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Pack the spring break in Vancouver with lots of fun activities


By Renee Tratch
Digital Writer, theweathernetwork.com
@ReneeinTO
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 12:08 PM

You don’t need to travel far to find ways to keep the kids busy and happy on the west coast. And lucky Vancouver families have two weeks to load with activities during Spring Break. Whether you head outdoors or opt for inside, here are some sure-to-please options for every age and interest.

Camp: Let’s see, learn to climb a mountain, practice some yoga or join CSI Vancouver? For many families, programs are the easiest way to fill the days when school is out. The Vancouver Police Museum offers crime-busting courses for youngsters, YogaButtons Studio caters to the young yogis and budding artists, while little climbers can take on an indoor mountain at Edge Climbers. Register soon, spots fill up fast.

Mix it up: We say hit the beach, smell the flowers then explore the universe. Well, not necessarily in one day. 6PackBeach is the west coast’s only indoor beach where kids can dig away and stay dry. In addition to Spring Break camps, the VanDusum Botanical Gardens’s Discovery Gallery and Library in the Visitor Centre are open free of charge. The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre explores how the Earth began in Life: A Cosmic Story now playing at the Planetarium Star Theatre.

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Keep it simple: Maybe you just need to get out of the house for a couple of hours, with kids in tow of course. Have your morning coffee or afternoon pick-me-up at the new Bearfoot Playground. In the mood to add some shopping to your play? Explore the Granville Island Kids Market. A must-try is the new I-floor at the Adventure Zone’s playground, a giant ipad where little ones stomp and jump their way through 20 different games.

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Get out of town: Many families hit the hills (okay, mountains) during the break. When you’re done with slopes, get the kids jumping at Whistler Bounce, an indoor trampoline park. Little farmers can feed the animals and even get their autograph at Maplewood Farm. Book a behind-the-scenes tour. Check their webcam beforehand and see what those animals are up to.

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