Happy Family Day! An overview of the stops along our route that feature family friendly activities or special events for the new statutory holiday.The word free is repeated three times! Use it to plan out an action filled day.
Stop 4: The Vancouver Art Gallery
The Art Gallery has free entrance for kids when accompanied by parents, and child-friendly workshops and tours from 12 to 4. For your little picaso in the making!
Outside the Art Gallery is the Robson Square Ice Rink that has free skating if you have your own skates or $4 for rentals.
Stop 13: The Vancouver Aquarium
Having just launched their new event “The Secret World of Sharks and Rays” the aquarium features four new shows throughout the day. There is also a 4-D theatre, penguins, a tropic zone with sloths, and all the other usual suspects kids love at the Aquarium.
Stop 17: Stanley Park and The Fish House
After getting some photo-ops in at Prospect point, and learning all about Stanley Park it may be time for something to eat. The Fish House serves brunch until 3pm and on the menu is a Banana Chocolate Chip French Toast that I can bet kids will enjoy.
Stop 19: False Creek Ferries
Your trolley tickets come with FREE tickets on the False Creek Ferries which you can either catch to Vanier park or Granville Island.
Stop 20/21: Space Center and Maritime Museum
Open on family day are the HR MacMillan Space center and the Maritime Museum that are both classic educational activities and fun for the family.
Stop 22: Granville Island
Granville Island is filled with kid friendly activities all year long, and keeps adults just as happy with all the specialty foods and views. A nice Hop-off option to grab a hot chocolate or to stop for a bite in the market.
Stop 27: Dr.Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden
The garden is set-up and ready to go for Chinese New Years, it’s a great opportunity to really immerse your kids in another culture especially if you won’t get the chance to participate in any other activities for this holiday. National Geographic has named it the world’s top city garden, so parent’s will enjoy this peaceful oasis in the heart of downtown.
Stop 28: The Old Spaghetti Factory
The restaurant is another year round family friendly stop located in the heart of Gastown. Every single entree item comes with the legendary garlic bread, soup or salad, ice cream, and coffee/tea. The restaurant has a fun atmosphere and is very affordable.
Stop 30: The Lookout Tower
Only a short walk away from Waterfront, Vancouver’s vantage point has just launched it’s Junior Pilot Program that teaches kids about navigation and Vancouver from a birds-eye perspective.
Each ticket comes with coupons to many of the attractions, and discounts at concessions or gift shops so make sure you flip through your coupon book.
The Trolley has a Family Package for 2 Adults and 2 Kids which you can purchase on our website, from a ticket agent in yellow or your driver. It’s a great way to learn about the city from our knowledgeable and fun drivers. Even if you’ve grown up here, you’ll be amazed at all the things you didn’t know. Plus, you won’t need to worry about parking!
*Please check websites for prices and hours of each attraction or ask our drivers. Tickets for all attractions can also be purchased from our staff.
By: Alina Anghel