If you are looking for activities to keep you and your children occupied over the Winter holidays, you are in very good hands. New Westminster has a plethora of both children and family activities from Queensborough to Sapperton and everything in between!
Let’s start with the two bustling Community Centres in New Westminster. At both centres, you will find single day programs that focus on baking, crafts, and other winter adventures! Club Royale at Centennial Community Centre is also a terrific option if you are looking for a fun day camp for children ages 6-12.
For breakfast lovers, bring the whole family to Centennial Community Centre for an IHOP breakfast on December 16th. There promises to be tasty food, festive music, and an appearance from Santa. The fun doesn’t stop here. After breakfast, make the trek to River Market to browse and shop amongst the 35 vendors.
Moving to the ice, New Westminster-ites are fortunate to have one of the best arenas in the Lower Mainland right in their own backyard. Moody Park Arena will host their annual Skate with Santa on December 23rd. This event features on-ice games, crafts, and the opportunity to skate with St. Nick, himself!
For a full list of Parks and Recreation events and programs, check out their Active Living Guide below.
I am an avid camper, and in the pre-kid days was of the “carry everything in a backpack and hike in” variety. Now, with a young son and a dog in tow, we are much more in the car-camping camp. We roll up to a nicely groomed provincially run campsite, and we settle in for a few days with our cushy tent trailer, and we don’t have to forage for wood or food. We spend most of our time lakeside, and we focus on marshmallow roasting and frisbee throwing. But we have a fully outfitted tent trailer at our disposal, so a few days here or there are pretty easy when all you have to do is grab a few bags of groceries and head out.
If the idea of camping appeals to you, but you’re not yet ready to invest in a stocked tent trailer, or even more simply, a tent and sleeping bags, don’t worry. There are a few options.
- Rent the Gear: You can rent almost anything you want from Mountain Equipment Co-op. A $10 membership gets you access to low priced gear rentals.
- Visit a Stocked Site: Pacific Rim National Park, a federally managed wilderness site, has Equipped Sites. They supply the tents, sleeping bags, cooking stoves… you name it.
- Beg, Borrow, and Thank: At least one of your friends is likely to have a camping set up you can borrow. Don’t be afraid to ask.
When you want to try out camping but are scared to commit, these are good options to get you outside and enjoying Mother Nature.