Family Day is an annual February holiday in BC, but you don't have to concentrate all your kid-friendly activities into a single long weekend here. Richmond is full of year-round attractions and activities for families.
From historic attractions and a child-sized indoor town to beautiful outdoor parks (including one that’s perfect for airplane fans), it’s easy to schedule multiple family adventures in and around the city. And when it’s time to eat, check out our kid-friendly restaurant recommendations as well. If you’re not a Richmond local, keep in mind that now is not the time to visit, so for now let us inspire you to explore Richmond later.
THE WORLD OF KIDTROPOLIS
#110 - 5940 No. 2 Road
Wildly successful since its 2016 opening, The World of Kidtropolis is a brilliant indoor attraction. This colourful miniature town of scaled-down buildings is centered on a storefront-lined main street, and is suitable for children aged 2 – 10. Kids will love the fully equipped ‘businesses’ here and they can pretend-play inside everything from a fire hall and an animal hospital to a pizza parlour and a police station.
Don't miss: Make sure your kids get behind the wheel of their own Little Tikes pedal car—it's the perfect way to get around this miniature city.
Get around in style at Kidtropolis. | Photo: The World of Kidtropolis
STEVESTON MARITIME MYSTERY
Steveston Maritime Mystery is a clue-solving scavenger hunt where you and your family are tasked with uncovering a series of clues around the streets and pathways of Steveston Village to solve the mystery. To get started, visit the Mystery Towns - Steveston Maritime Mystery webpage to purchase a game pass for $39 plus tax (per team, 1 - 4 family members recommended). The pass does not expire, so if you can’t play now, you can always play later.
WEST COAST MINI PUTT
7391 Elmbridge Way
When you live in a rainforest region, indoor activity options are always required. And what better activity is there than heading to a glow in the dark mini putt golf course. You will be immersed in a kaleidoscope of dazzling “Glow-in-the-Dark” colors and images, guaranteed fun for all ages.
Head to West Coast Mini Putt for some glow in the dark fun. | Photo: West Coast Mini Putt
TERRA NOVA ADVENTURE PLAY ENVIRONMENT
Terra Nova Rural Park, 2631 Westminster Highway
Richmond is also full of great outdoor action for families. And if you’re particularly keen to find an excellent playground, head straight to Terra Nova. This park has enticing flora-lined trails, but it’s also home to what may be the Lower Mainland’s best play area. Give your children plenty of time here and they’ll discover ziplines, pivot swings, a hill slide, and even a large treehouse.
The playground at Terra Nova is the perfect place to unleash some energy. | Photo: Crystal Solberg
BIRDING AND EXPLORING AT RICHMOND'S PARKS
Iona Beach Regional Park, 900 Ferguson Road - Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway
If your children have caught the nature bug, take their wildlife-watching hobby up a notch at this rustic shoreline park, one of the most celebrated birding spots in BC. Iona Beach Regional Park’s easy-access trails offer an amazing diversity of bird watching opportunities and spotters of all ages should look out for eagles, hawks, woodpeckers, red-winged blackbirds, and much more. They might even spot a turtle or two shuffling through the sandy grass. Keep in mind that this is a great chance to teach your kids about observing wildlife with respect. Richmond Nature Park is also another great place to visit, short trails wind through lush bog and forest habitat, and there are busy bird feeder stations where the kids can watch multiple species in action (including hummingbirds). And if they are treasure hunt fans, this is also a great place to introduce your children to the joys of geocaching.
Don’t miss: The Richmond Nature park’s free-entry Nature House is lined with kid-friendly displays and interactive exhibits on regional flora and fauna.
GULF OF GEORGIA CANNERY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
12138 Fourth Avenue
On this self-guided tour of the historic Fraser River cannery, hear fascinating fish tales revealed through photographs, recordings and fun interactive displays. Junior history buffs love this evocative industrial museum—and there’s a net full of kid-friendly features at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site to keep them fully engaged.
Why not plan a full history-themed day out by adding a stop at the nearby Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. Its preserved sheds and living quarters that demonstrate living conditions from 1910 – 1930 are the perfect way to time travel to the past.
Don’t miss: The Cannery’s excellent gift shop is well stocked with marine-themed picture books for children.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery has some great kids activity stations. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
GO CLIMBING At The Richmond Olympic Oval or Clip 'N Climb
Richmond Oval, 6111 River Road - Clip 'N Climb 1751 Savage Road
At The Richmond Oval you can experience Metro Vancouver's tallest climbing wall. Designed for novice to elite climbers. The Oval offers a variety of climbing programs lead by skilled climbing coaches. These programs are for anyone ages 5 and up. Subjects vary based on courses and go from the basics to developing climbing techniques. Or why not head to Clip ‘n Climb, which they say is “climbing reinvented.” Where climbing wall meets theme-park. With 25 unique climbing walls and super challenges, designed to engage climbers despite age or experience.
BIG RED SCAVENGER HUNT
Download this free, family-friendly Big Red Scavenger Hunt to start exploring Steveston! Join Big Red the Irish Setter on a scavenger hunt around Steveston, visit heritage sites to find the answers to the clues left by the Cannery Cat. This scavenger hunt takes 1.5 - 2 hours to complete and is entirely outdoors. If you complete the entire challenge, you will receive a Pacific. Authentic. Richmond BC sticker and postcard.
Bonus: You've probably worked up an appetite exploring Steveston so why not drop by Pajo's World Famous Fish and Chips.
Father and daughter taking part in the Big Red Scavenger Hunt. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
GO KARTING IN RICHMOND
TBC, 2100 Viceroy Place - Speeders, 13471 Crestwood Place
Keen to explore your dreams of Formula One glory? This may be as close as you or the kids will ever get, but it’s arguably much more fun. Channel your inner race car driver on the thrill-a-minute indoor kart track at Richmond’s TBC Indoor Racing or head to Speeders to try and beat those leaderboards.
LARRY BERG FLIGHT PATH PARK
Russ Baker Way
One of the Lower Mainland’s most unusual parks is perfect for kids with a penchant for airplanes and aviation. Located just beyond the end of Vancouver International Airport’s south runway, Larry Berg Flight Path Park features seats shaped like paper planes and short bike trails patterned like mini runways. Planes fly overhead every few minutes here, and there are handy information panels to help kids (and adults) identify them.
Don’t miss: Children love clambering over the gigantic, dome-shaped globe here—it’s a fun way to explore the world and learn a little geography at the same time.
Aviation fans will love Flight Path Park. | Photo: John Lee