Kitsilano with Kids

April 26, 2011

I am in Kitsilano temporarily with my 3 and a half year old and 7 month old. I’ve started to find my feet and wanted to share some tips.

Phoenix Gymnastics. A fantastic programme with young, energetic teachers who obviously like kids and gymnastics. My 3 year old is in their Tiny Tumbler class and loves it. Well run, no wasted time. Keeps the kids moving and interested.

– Mini Gym. The community centers have Mini Gyms a few mornings a week. It’s a big open gymnasium with stuff set up for the kids. C’s favourite is the bouncy castle. She also likes the tumbling mats (in particular the “hot tub” at Kits Community Center). There are also rings to swing from at the Kits Community Center. Kits CC has their mini gym Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10:30 to 12 and Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30. Granville Island’s Community Center (False Creek Community Center) runs their mini gym Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings from 10:30 – 12. The cost is about 2.50$ per child (my 7 month old is free).

Les Petits Amis. We signed up our 3 year old for French classes. She gets French at home but this way she gets it from someone other than me and can play in French with friends. She loves it. We’re doing it at the Kits Community Center. My little one’s favourite part of class might be saying the name of her teacher, Nadia Lafortune. She adores her teacher and the class. I just wish it was longer than 2 hours!

– Kits Beach. We are living in Kits so we spend a lot of time at Kits Beach. The playground is fantastic and both my kids love playing on the beach. They also really like the sandbox. It’s filled with beautiful white sand. Really lovely to touch. The city just rebuild the playground and the equipment is great and the spongy floor even better! Great for really little ones right up to bigger kids.

– Delamont Park. There’s a nice little park at the corner of Arbutus and probably about 7th or 8th. Not far from Broadway. It’s got great equipment.

We’ve also been to Michael’s to buy craft supplies (exotic experience coming from Japan) and have been encouraged to head to Indigo Books on Broadway as they have a huge toy section as well as books. Good to have some outings for rainy days.