Downtown Vancouver With Kids, Vancouver, British Columbia

Looking for things to do with kids in Vancouver? Your hotel is probably downtown, and even though many Vancouver kids activities are in other neighborhoods, there's lots to do in downtown Vancouver with kids too.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Address 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, Canada Map, Tel 604.662.4719 Call, Hours Daily 10am-5:30pm. Tue and Th until 9pm, Cost Adults $19.50; Kids 4 & under are free Website

While the Vancouver Art Gallery isn't the most kid friendly museum I've ever been to, the museum's small size does work in your favor. Kidstops offer activities and information for school aged children visiting the museum. The 3rd Sunday of every month, the museum is transformed to be a fun art & craft space for kids. more

Guu With Garlic

Address 1698 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C7 Map, Tel (604) 685-8678 Call, Website

One of the fun things about a trip to Vancouver is the opportunity to taste lots of different kinds of Asian food. Guu with Garlic serves Japanese small plates (called izakaya) and this small chain is one of the best in town. The hustle and bustle here make it a perfect choice with kids, as does the small size of the plates. more

Bella Gelateria

Address 1001 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B7 Map, Tel (604) 569-1010 Call,

Bella Gelateria isn't just any Gelato place. The owners handcraft their gelato using old world techniques using fresh ingredients. Everything is made from scratch (no mass-produced ice cream starter here) and Bella Gelateria even won an Italian award for their gelato! This is a place where even a 5 year old would slow down and savor the gelato instead of wolfing it down. more

Science World at Telus World of Science

Address 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC Map, Website

Science World has a mix of hands on exhibits and demonstrations that help teach kids about science. Most exhibits are geared towards school age kids, but a special KIDSPACE area is oriented towards children ages 2 to 6 more

Japa Dog

Address 899 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K6 Map, Website

Hotdogs are a sure kid pleaser, but a hot dog dinner is usually a big disappointment for the grown-ups in our family. After all, part of the reason we travel is to taste the local cuisine. In that context, JapaDog, a food cart that serves up Japanese style hot dogs is a relief. They're fun and new for my husband and I (hello Okonomi Hot Dog) and reliable and trusted for the kids (plain please!). Be forewarned that Japa Dog hot dogs are about $7 each, so while this is inexpensive compared with sitting down in a restaurant, it's a big splurge compared with a Costco Hot Dog. more


Address 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, Canada Map, Hours Approx 6am-1am Mon-Sat, 8am-11pm Sun Website

Toddlers and older kids will love riding on the SeaBus passenger ferry and adults will enjoy the beautiful views. The service consists of two double-ended catamaran ferries, each seating up to 400 passengers. The trip across Vancouver's scenic Burrard Inlet from downtown Vancouver to the North Shore takes just 12 minutes. There are two terminals: Waterfront in downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay on the North Shore. Best of all, this is a great deal, and especially delightful on a warm summer day. more