Many families are getting ready for Spring Break and looking for things to keep their kids busy.  Having kids can add up making school breaks pricey when trying to entertain a group of excited kids!  Here are few great local parks to visit, mom-tested and family-approved!

My kids definitely go to parks far more often than I ever did.  We were limited to the wooden bridge (woohoo), monkey bars and of course the enclosed metal spiral slide that was pretty stinky on the inside and  burned your skin off at the bottom if the sun was on it for more than 30 minutes.

Our local favourites include Cloverdale Athletic Park which has a couple great playgrounds, lots of fields to kick a ball, a skate park and a bike park.  There’s something for each child while one of them is at soccer practice, so they enjoy it – but on school breaks we like to branch out to some new parks.  “New” parks hold so much appeal just for the novelty, but these are some of our favourite little gems:

The Penzer Parkour Park in Langley at 4847 200 St, Langley, BC is beyond awesome.  You can spend a whole day there and there’s something for everyone.  There are several parkour circuits for all ages to climb, jump, and swing on as well as a basketball court and a bike park.

Another secret gem we like is at A. J. McLellan in Cloverdale on 62A at about 166 Street, behind A. J. McLellan Elementary.  It has a lot of different and diverse equipment and big green spaces that make you want to run and maybe even turn a cartwheel or two!

Here are some other favourite spots from local moms to check out this Spring Break:

Williams Park at 6595 238 St in Langley/Aldergrove has a great playground and lots of big shady trees, trails, and even a shallow creek that the kids can splash in.

Bear Creek Park at 13750 88 Ave in Surrey has it all!  Many people don’t know about all the cool walking trails through the park. The gardens throughout are actually really beautiful!  And of course there is a train ride if you’d like to make the day special.  The playground is one of the more accessible ones in the region.

Queens Park in New Westminster is fun – and huge.  There’s even a petting zoo, so you can pretty much spend a whole day there between the activities and the two awesome playgrounds!

Terra Nova park in Richmond is another place to spend the whole day.  There is equipment for all ages there including a really cool zip line.  Then you can go for a walk or bike ride along the dyke!

We are pretty lucky to live in a region with so many different types of parks and amenities!


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