The Ultimate Fraser Valley Spring Break Bucket List
Spring Break is quickly approaching, leaving many Fraser Valley parents scrambling to make plans.
Rather than spend hours on Google or interrogating fellow mom’s at the playground, this handy little post should keep boredom at bay for everyone in your clan.
I’ve done a little digging of my own and have discovered that there’s so much bloomin’ fun happening here in the Fraser Valley for all ages.
From watching movies under the stars in Aldergrove to tip-toeing through the Tulips in Abbotsford, you’ll find it all and more in The Ultimate Fraser Valley Spring Break Bucket List.
1. All aboard! Take the kiddies for a miniature train ride at Bear Creek Park. Afterwards, try your hand at a round of mini golf and check out the gorgeous spring flowers and foliage on the trail.
2. Girls Fly Too. On March 12-13, The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! returns to the Abbotsford International Airport, offering all females, from infants to grandmothers, the opportunity to find out what’s behind the fence, up high in the sky and under the hood at the airport.In addition to hands-on activities for the whole family, free flights in a small aircraft are being offered for all female first-time fliers of any age. Note: previous airline experience is OK. Advanced registration is required for flights. Click HERE for more info.
3. See the stars. Put your jam jams on and enjoy family movie night under the stars at the Twilight Drive-in Theatre in Aldergrove.
4. Fun on the farm. Teach the kiddies about sustainable dairy farm practices with a visit to The Bakerview EcoDairy farm.
5. Blast to the past. Go back in time (about 100 years) with a trip to the Historic Stewart Farm. Learn how our ancestors once lived and try some made-from scratch butter on site.
6. Walk on the wild side. Check out the lions, tigers and bears, oh my at the Greater Vancouver Zoo.
7. Family face off. Challenge your clan to a game of outdoor miniature golf at Castle Fun Park.Afterwards, don’t forget to ride the go-carts!
8. Old school movie marathon. Chances are there’s going to be a rainy day or 50 this summer. When the drops come down, head on over to Willow Video (yes, there are still actually video stores around) and rent a bunch of 80’s family classics like Adventures in Babysitting or Flight of the Navigator. And speaking of rainy days, you’re bound to find something to do on this list HERE.
9. Find a sweet spot. Keep your wee ones as busy as bees with a trip to Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery in Aldergrove and the Honeybee Centre in Surrey.
10. Don’t be late for these very important dates – the Historic Stewart Farm’s Spring Break Camps.Kids explore beloved vintage children’s tales as they go down the rabbit hole and take tea like Alice in Wonderland; join Ratty and Toad for Wind in the Willows; look for the bare necessities like Mowgli and Baloo in Jungle Book; and solve an elemental Victorian mystery like Sherlock Holmes. Must pre-register at 604-592-6956, or visit the Stewart Farm’s Winter Program page.
11. Be a Hero at the Surrey Museum.Drop everything to celebrate the firefighters, police and paramedics who come to our rescue. Make your own ambulance or police cruiser and flex your firefighter muscles as you put out a mock fire. Tuesday, March 15 to Friday, March 18 Tuesday, March 22 to Thursday, March 24 10:00am to 1:00pm Drop in All ages, by donation.
12. Tip-toe through the tulips. The Abbotsford Tulip Festival welcomes everyone to join in the celebration of spring! Pack a picnic or visit one of the food trucks and enjoy a fun-filled day with family and friends. With photo cutout boards, a covered picnic area and a children’s play area, there is something for everyone! For those looking to bring some of the beauty home, bouquets of fresh-cut tulips will be available at the on-site flower market.
13. Search for Sasquatch. Nestled against Southwestern British Columbia’s magnificent mountains and the sandy beaches of Harrison Lake, Harrison Village is your local vacation destination filled with a rich history and natural wonders including the world-famous BC hot springs. Whether you seek an adventure with the kids, a romantic getaway or a fun-filled trip with friends, Harrison Hot Springs has what you are after this Spring Break. Check out our travel reviews of three amazing accommodation options in and around Harrison Hot Springs: RV Springs Resort, Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Rowena’s.
14. It’s Getting Hot Out Here. The 2nd Annual Barn Burner BBQ Competition, presented by Johnston’s Pork & Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry comes to Chilliwack, 4540 Simmons Road, March 20. Partake in the fun and tasty BBQ samples.
15. The great outdoors. The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack is set to host their Family Nature Festival March 10-19. Drop by the Heron Reserve On Friday or Saturday and check the nature activities, exploratory walks, touch table, observation station, info booths and crafts for families and kids of all ages. (free) Check the website for a complete daily schedule will be published in March. A free community event.
16. Fun at the Fort. The Fort Langley National Historic Site is once again offering a selection of themed day camps for wee Adventurers at Vancouver’s only real fort. Get hands on with history and discover what life was like during 19th century fur-trade. Each day is a new adventure of imagination, games and play. Ages 6-12:
March 14 – 18, 2016
You’ve played the video game, now learn the skills needed to build your own fur trade “Fort”! Pan for gold and fashion tools from stone like First Nations did in earlier times. Try your hand at blacksmithing, learn carpentry techniques and strike flint and steel together to make fire.
Gold Rush Day Camp
March 21 – 25, 2016
Imagine you are a prospector and pan for gold in the waters of Fort Langley. Learn about the 1858 gold rush that helped create British Columbia. Dress up as a prospector, sign a gold license, and see if you can strike it rich in 2016.
17. In Our Hood. Check out the brand new state-of-the art Timms Community Centre in Langley City.
18. Rainy day blues be gone. Okay, chance are there will be a rainy day or two during Spring Break, but we won’t let that stop us from having fun… right? Here’s a roundup of local places to go and things to do when you don’t want to get drenched.
19. Easter Fun. Check out our egg-cellent list of local Easter activities, which includes petting zoos, real bunnies, wine sampling and egg hunts HERE.
And there you have it, 19 activities, hot spots and events happening close to home for when the kiddies are out of school. Keep in mind, there’s no way we’ll be doing everything off The Ultimate Fraser Valley Bucket List. That would be way too tiring, even if Tim Hortons hooked an IV of caffeine to my vein. We’ll probably aim for handful of outings, but also enjoy laying low, in our PJ’s, watching Fuller House.
What’s on your Spring Break Bucket List?