Apple Barn farm trip in Abbotsford

Location: 333 Gladwin Rd Abbotsford, BC V2T 5Y1

September is here, the summer is gone. If you need an idea for this long weekend. you can check out Taves Family Farms. It was another first time experience today, going to Abbotsford and visiting the farm. We arrived there at 10 am, they opened at 9 as of today, but it was pretty quiet, not a lot of visitors in just yet, which was nice. They offer a lot of fun experiences if you’re into farm and countryside and if you have children. We went for apple picking and like a lot of farms these days, we discovered a lot of other things you can do once you’re there. Everything is customized for children. Everything.

We started with the petting farm and moved our way to the u-pick apple orchards area. At first we decided not to take a wheelbarrow, but once we transferred the kids into one, they were delighted and nothing else mattered. They just looooved the ride. They also offer a tractor ride/ hay ride if you and your family prefer that. We skipped the tractor this time. The wheelbarrow was way more fun.

My daughter enjoyed the farm, the country open space, the apple picking. My son as well, he loves animals.

There are two playgrounds for children, one free, and one with a fee. We only checked out the free one at the end, our kids were pretty tired and there was no time left. How much can a 2.5 yrs and 1 yr old last, right?

Check their hours of operation, they will be open 7 days a week for the next 2 months, and there is soooo much to do. Just to name a few: corn quest maze, jumping pillow and pumpkin pillow, petting barn and bunny town, pedal cars, tractor trail, slides and zipline, playground and farmville, hayride, of course depending on your kids age.

For sure we will go back again, the season has just started.

Here are some pictures and the link to the farm.

See you next time!

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Astrid enjoying the tractor

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ready for the ride

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Look mommy, I am picking an apple! 😀

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Peekaboo!

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Astrid not so convinced she likes the tractor haha

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what happens every time you try to get everyone in a picture

Tobogganing at Mt Seymour

Activity: Tobogganing

Location: 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1L3

Parking: available, special lot assigned

Cost: children 3 years and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. One free child per adult. Inflatables or custom-made sliding devices are not permitted.

Per person $15

Sliding mat $10

Snow and sun equals lots of fun. This year we decided to try some tobogganing at Mt Seymour. It was an unexpected decision on a Saturday morning in March, but it was a great one. Lots of sun, great road conditions and awesome sliding areas, all ready for us. We got there around 10:30 and to our surprise, it wasn’t very crowded, just a few other cars in the parking lot. This time of year, you are supposed to have winter tires, so make sure you have that all set- the road were clear this time, hardly any snow left on the way, but lots of snow on the slopes.

We didn’t go prepared, I have to admit, no gear, no sled, no winter equipment, our kids have their winter gear at hand, but my was hidden somewhere in the house, so I picked whatever I had available that would fit the occasion. Fortunately, the sun made all the difference and it was pretty warm outside.

Because we didn’t have any sled with us, we had to buy a sliding mat, the green one you see in the picture; I have to say it is not the best option, especially for an adult and a toddler but it did the job and we enjoyed 45 min of sliding as much as we good.

There are multiple sliding slopes, with a great view. Mount Seymour’s Toboggan Park is perfect for kids of all ages, but if you have a toddler then this is the place to go. You can also do tubing, but there is a height restriction so you would need to check that before going. Astrid wouldn’t fit this year, maybe next year.

My daughter didn’t see a lot of snow until now and I discovered she didn’t really enjoy walking in the snow, it might have been a bit difficult too, lots of layers can make it hard to walk, so I had to carry her pretty much everywhere. And yes, we went down and then up, with her in my arms. Good workout!

She loved it and I am sure she will enjoy it next time we go, probably we’ll purchase a real sled that will make this experience even more exciting and include Jamie as well. This time he enjoyed the sun from the baby carrier.

More on the program, check here for their website.

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Before the action

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Incredible scenery

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Our challenge for the day

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And after, a bit tired

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Breathtaking view

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Matching tuques

Mundy Park Family Day Fun

Location: 641 Hillcrest St, Coquitlam, BC V3J 6N9

Parking available: yes

This amazing huge green space park aka forest is a great place to relax, walk, run, jog, take your toddler to explore, take your baby for a stroll, you name it. It’s nature pure and simple. It’s been 2 years since we’ve lived in the neighbourhood and the park is great in terms of leisure time. Except for the bear season, you can always mark Mundy park on your to-go list. There are a lot of things to do, depending on the season.

This year for Family Day we met Coquitlam’s Park Spark team at Mundy Park for free family fun. And it was fun, for a toddler almost 2 it was great.  Some of the activities included information about pollinators and why we should care about them; a public planting of flower containers along the tot lot walkway; and invasive species recognition​ self-guided nature walks with reference sheets. There will be sidewalk chalk and balls to play with at the tot lot. Enjoy popcorn and hot chocolate at the Park Spark tent. More about it, check here.

This entrance has a generous playground, not too new, but plenty of choices. And lots of sun and fun. It was rather cold that day if I remember well. There’s a lot to say about Mundy Park, so this is to be continued!

Washroom available as well.

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Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Program: Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Location: Stanley Park, Vancouver

Cost: for the train please click here, to view the displays at the Train Plaza by donation ($5.00 suggested)

When: November 30, 2017 to Saturday, January 6, 2018; closed on Monday, December 25 for Christmas.

Parking available: yes

Stanley Park is one of the greatest attractions in Vancouver and during the winter season it becomes even more appealing due to the Christmas decorations they put up. During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights. That is a lot of lights I should say and they are all there until January 6th if you want to go and see them.

Despite the rain and snow we had today, we left Coquitlam and Tricities behind and we on the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park with some friends and we liked it very much. My daughter enjoyed it a lot, she was absorbed by all the lights, and for some reason she kept looking only on the left side. Maybe next year she will check the ones on the right as well.

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We got there pretty early, and took the 10:30-11:00 am ride, and luckily all lights were lit and we were able to enjoy them as it was a bit cloudy outside. I assume they are lit all day long, but when it’s sunny, they’re not very bright. The ride was about 10-15 min, long enough when it’s cold and slow enough to take decent pictures. We were accompanied by Christmas music all through the ride.

It was pretty quiet up to a point when parents with small children started coming. Even after that it wasn;t very crowded. This time slot works well when you have an early bedtime I guess. It is fun to see the lights at night, but we put the kids to bed early so it becomes a bit challenging to get there late afternoon or evening.

If you choose not to get on the train, you can view the displays only. More available before Christmas I assume, the lights were lit but for example Santa workshop was closed for obvious reasons. Getting ready for next year, right?

There are also food trucks, not all of them were open, but if wanted to grab a coffee, you could do that. So bottom line, a good experience, my daughter was excited, my son took a  nap, maybe next year.

That is all for now.

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Lost and found section 😀

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Crestwood Park in Coquitlam

Location: 907 Crestwood Dr, Coquitlam, BC V3J 5S5

 

Parking available: on the street

The beautiful summer days are gone! And there are not coming back soon, but nonetheless, this is a quick glimpse into another cute park we ran into close to home.

Crestwood park is an attractive green space with a playground, half basketball court, pathway through the park and spacious grass area for relaxing or casual play, as would the City describe it.

It has a newly renovated play area, again same theme as in other parks in Coquitlam, extremely attractive and ready for toddlers of certain ages. We spent an afternoon climbing, having a picnic, staring around, playing with the wood chips an of course trying out the amusements.

Here are some pictures. The small park is a nice place to spend your afternoon, in a quiet neighbourhood, with lots of trees and green space.

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Laity pumpkin patch Maple Ridge

Location:

North- 21145 128th Avenue Maple Ridge, BC V4R 2R9

South- 12725 Laity Street Maple Ridge, BC V4R 2P2

Cost: $5

 

I know we are a bit late with this one, but we still need to add to the list so here it is. This year  we had a lot of ‘firsts’ and the pumpkin farm was no exception. We decided to check Laity pumpkin patch in Maple Ridge (which of course it is closed for the season). It is the biggest in Tricities and beyond, at least as far as we know.

We went there on a Saturday morning, thinking it might not be too crowded, but I think that is what every family with small children thought and so it wasn’t packed but it was quite the crowd.

They have too location, south and north, depending on your child’s age. Each location has different entertainment option so you choose which one fits you and your child of course. We went to check the one for children under 5. They had an animal farm, lots of wooden amusements and cars outside that the kids could ride, tractor ride and of course looots of pumpkins. The patch looked awesome, if you could only get into one area that wasn’t too populated, you could have taken very nice pictures.

But you know what it is like to go out with two small children, at some point diapers need to be changed, naps to be taken and soon we left, eager to see what the remaining of the day had in stock for us.

And one more thing, bring an extra set of cloths, the pumpkins are wet in the morning.

Here are some pictures and the link to the farm.

See you next time!

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Town Centre Park and Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam

Location: 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC

Parking available: yes

Probably one of the biggest parks in Tricities, Town Centre Park and Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam together are definitely a good option to spend time outdoor with the family.

There is a generous playground, with sand pits, water/ spray park for the summer, the playground offers a large variety of play stations for different age groups. My daughter is now 20 months, and every time we go there she wants to climb up to the big kids slide, but none of the options given is something she can use, as she still too young to climb something other than stairs; so you get to the point that they were designed a certain way, so that kids of certain age to not access them.

The challenging part is that sometimes it can get pretty busy, popular place so expect it to be full from time to time. Especially during summer, when the water park is open, it really feels busy, crowded, everyone trying to find a spot in the shade.

My daughter started walking only in August, close to the end of the season so we didn’t spend too much time at the water parks, but we tried it a few times and it is quite fun for kids and adults as well. Who wouldn’t want to cool off a bit when the temperature reaches 30 degrees!!! We ended up leaving the place soaking wet, and learned our lesson for the next time and mommy made sure we had the right equipment with us.

Apart from that, we enjoy nice long walks in the park, watching the ducks, avoiding feeding them; what is odd about it is that there is a big sign saying not to feed them, and yet a lot of the passers-by feed them.

You can jog, run, enjoy a picnic, good weather and a mountains or urban scenery!

Plenty of parking and washroom available, so go check it out and I will see you around!

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Salmon come home in Coquitlam

Location: Hoy Creek Hatchery – located on Hoy Creek Trail Linear Park, west of the City Centre Aquatic Complex at the corner of Pinetree and Guildford Way

Program cost: free

This rain or shine event took place on October 22nd in Coquitlam, more precisely in Hoy Creek.  Usually it is on the 3rd Sunday in October. The annual Salmon Come Home event co-hosted with the City of Coquitlam Municipality celebrates the return of the salmon to Hoy Creek. The free family event run from 11 a.m. through to 3 p.m. at the Hoy Creek Hatchery.

You can watch spawning chum salmon in stream (see pictures below), learn about the Hoy Creek Hatchery, view live salmon demonstrations, and enjoy musical entertainment, interactive children’s activities, food, and educational exhibits. It’s true we arrived closer to 3 p.m., but we got to see pretty much everything. It was our first year and we enjoyed it a lot. Next year we will go earlier for sure.

It rained a bit, but we wouldn’t let rain ruin our mood, after all, we need to embrace it right?

We parked at Douglas College. The trail has several entrances, and of course it is one place you can visit any time of the year, not just now. Click here for more information.

Surrounded by condos and shopping malls, the coho population is returning year after year to this forested stream, in the middle of an urban area. We learned that a lot of work is being done to maintain this unusual habitat from being contaminated, the traffic around the area means there is garbage left behind, invasive plants are a constant battle and even garden waste being dumped. A lot of volunteers help make that happen.

We learned about the salmon life cycle and lots of interesting information. For example, there are 5000 to 10000 salmon in this rearing pond only. There is also a Leave Home Festival, that happens in May, when fish are released.

Also, the salmon (Coho) swim out to the ocean and return to this creek to spawn in 18 months.

Walking on the trail we could actually see the salmon spawn, they rub their tail on the rocks in the water, which is of course very interesting to see. All in all, a pleasant family event,  a nice location and very very informative!

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