It’s summer time! The kids are off from school. They’re home all day long and they have nothing to do! The kids are fighting with each other and just getting on each other’s nerves or they are sitting on the couch watching whatever they can find on Netflix. If it’s not Netflix, they’re on their iPads watching endless videos about someone teaching them how to play with a new toy. What’s the solution? Get outside! This will keep them thoroughly entertained and keep them active and healthy.
Remember when we were little kids? We didn’t have the tech that our kids have nowadays. Now they have smart phones, iPads, smart watches, Youtube, Netflix, etc etc…What did we have growing up? Fred Penner, Mr. Dress Up, and Sesame Street or we played outside! That was our entertainment! There’s nothing like, getting outside, getting some vitamin D and making some new friends at a playground.
Here are the top 6 places I take my kids to to play outside in Richmond, BC! We are so lucky we live in a beautiful city surrounded by nature and water. We can take it for granted sometimes, but we truly are so fortunate.
1. Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment
This is one of my favourite playgrounds. The city invested a million dollars to build this amazing play environment. It was designed to mimic nature as the structures are made using British Columbia sourced Yellow Cedar, rather than the usual metal and plastic products contemporary playgrounds are made of. The area is surrounded by former farm fields, near wildlife and located write beside the Fraser River to help people feel connected to nature. What I love about this play environment is the 10 meter tall treehouse, the tandem biplane and the super long slide. If you are in Richmond with your kids, this is a must see.
2. South Arm Outdoor Pool
I love going to this outdoor pool! It makes me feel like I’m at a resort somewhere, even though it’s not that fancy. All you need to bring is your own lawn chair and some snacks and your kids can have a great time enjoying the hot summer weather. This pool is surrounded by trees and grassy picnic areas so you’re family can enjoy a meal pool side. They also have two waterslides here! My daughter had her birthday here and we all had a blast!
3. Steveston Community Park
This park is located in the heart of the Steveston Village. It’s a pretty big park and there’s play structures suitable for kids of all ages. They have a play area for toddlers and if that’s too boring for the big kids, they’ve got monkey bars, rings, swings and more. I really love the water park here! It’s a perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day. There’s a grocery store just across the street if you need snacks or drinks. If you are not familiar with the Steveston Village it is a tourist hot spot. There’s no shortage of good places to eat here.
4. Gary Point Park
There’s no actual playground here, but you can say that nature is your playground. You can soak up the sun as you lounge on the beach area. If that’s not your thing that you can go for a walk or a bike ride. You can watch the boats go by. If you’re not into any of those things, you can enjoy the famous Pajo’s fish and chips and have delicious ice cream for dessert. Many people also like to fly kites here on a windy day. There’s just so much you can do in a beautiful park like this one.
5. Iona Beach
To tell you the truth, I just recently discovered this one, even though I’ve lived in this area all my life. I was trying to get the girls to settle and have a nap one day. I usually take them out in the van and just drive around for a long time. One day, we ended up at Iona beach. It’s a beautiful beach. There’s a long stretch of beach with fine sand. The beach is littered with large logs. Your kids can play with twigs and play in the sand and search for shells as you enjoy the warmth of the sun. It’s a beautiful place that’s relaxing and fun for the kids. It’s also not that busy here at all, from my experience.
6. Flight Path Park
A cousin asked to meet up here for a playdate and ever since then, I’ve loved coming here. There’s no actual playground here either but there’s tons of green space, fake airplane runways and a giant half globe that kids can climb and explore. It’s a park located right beside the Vancouver Airport and you can grab a seat on a bench and watch the planes land and take off. You can picnic here, run around or throw a ball around.
My girls had a blast park hopping with me and I had fun taking pics of them! If your kids are sick of being home and you don’t know what else to do with your kids this summer, try out these fun parks! I’m sure they’ll love it. Grab some food for a picnic, slap on a hat and some sunscreen and get outside!
Have fun! Hope you’re all having a great summer so far!