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Vancouver is a great city for families with kids. It has a host of indoor and outdoor parks and recreational areas, which make for ideal summer outings. During winter, parents will be able to take their children to some of the city's great museums and interactive educational exhibitions.
Child-friendly activities in Vancouver
There are many seasonal activities for families to enjoy in Vancouver, such as skating, ice hockey, sledging and skiing. In the warmer months, a popular option is to spend the day at Stanley Park. The water park and a ride on the train are great fun, as are horse-drawn carriage rides.
The Vancouver Aquarium and the Greater Vancouver Zoo are excellent places to see some exotic and unusual animals, while all things outer space can be experienced at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre or Science World.
There’s also great fun to be had at Granville Island's Water Park and Adventure Playground, and at the Richmond go-kart track. In the dreaded cold of winter, there are a few indoor playgrounds to visit too.
Most experienced expats will agree that, when moving abroad, the adjustment for their children is a big concern. Vancouver is a great place for expat families with children because it is one of Canada’s most diverse cities and has loads of fun events to attend. Kids will easily embrace their new home and parents will find that the city is exceedingly family friendly.
►Education and Schools in Vancouver is essential reading for expats moving to Vancouver with children
►For more family outing ideas, read up on what there is to See and Do in Vancouver
"Our daughter is just under two years old, but she has enjoyed life in Canada tremendously. There are many more public playgrounds and parks available in Vancouver and she lives a much more active lifestyle here playing outside every day with other children."
Read more about American expat Cyrus's experiences in Vancouver.
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