Chief Dan George park is one of the smallest playgrounds in the District of North Vancouver, called a “neighbourhood pocket park,” which is great to burn off steam if you live close by, but not much else. Geared towards smaller kids, the park boasts a single play structure (climb up, slide down) and a swing set, plus a digger and a ball structure, though it does boast a larger green space for exploration.
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Last Saturday kicked off the first of the Saturday Summer Sessions art & music festival at The Shipyards at the foot of Lonsdale. For those of you (like me) who love the outdoor concert scene, but not the time at which most of the concerts take place, this is a great alternative. We got there so early on Saturday, the kids actually got to help test out the drum sets (translation: Damien was in heaven).
Right now, there are Summer Concert Series taking place all over North Vancouver, most of which are held on Fridays from 7-9pm. The concerts at Cates Park are the exception, but I’ve had too many bad parking experiences there for me to consider this a regular option.
The new Summer Sessions concert series runs from 3-10pm, offering children’s art and activities and sometimes music and shows in the earlier hours, with adult-focused concerts starting after 7pm. So, YAY!
Last week, we sat in for some of the Celtic Ensemble and Irish Dancers as the Summer Sessions kicked off and had a great time. Don’t expect it to be as busy as the Friday Night Market, or have as many booths or food trucks, but come check it out if you’re looking to add some more music to your family lives!
Every Friday night that isn’t raining, we head down to the Shipyards / Shipbuilders Square in Lower Lonsdale for the Night Market. This has been our tradition since the Night Market first came to North Vancouver. This year, though? It has been the best year by far.
Aside from the awesomeness of having older kids who are more easy going and adaptable, the night market itself is WAY better this year.
In previous years, we’d arrive early to the Night Market and everything would be behind schedule. Food trucks not there, food trucks not opening by 5, music delayed, etc. Since my kids eat at 5, this was always kind of stressful for us, and annoying when we had to leave before the music started.
This year? It’s like a whole different market. With over 30 food trucks now, there is at the start a lot more variety. We still arrive early, but this year everyone is ready. Many food trucks are open before 5 and the music has (mostly) been on time. The beer garden is larger (not that we use it) and we have really been enjoying the whole experience.
If you haven’t yet experienced the North Shore Green Market’s Night Market, come out tomorrow. Maybe we’ll see you there!