Spring break is a great time to bring the family to Richmond, with a full menu of kid-friendly activities and attractions 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 on March 18 and 25.
Starting at 2pm each day, the park’s free, hour-long naturalist tours illuminate the area’s multitudinous plants and animals. And if you want to make a day of it, spend some time in the Nature House interpretive centre then take the family on some of the park’s trails – look for hummingbirds and eagles soaring overhead along the way
Keen to explore more of Richmond’s natural side? Why not rent some bikes and 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.
West Dyke Trail | Photo: Tourism Richmond
Inside Steveston's picturesque heritage buildings and National Historic Sites, you'll find programming and tours sure to spark your kids' imagination.
Drop by the free-entry Steveston Interurban Tram, housed in a purpose-built shed, for selfies with the red-painted, century-old interurban car. Tours are available and you can also collect a Steveston History Hunters scavenger hunt flyer for some additional fun.
The scavenger hunt will lead you and your kids along the street to gable-roofed Steveston Museum, where an array of fee-free crafts and other activities are on the schedule for March 22, 28 and 29 (12:30pm to 3:30pm).
Not to be outdone, Steveston’s two biggest attractions are also offering spring break activities this month.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is running a dedicated drop-in program from March 19 to 29 (weekdays only; noon to 3pm). It includes a daily theme such as local marine life and activities such as designing your own salmon can label.
Over at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, you can book your kids into a couple of spring break camps – one creating history-themed animated short films and the other enabling participants to design motorized Lego ship sections. Can’t commit to a full camp? The family-friendly museum is also open from noon to 5pm daily, with free guided 15-minute tours available – the perfect length for many kids!
Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site
For the kind of children who love adrenaline rushes, Lansdowne Centre mall is home to March’s annual Outdoor Spring Carnival, complete with midway rides and fun attractions. Got a need for speed? Richmond Go-Karts extends its opening hours in March and it’s the perfect spot for race fans aged 10 and over.
You can tire them out even more at the city’s Watermania – complete with wavepool and waterslides – or at Apex Adventure Plex, where the plethora of activities runs from trampolines to rock climbing and from parkour to a Ninja obstacle course. That should send them back to their studies fully energized for the rest of the school year!
Ninja Warrior Course | Photo Credit: APEX Adventure Plex