As a new dad, sometimes it can be overwhelming to take care of your baby all by yourself for the first time (especially if you are all alone). Remember, you are not "all alone." Your baby is with you. You are a team! I have 2 kids and regularly take them out alone. However, it wasn't always easy (and it still isn't easy). It takes me 30-40 minutes just to get them both ready (giving them a bath, changing their diapers, feeding them before we leave, making sure they have warm clothes, packing snacks and a diaper bag, putting on their shoes, carrying them to the car, strapping them into the car seat, folding the stroller and putting it into the trunk). Can any parents relate? When I was single, it took me 2 minutes to leave the house (all I did was put on shoes and a jacket and I was off)! With all that work, you can see why sometimes, I would rather just stay home and hang out with them. However, it's when you make the decision and explore our beautiful city of Vancouver that those important life-long memories are made!
So, maybe, as a new dad you can relate to my experiences?
I would focus more on the activity and memories you will make together with your child rather than on the amount of preparation needed to take them out. Yes, there will be challenges but the rewards will be well worth it. And, your kids will treasure these memories forever. I've been to most of the major tourist attractions in Vancouver with our children so here are my Top 5 Activities for Dads and Kids in Vancouver!
1) STANLEY PARK - we have one of the most beautiful parks in the world. It's a shame that some of us only visit when we have out-of-town guests visiting Vancouver. Stanley Park has so much to do from the Seawall, to the Aquarium, to bike riding, to roller-blading, to walking, to just sitting and enjoying the view. One of our favourites memories is taking the kids on a Stroller Walk around the Seawall!
2) SCIENCE WORLD - although a little expensive, Science World makes a great day trip as there is so much to see and do! You can simply let your kids go wild - of course, you have to keep an eye out for them as in the midst of all the kids running around and screaming, you just might lose sight of them. So, put away your smart phone, and focus fully on the happiness on your kids' faces as they discover the joy of Science!
3) GRANVILLE ISLAND - our kids love chasing around the seagulls at Granville Island. If it is a rainy day, you can still enjoy the massive Granville Island Market with so much delicious food and snacks to indulge in. Plus, there are some great theatre shows focused fully on families with kids. Granville Island is also home to the annual Vancouver Children's Festival with some amazing performances (both free and paid)!
4) PLANETARIUM - this is another under-visited gem in Vancouver. We all know it's there but as parents we really need to take our kids there more. We only have been once and our daughter loved all the amazing interactive displays and shows. We have to go back and visit with our son soon. Whenever I visit, I end up learning so much. So, why not go check out the Planetarium, Maritime Museum, and Kits Beach all in one fun day!
5) THE MALL - this is probably the cheapest and easier option (well, it's only cheap if you don't go shopping while at the mall). Most of the major malls have a designated Kids' Area and even some cool cars you can put the kids in and push them around. Metrotown even has a really cool train that goes around the mall! So, if you don't want to spend a lot of money, want to stay indoors, and still get out of the house, the mall works perfect!
What have I missed?
Leave us a comment below on your favourite place to take your children in Vancouver!!
By Ricky Shetty
Ricky Shetty is the owner and operator of the family-friendly DaddyBlogger.com website which gives a father's perspective into parenting. Ricky runs several different events, workshops, and conferences in Vancouver including YVR Bloggers, YVR Foodies, YVR Dads, YVR Masterminds, and YVR Conferences. You can find out more about Ricky on his website: