Richmond residents, spring break is here and there is a full menu of kid-friendly activities and attractions for you to do throughout the city. No matter you kids' ages or ability levels, spring in Richmond is jam-packed with immersive, entertaining experiences for all. With help from this guide, your kids will have a spring break to remember – and so will you!
For the kind of children who can’t get enough of nature, the Richmond Nature Park is definitely the place to go this spring break.
A visit to the Richmond Nature Park should start with the Nature House, a kid-friendly interpretive centre that illuminates the region’s flora and flora with plenty of hands-on displays. Save time to take the family on some of the park’s tree-lined trails—which wind through a remarkable peat bog habitat—and keep your eyes peeled for squirrels, birds, and dragonflies en route.
Keen to explore more of Richmond’s natural side? If you've all got bikes why not cycle the city’s dedicated trails with your family? Here are some route suggestions to get you started – and if you need an I-spy theme to keep everyone entertained, look out for some early spring blossoms during your excursion.
There are also lots of easy-access walking trails to take your kids on in Richmond. And if you really want to have some fun while keeping everyone active, consider the city’s two dedicated geocaching options as well.
Garry Point Park | Photo: Tourism Richmond
Take a self-guided historical walking tour at Terra Nova and Brighouse parks. Explore the city with Richmond Museum's free downloadable self-guided walking tours. These neighbourhood tours will take you back in time to meet early farmers and residents, feel the pulse of roaring crowds at the horse racetrack, smell the fishy action of clanging canneries and hear the humming busyness of our diverse wetlands. Tours typically take two hours or less but participants are invited to go at their own pace and enjoy our picturesque city. Current guides include Terra Nova and Brighouse neighbourhoods.
Download our free, family-friendly Big Red Scavenger Hunt to start exploring Steveston! Join Big Red the Irish Setter on his quest to uncover Richmond’s history and treasures. Follow the clues left by the Cannery Cat to find the answers to Cat's questions. Download now and get exploring with the family this spring break.
This Spring Break, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site offers a “Choose Your Own Adventure” activity for kids to discover the history of the canning industry through quizzes and self-guided exploration of the site. The activity is free of charge, and is suitable for kids 8-12 years old, who can read independently or with a little help (adults may also request an optional “answer key” if needed). For younger kids, the Cannery offers interactive exhibits to explore, a Parks Canada Parka activity booklet, and a 15-minute film about the Cannery’s history available upon request.
Nearby, the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site offers an interesting glimpse into British Columbia’s seafaring past. A preserved fishing and shipbuilding village lined with vintage wooden buildings that look as if their residents have just stepped out, kids will be enthralled and engaged by this evocative heritage site. The family-friendly museum is open from Thu - Sun, 12:00-4:00pm.
Note: Due to filming on site at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, parking is very limited and opening hours have temporarily changed:
- Closed: Mar 18-19 and 26-27
- Open: Mar 20, 21, 25, 12:00-4:00pm (Murakami House and Manager's House)
One of the stops on the Big Red Scavenger Hunt | Photo: Tourism Richmond
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.
Richmond’s Watermania is reopening to the public in two weeks, but for registered guests only. When you live in a rainforest region, indoor activity options are always required. Watermania is a humongous waterpark featuring an indoor pool with slides, a wave pool, whirlpools, and diving boards. For public swim details, click here.
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.
Tipping Bucket at Watermania | Photo Credit: Watermania