fireplaceI wanted to bring everything we saw at the BC Home & Garden Show home with us.  Sadly that isn’t allowed, nor is it possible!  There are more than 400 retailers on site: fireplaces and water fountains; blade-less fans; the BC Hydro SmartReno Home; the list goes on.

Upon our arrival our children were insistent upon locating the KidZone.  In addition to the face-painting station there were a few vendors with kid-specific products.  We LOVED the Monkey Toast (the tomato/ginger was a hit with our 4 year old; the 2 year old loved apple/cinnamon).  The Pop-Pop was incredibly tempting and the tents were going quickly!  The deals being offered were terrific: the bus or firetruck pop-pop was only $20.  Despite having a Thomas the Train pop-up-tent at home I was seriously tempted by the Pop-Pop products!

I was very impressed with the two agriculture/kid booths we stumbled upon: Growing Chefs and The World In a Garden.  Both vendors focus on teaching children how food travels from the ground onto their plate.  The World in A Garden is giving out plant seeds to kids (to my mind a much better – and longer lasting – give away than a sucker or balloon).

BC Home & Garden Show 2013On the main floor there is every imaginable home and garden related product.  Our kids were mesmerized by the waterfall/fire display.  Most impressive was the fire burning on the water!  Our kids would have happily stood there for hours (well, let’s be serious, minutes…definitely minutes).

Toyota had a big display of vehicles.  While I’ve clung to the no-minivan philosophy, I was mightily intrigued by the one they had on display.  There was so much room…and it was CLEAN!  A kid-car without goldfish crumbs, random toys and an unclaimed sock – I didn’t know such vehicles existed.

Our kids had fun checking out the Yucatan Hammocks.  Apparently they can hold 800+ lbs.  While I wasn’t brave enough to climb in – I was worried about extracting myself while there were witnesses – our youngest son thought the hammock was fantastic!

Many, if not all, of the vendors are offering fantastic sales on their products during the BC Home & Garden Show weekend.  The show runs, at BC Place Stadium, today (Saturday) until 9pm and on Sunday from 10am – 6pm.  The admission is $15 for adults and kids under 12 are FREE!  You can purchase your tickets online and they will only cost you $10 if you use the promo code: WESTCOAST.