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.
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
OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE At The Richmond Olympic Oval
6111 River Road
Sporting history and more is on the podium at the Richmond Olympic Oval, an official 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games venue. Home of 2010’s speed skating events, the site’s third-floor Olympic Experience attraction displays authentic medals, torches, and memorabilia from past Games. But many junior visitors beeline straight to its high-tech simulators to test their skills at bobsleigh, ski jumping, racecar driving, and more.
Don’t miss: Check out the broadcasting station and challenge your vocal chords and style on screen as you commentate on Olympic competitions.
14300 Entertainment Boulevard
When you live in a rainforest region, indoor activity options are always required. And the Watermania swimming pool complex is a magnet for the kind of kids who love interactive water play. Dedicated child-friendly features include sprayers, waterwheels, water slides, and an oversized seahorse that pours water into a giant tipping bucket. For public swim details, click here.
Bonus: Once you’ve dried off, head to nearby Lucky 9 Lanes for pizza and bowling fun.
Head to Watermania for some splashy fun. | Photo: City of Richmond
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
RICHMOND NATURE PARK
11851 Westminster Highway
The great outdoors isn't just about playgrounds. If you’d like to introduce your children to the wonders of the natural world, the Richmond Nature Park is an excellent place for a 101 primer. 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 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
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. They can dress-up like a cannery worker; hook rubber salmon into sorting bins; and captain a fishing boat inside a recreated wheelhouse. Need more? 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
4011 Moncton Street
If your Thomas the Tank-loving kids scream with joy every time they see a shiny transit bus or SkyTrain car, take them to the Steveston Tram in Steveston Village. Inside, they’ll be able to check out a red-painted, century-old tram that looks like it just trundled in from toyland. Best of all, they can climb on board and pretend they’re driving.
Bonus: Drop into nearby Splash Toy Shop (3580 Moncton Street), one of Metro Vancouver’s best kid-friendly stores.
APEX ADVENTURE PLEX
3810 Jacombs Road
If your kids need more than simulators to work up a sweat, head to Apex Adventure Plex, an amazing indoor activity centre. The one-fee-covers-all admission ticket includes access to a wide range of zones and equipment including a Ninja Course, Bubble Soccer, and a state-of-the-art Trampoline Park. The indoor rock-climbing area is also massively popular and there’s even a parkour area where kids can leap between padded obstacles like a real-life Spider-Man.
Don’t miss: Apex offers Toddler Time— perfect for kids aged three to six—where kids can jump without interference of older children or adults. Kids must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times; details here.
Try some bubble soccer at Apex. | Photo: Apex Adventure Plex
IONA BEACH REGIONAL PARK
900 Ferguson Road
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.
Bonus: Novice birders can borrow a Budding Birder Backpack from the Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre in Steveston—get the details here.
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