Drop-in activities for your family’s summer ‘staycation’

Summer vacation is something kids look forward to all year, but after a while the kids start to get restless at home. Luckily there are lots of drop-in programs and other local fun to enjoy in New Westminster on your summer ‘staycation.’advertisement Here’s a list of ongoing weekly drop-in activities in New Westminster that you canRead More

Summer vacation is something kids look forward to all year, but after a while the kids start to get restless at home.

Luckily there are lots of drop-in programs and other local fun to enjoy in New Westminster on your summer ‘staycation.’

What to do on your Summer Staycation

Here’s a list of ongoing weekly drop-in activities in New Westminster that you can reference when you’re not sure what to do with your little monkeys this summer:

MONDAYS

  • 10:30-11am, July 6-Aug 17 – French Storytime at the Library (Free, All ages): Stories and songs for children in French.
  • 12:30-2:30pm & 6:30-8:30pm – Loonie Skate at Moody Park Arena ($1, all ages): A great way to get really, really cool on a hot day! Info: 604.525.5301
  • 6-7:30pm July 6-29, Aug 10-26 – Family Drop-In Trampoline & Gymnastics ($5 first family member, $2 each additional, age 2+): Info 604-777-5121
  • 6:30-8:30pm – Beach Bocce Mondays at Westminster Pier Park (Free, all ages): Two community bocce sets provided, feel free to bring your own! Fair weather days only.

TUESDAYS

  • 10-11am – River Critters Baking Class at Pamola Bakery ($5/8, age 5 and under): Decorate cupcakes or cookies and help make amazing treats.
  • 10:30-11:30am, July 7-Aug 18: Summer Fun Days at the Library (Free, Age 5-10 recommended): A special presentation or activity each week. Featured guests: Bubbling Potions Science Show (July 7), Urban Safari Rescue Society (July 21), Burnaby Summer Theatre (August 4).
  • 6:30-7:30pm, July 7-Aug 25: Parent & Tot Gymnastics at the Queen’s Park Arenex ($4 per child, age 1+): Info 604-777-5121

WEDNESDAYS

  • 10:30-11:30am, July 8-Aug 19 – Summer Storytime & Craft at the Library (Free, age 2-6): Stories followed by an easy craft for little hands.
  • 11am-12pm, July 8-Aug 19 – Summer Storytime & Craft at the Queensborough Library (Free, age 2-6): Stories followed by an easy craft for little hands.
  • 12:30-2:30pm – Loonie Skate at Moody Park Arena ($1, all ages): A great way to get really, really cool on a hot day! Info: 604.525.5301
  • 2-4pm – Build It! at the Queensborough Library (Free, ages 6-12): Hands-on activities and challenges for older kids.
  • 6-7:30pm July 6-29, Aug 10-26 – Family Drop-In Trampoline & Gymnastics ($5 first family member, $2 each additional, age 2+): Info 604-777-5121

THURSDAYS

  • 12:30-3pm: Crafty Thursdays Drop-In at Irving House (by donation): Try out old-fashioned games and crafts with Irving House’s costumed guides. Info: 604.527.4640 or  museum@newwestcity.ca.
  • 1:30-3:30pm: Build It! at the Library (Free, ages 6-12): Hands-on activities and challenges for older kids.
  • 3-7pm: Royal City Farmers Market in Tipperary Park (free): Live music and children’s entertainment and crafts at every market.

FRIDAYS

  • 10-11:45am – Music Box Mini Music Drop-In at River Market (Free, 9 months to 5 years): sing and dance to classic children’s songs at Music Box. Two sessions: one starts at 10, the other at 11. Info: 604-553-1176.
  • 10:30-11am, July 10-Aug 21 – Babytime at the Library (Free, 0-23 months): Stories, rhymes and songs for babies
  • 12:30-2:30pm – Loonie Skate at Moody Park Arena ($1, all ages): A great way to get really, really cool on a hot day! Info: 604.525.5301
  • 12:30-3pm – Family Friday at Westminster Pier Park (Free or by donation): Crafty fun on the waterfront every Friday throughout the summer. Info & registration 604-527-4640 or museum@newwestcity.ca
  • 5-8pm – DJ Summer Series at River Market: Live music with DJ Tom on the River Market patio
  • 7-11pm, July 10-Aug 28 – Summer Movie Series in Queen’s Park Stadium (Free): Outdoor movies on a big screen on fair weather days throughout the summer. Movie starts at dusk (around 9pm). In case of questionable weather call 604-527-4634 Questions? Call 604-515-3775

SATURDAYS

  • 9-10am, July 11 & 25, Aug 15 & 22 – Parent & Tot Gymnastics at the Queen’s Park Arenex ($4 per child, age 1+): Info 604-777-5121
  • 10:30am-5:30pm – Soap-making Drop-in with Jolene’s Handmade Soap at Tiny Studio in River Market ($12.50, age 6 and up): Fee includes a pound of glycerin soap, and the use of fun scents, molds and colours to make your own creations. Info: jolene_des@hotmail.com

SUNDAYS

EVERYDAY IDEAS

  • Drop-in trampoline and gymnastics at the Arenex ($4.25, 3+ years): Mon-Fri from July 6 – Aug 21, 12-12:55pm or 2-2:55pm; Saturdays on July 11, 25 and Aug 15, 22, 12-12:55 or 2-2:55pm
  • Take the kids for a splash in a spray park or outdoor swimming pool
  • Pet the goats at the Queen’s Park Petting Zoo
  • Visit the Fraser River Discovery Centre
  • Try out a playground that’s new-to-you
  • See a matinee at Landmark Cinemas
  • Go for ice cream
  • Walk to the old Quay playground and explore the new climbable Vancouver Bienniale sculpture installed just a little further down the boardwalk
  • Visit the New Media Gallery and New West Museum & Archives at the Anvil Centre

Have I missed anything? Add a comment with the info below and I will update this list. Happy summer!

Briana Tomkinson

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