ting And Koy Lotus Flowers And ArchwayThey do a nice job decorating the garden with lights.  There are lanterns shaped like lotus flowers in on pond and lanterns shaped like koy in the other pond.  The Ting has a backlit image filling the panels and there is a lantern making workshop where kids are making their own lanterns.

Dad And The Kids With Lanterns Girls Sitting On A BenchFinding a good spot to take a photo of kids was a bit of trick - the garden is mostly made of skinny walks and there just wasn't enough space to get far enough back.





Girls On The Zip Line
Person: Nara, Claira
Tags: swing, Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment
Claira Throwing Duck Food
Person: Claira, Janet
Tags: Burnaby Lake
Nara On The Zip Line
Person: Nara
Tags: flare, Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment, zipline
Nara With ASnow Man On Her Face
Person: Nara
Tags: face paint
Lotus Flowers And Archway
Altitude: 19m (62 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: crowd, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, lantern, night
Girls Sitting On A Bench
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, night
Dad And The Kids With Lanterns
Person: Claira, John, Nara
Altitude: 16m (52 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Trying To Bring ASquirrel Home
Song Sparrow In The Grass
Species: Melospiza melodia (Song Sparrow)
Tags: Burnaby Lake
Crowds With Lotus Flowers In Pond
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: crowd, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, flower, lantern, night
Claira On The Zip Line
Person: Claira
Tags: flare, Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment, zipline
Nara Climbing On Spider Web
Person: Nara
Tags: climbing, Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment
Ting And Koy
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, HDR, Koy, lantern, night
Female Greater Scaup
Species: Aythya marila (Greater Scaup)
Tags: Burnaby Lake
Claira Touching ALantern
Person: Claira, Helen
Altitude: 15m (49 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, lantern, night
Grandma And Nara At The Conservatory
Person: Janet, Nara
Tags: face paint
Male Greater Scaup
Species: Aythya marila (Greater Scaup)
Tags: Burnaby Lake
Field Of Snow Geese
Species: Chen caerulescens (Snow Goose)
Tags: field
Grandma And Claira At The Conservatory
Person: Janet, Claira
Green Winged Teal Male
Species: Anas crecca carolinensis (Green-winged Teal)
Tags: Burnaby Lake
Nara Tight Rope Walker
Person: Nara
Tags: Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment
Male Wood Duck
Species: Aix sponsa (Wood Duck)
Tags: Burnaby Lake
Tags: Burnaby Lake(6), Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden(5), night(5), Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment(5), lantern(4), crowd(2)
People: Nara(8), Claira(7), Janet(3), John(1), Helen(1)
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