The beaver became the official symbol of Canada since March 24, 1975 so it doesn’t get more Canadian than The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill. They’re located at the North End of the No.2 Road Bridge in Richmond. The Flying Beaver lets you sit and watch the arrival and departure of the Harbour Air seaplanes on the Middle Arm of the Fraser River.
Decor is a typical rustic bar with touches of flight or Vancouver related art. There’s a wheelchair pilot suspended in the air that I particularly liked.
I came here for brunch with my husband and daughter. They sat us beside the windows on their enclosed patio near the back of the restaurant. So between the crayons and watching the planes on the water, my daughter was entertained the whole time. Although this restaurant is very kid friendly they also have certain sections to seat adults only.
We shared The Beaver Damn, which is (description from their menu) A big ol’ plate with wings, potato skins with bacon, steak bites, kale & artichoke dip, naan bread and tortilla chips. Wash it down with some beer, or coffee in my case and it was the perfect lazy Sunday.
Kidtropolis is an indoor play city to satisfy children and adults of all ages.
This place is roughly divided into 3 areas. The big area has children sized shops such as a pizzeria, vet clinic, half airplane, police station, school, fire station, post office, gas station, farm house, theatre and a huge jungle gym. You can guarantee there is something for your child will gravitate to. I love the attention to detail that each building provides depending on the theme. For example, inside the post office you can empty the mailbox and out comes letters as well as packages to be delivered. If you look closely, you’ll notice one of the packages is addressed to Sparkle Tooth Fairy.
The second area is sectioned off for birthday parties. These are private rooms to sing Happy Birthday and to have food and cake. Children can access the play areas after or before as long as it’s within that 2 hour booking time. There’s packages and details on their website. Such a great idea!
The third area is the cafe with items such as pizza, chicken strips, fries, wraps, hot dogs, popcorn, muffins and etc. While the prices were quite high, ($9.50 for chicken strips and fries) I understand it’s a business and expected.
I visited Kidtropolis with my daughter, my friend and her 2 year old. We all played so hard and when we went home, we napped just as hard.
Indoor playgrounds are a God send for parents in Vancouver.
It rains a lot here so you can’t always bring your kids outside every weekend. At Circus Play Café, you have a chance to allow your child to have fun at a safe and clean environment. Parents can have their coffee, baked goods and use WIFI to catch up on emails. There’s a ton of seating and a couple of high chairs to feed the kiddies too. The space is a good size for younger children between the ages of 1-3. I think I saw some younger babies as well as older kids as well though. There are play kitchens, slides, puzzles, books and a whole slew of toys to keep kids entertained.
The owners are friendly and although the place was getting packed around 10:30AM, they kept their cool. I saw staff talking to a few parents and tidying up the areas as kids were throwing toys around. I’ve been waiting for an indoor playground to open up in this area and I hope they stick around for a long time.
Kinder Café is located in Port Coquitlam just off of Lougheed Highway in the same plaza as Kin’s Market. This bright little playground have tons of toys and is clean and affordable. There are couches for nursing moms and change tables in the washrooms. They serve snacks and lattes for sleep deprived parents to enjoy while watching their children tire themselves out. It’s a comfortable place to bring your kids rain or shine.
There aren’t too many indoor play areas for kids in the lower mainland and unfortunately, the place is closing down. As we were speaking with the owner, she mentioned that someone else may purchase the Kinder Café name and either keep it open or reopen in another location. I’m hoping they can reopen in Burnaby as it’s closer to home, but I’ll be happy regardless if Kinder Café can just be available while my daughter is growing up. In the meantime, they are having a closing out sale so go check them out if you want to purchase some items for a steal. They’ll be open until Wednesday 3:00PM.
I’ve been eating a lot of pizza in chain restaurants lately. You’d think one would be sick of these mass-produced, tomato sauce covered, cheese pies. Nope, not possible especially if it’s made well. What about the scenery? It gets pretty drab doesn’t it? That’s when I change it up and eat at Coconut Kenny’s. It’s Hawaiian themed, casual and one might call it corny, but I love it.
You basically seat yourself, order at the counter and they’ll bring you your food. Drinks, napkins, utencils and take out boxes are self serve. Everyone and everything including the Island theme music makes for a relaxing atmosphere.
The menu consists of pizza and sandwiches with minimal salads and desserts. Most of the items have a Hawaiian twist to them and overall enjoyable. This isn’t 5 star dining, but your kids and including the big kid in you will enjoy it.