When you think back to your childhood, what stands out? Sure a toy or two may hold a special place in your memory but wasn’t it the adventures & experiences you had that made the most impact? Rather than add another toy to your household, another “thing” you need to ask your kids to clean up, give them an adventure gift. A family adventure that can happen at any time in the year. Experience-based gifts are also great suggestions to pass along to extended family members. So cut down on the “stuff” and ramp up the memories!


Annual memberships (or season passes) to a favourite attraction makes a great gift for a child of any age. The following family-friendly Metro Vancouver attractions all offer annual memberships.

Greater Vancouver Zoo

Vancouver Aquarium

Science World

VanDusen Garden & the Bloedel Conservatory (one membership gets you access to both venues)

Vancouver Art Gallery

HR MacMillan Space Centre

Vancouver Maritime Museum

Capilano Suspension Bridge

West Coast Railway Park

Britannia Mine Museum

Canadian Museum of Flight


Tickets to a performance – or a series of shows – make a great gift. And for the last-minute shopper, all you need to do is hop online & print out your tickets. No need to worry about waiting for a mailed package to arrive in time. The following theatre companies regularly put on kid-friendly shows.

Carousel Theatre for Young People

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Surrey Arts Centre

The ACT Arts Centre

Broadway Across Canada

Family Date Night:

Gift cards are great gifts when it means time spent together. We’ve got kids and that means tight budgets. Why not plan ahead for a fun family night out by giving a gift card to one of these experiences?

Zone Bowling

Cineplex Theatres

Cliffhanger Indoor Climbing

Hive Climbing Gym

The Edge Climbing Centre

Planet Lazer

Extreme Air Park

Wild Play

If you have a favourite adventure gift you give during the holidays tell us about it in the comment section below. We are always on the lookout for new & great ideas!