With Spring Break almost here, the panic is beginning to set in for many parents.
“What should I do with my kids?” is a question many frantic Valley parents are asking me lately at the playground, at work and on social media. Yes, two weeks of no school is a long time — I figured it was high-time I whipped up my annual Spring Break in the Fraser Valley roundup of things to do that will keep the youngsters from crying “I’m so bored!”
Or from you losing your mind…
After a little digging, I discovered that there’s so much bloomin’ fun happening here in the Fraser Valley for all ages. You’ll find it all and more in our Ultimate Guide to Spring Break in the Fraser Valley for 2018.
Here are just 12 things to see and do.
What To Do for Two Weeks of Spring Break?
1-Bring the Kids Back in Time
Show the kids how people lived in Surrey in the year 1900 by taking them to the Historic Stewart Farm at 13723 Crescent Road. This historic hot spot is offering FREE Spring Break Drop-ins March 27-29 from noon to 3pm. Themes include spring cleaning, cooking in the kitchen and old school fun. Pack snacks and boots and remember to charge up your phone to take lots of pictures!
2. Go Fish at the Fort
Did you know that farming and fishing were the main sources of staple foods at the Fort Langley National Historic Site? It’s true – here’s your chance to go back in time and learn more about the First Nation’s connection to the river and hear stories of the salmon and sturgeon. With blacksmithing and coopering demonstrations, bannock making, cow milking, rope making and more, your entire clan will have a blast rediscovering what life must have been like in the 1850’s here on the Pacific Coast from March 17 to April 2.
3. Surrey’s Sweet Spot
The famous Honey Bee Centre in Surrey may just be the sweetest spot in ‘the Valley.’ The primary goal at Honeybee Centre is to bring the amazing world of the honeybee to the general public. This includes interactive displays, tours of the facility. There’s also honey tasting over at the Country Store – a great place to get candles, health products made from natural bee products and of course – honey.
4. Royal Good Time
From indoor and outdoor mini golf to stepping up to bat in the batting cages or playing one of their many arcade games, there’s plenty to do at Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford. Take the Trans-Canada Hwy. 1 and exit #95 at Whatcom Road.
5. Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
Is your child curious about animals and the environment? Do they dream of one day working with lions, tigers and bears? If so, The Greater Vancouver Zoo has the spring break camp for them! The zoo is holding their Jr. Zoologist Spring Break Camps from March 24-28 for children seven years and up. These one-of-a-kind camps provide an opportunity for children who are passionate about animals to learn what zoo life is like. They’ll learn fun facts about many of the animals, including animals at risk like the Western Painted Turtles and Oregon Spotted Frogs. For more information, visit the zoo’s website.
6. Let’s all go to the drive-in – Open Weekends
The kiddies won’t have to get up early for school for two whole weeks, so why not head on over to the Twilight Drive-In? Your whole family will love eating popcorn in their pajamas while watching ‘stars’ under the stars. The drive-in is located at 260 Street and Fraser Highway. For movie listings and times, click here.
7. Discover Nature in the City
Celebrate the start of Spring by heading to the Surrey Nature Centre at 14225 Green Timbers Way on March 21 from 10 am to 2 pm. for their FREE drop-in Spring Fling event. There will be a variety of fun family activities on site for all ages. View details. Nestled beside Green Timbers Urban Forest, the Surrey Nature Centre is a place for kids and adults to explore nature right here in Surrey.
8. Family Sunday Fun-Day
Create art with paint, pastels, clay, and chalk inspired by the vibrant paintings in the exhibit Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India at the Surrey Art Gallery on March 18 rom 11 auto 3pm. Interactive musical performances await you at 1pm or 2:30pm. Everyone is welcome at this free event—children must be with an adult. View details.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Remember the Newton Wave Pool?
I have so many great memories of visits to the Newton Wave Pool as a wee Valley gal. The facility recently reopened as the Newton Recreation Centre, but still has all the fun indoor slides and waves.
12. Back to the Beach
With the mercury starting to rise, and t-shirt weather on the very near horizon, head to White Rock beach for a brisk stroll along the promenade.
And there you have it Valleyites — 12 fun-tastic ways to spend Spring Break here in the Fraser Valley for 2018. Is there an event or activity that we’ve missed? If so, let us know below! We’d also love to hear which of these events/activities you plan to participate in. Psst.. hopefully you won’t need to, but just in case, be sure to check out our roundup of rainy day activities.
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