Category Archives: THINGS TO DO

FALL – REGISTER NOW FOR

Registrations ongoing for:

3D Basketball: Clinics & Winter Camps

Delbrook-Steve Nash: CLOSED

Fall Program WVBC : Basketball with Coach Greg Meldrum

NORWESTERS Track and Field Club: Fall Fees in effect

WEST VANCOUVER Track & Field Club Fall Fees in effect

Capilano RUGBY Football Club 2013-2014 Season

One Dance Creative Art Center Fall Registration in effect

Vanleena Registration for the 2013-2014 season

Seymour Dance

Perform Art Studios

RNB Dance

Easy Dancing BC School Age & Adults

Shift Dance Academy: Still Open

 

Coming Up…

North Shore Stars Volleyball Club:  Tryouts will start on December 2013

 

REGISTER NOW FOR…

Here is a list of Registration Openings and Deadlines for different activities or camps. We’ll try to keep this list as updated as possible ;)

Registration for the following Camps & Activities is already happening:

Registration Opens March 1st:

 

Registration Returning Players Opens May 1st , New Players June 1st.

North Vancouver Minor Hockey Association

Registration Opens April 1st:

West Vancouver Minor Hockey Association

Christmas Camps and Activities in Vancouver – Part 1 – In the Ski Mountains

Christmas Camps and Activities in Vancouver

A window into WinterNovember 15… It seems early (for me) to be thinking about Christmas Camps and Activities but with mom, sis, brother in law and niece & nephew coming for Christmas this year, I have decided to start looking into activities & camps for the kids and the whole family for the Christmas holidays. Here is a summary of the camps offered by our three ski mountains on the North Shore.

Ski or Snowboard Camps

We are soooo lucky to have 3 mountains to choose from when thinking about Ski or Snowboard Camps for our kids! It boils down to personal taste and probably accessibility.

Mount Seymor Ski and Snowboard Camps:

Awarded 3rd best Terrain Park in the West by the SBC Resort Guide Editor’s Choice Awards and voted the top snowshoe friendly ski resort in North America,  this is really a NO brainer.

Choose from 2 or 3 day camps for Bear Cubs Beginners,  Bear Cubs Adventurers  plus take advantage and get your own lesson with the  Momma and Papa Bears ski camp while the kids have their lesson.

As well you can buy a snowshoe pass for $9.00 (or $27.00 with rentals) for the whole day and enjoy this fast growing sport. How awesome is that?

Mount Seymour also has an Introduction to Park  lesson for kids 9 years and older. It is “offered weekends and holidays at 3:00pm. These two-hour sessions are designed to introduce skiers and riders to the terrain park in a safe, positive and encouraging environment.”

Prices: $125 to $200 plus Rentals for 1:30-2:00 hours, 2 – 3 days. *20% discount given to Season Pass Holders.
Introduction Park: $55.00 to 105.00 for two hours.

Cypress Mountain Ski and Snowboard Camps:

With the largest vertical rise on the North Shore,  53 downhill winter skiing and riding runs accessed by 6 chairlifts and 2 surface lifts Cypress is a BIG Kid’s Park.

Cypress offers 3 or 4 day camps for kids 6 to 12 years old: Raven Riders and Ski Riders and a Learn to Ski or Ride Flex Camp for kids 13th and older. The later one is 3 days of full day lessons with a unique teaching system. They guarantee that you’ll be turning by the end of your camp or they’ll keep teaching you! … Sounds like good value to me!

Finally, their Ski Rider Christmas Camp will teach you how to ride steeps, trees, bumps or how to stomp your airs in the park. This is a 4 day camp for kids 6 to 16

Prices: Starting at $349.00  for a Full Day 3 day Camp to $ 479.00 plus rentals. *Discounts given to Season Pass Holders
Terrain Park: $379.00 to $529.00 for a 4 day Camp.

Grouse Mountain Ski or Snowboard Christmas Camps:

Hard to beat the majestic view of Vancouver from Grouse Mountain on a clear winter’s day. With their Y2K pass offer, Grouse Mountain really becomes great value for the money. New this year is the addition of the  Zone Club,  a Junior and Youth Camp Program.

For kids 5 to 6 years old there is the Junior Zone Camp  and for kids 5-12 years old there is the Zone Camp.  They both offer Four or Five full or half days with a lunch option for the full days. Youth Zone Camps for teens 13-17 offers Four or Five Half Days.(Half Day is 3.5 hours with at least 2 hours in the snow)

Parents of Junior Zone Campers may request a complimentary Escort Ticket  and you can purchase a special lift ticket for $40.00 if you would like to ski or snowboard while your child takes lessons.

Prices: From $179.00 to $379.00 for a Four or Five Days Half or Full Days + Lift and Rentals. Add Lunch for Full Day Camps for $40.00 or $50.00

While you are up in Grouse Mountain, there are countless activities to enjoy during the Christmas Season.  The Peak of Christmas includes having breakfast with Santa (or lunch) meeting the reindeer, going for a sleigh ride and more. It really doesn’t get any more magical than that! Well, perhaps if you include an afternoon skate at their outdoor skate rink right by Santa’s workshop (complimentary with your admission or lift ticket).

The Colors of Fall – Seattle with kids – Part 1

Spending the weekend in Seattle doesn’t have to be a costly affair. Vancouverites usually head down to go shopping but Seattle has so much more to offer besides shopping. The culture, parks, restaurants and kids attractions make it for a great weekend trip. The border wait, if you time it properly, is no more that 30-45 minutes. A stop at  Lake Padden breaks the trip quite nicely. The entrances on the north provide convenient drive-up access for horse trailers, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, swimming & fishing beaches, grassy lawns, boat launching, tennis courts, ball fields, trailheads, golf course, and even a small fishing dock. During the summer time we usually stop for a quick swim and keep on driving. Fall & winter we go for a walk or sometimes a quick bike ride before getting back on the I5 heading for Seattle.

Because we have family there, our outings are more about spending quality time with the little ones and enjoying each others company. Here are some of the attractions we have enjoyed while in Seattle, for little or not extra money:

Madrona Park: Madrona Park and Beach is located on the waterfront on Lake Washington. The park include a wooded hillside that slopes down to a grassy beach and swimming area, where lifeguards are on duty in the summer. It also features a jogging path along Lake Washington and picnic areas. Address: 853 Lake Washington Blvd, 98144  “Countless bike races among cousins have taken place here!”

Seattle Art Museum (SAM): In a rainy day, head to the Museum… I know what you are thinking. Not with my kids! Well, YES, with your kids. The museum is designed with little ones in mind, counting with exploratory Family Rooms where the kids can spend hours, and hours, without worrying about knocking master pieces down.

For a lazy morning, before heading back to Vancouver, we suggest going to Cafe Soleil where you can enjoy a very well priced brunch after letting the kids release some steam at the Madrona Playground . A game of basketball, soccer, riding their scooters around or just hanging out on the playground and the kids will be ready to devour Curi’s delicious scrambles, fritatas of French Toasts.

SUMMER IS STILL HERE!!!

We are back at it but summer weather is still here!!! So enjoy the wonderful events that the city offers: This coming Saturday, September 15th, you can go to Caufeild Cove to enjoy “Wander Caulfeild” Day. With it’s beautiful view and tons of activities for kids and grown ups it promises to be a wonderful event. There will be Tours of the historic Cove, Vintage Cars, Games for the little ones, Food, Entertainment by the wonderful KSisters and much more! So come down and get to know this wonderful neighborhood a bit better.

  

And if you still have a bit of energy, head down town to The Vogue Theatre to enjoy a night of Cuban music with one of my favorite groups of the Summer: El Grupo Cubano – Brisas del Palmar. There will be wonderful music, and many great dancers on and off the stage!

So, if you were not sure about what to do while the weather is still nice, there are my couple of suggestions for you to enjoy Vancouver at its max!!!