On Sunday we headed up to Kilmer Park to enjoy the beautiful weather. Kilmer is one of the more tame of North Vancouver’s water parks, and is definitely not as busy as the others. Given that Aiden finds water parks overwhelming (he doesn’t like to get his hair wet), it’s nice to give him an opportunity to test his own limits in a more tame setting.
Damien, on the other hand, has no issues with water. Never has. We’ve given both of these boys the same experiences, so it just goes to show how much is nurture vs nature. Anyway, my little water baby dove right into the water park, sitting and splashing in the water and having me finger walk him through the spray over and over (which must have been hitting him right at face level!).
Despite his teething, he had a good afternoon. It was one of the only times in the last week (as well as a nice Friday) that he was more like his happy self. I can see us spending many afternoons at Kilmer this summer!
We make a point of involving our family in as many community events as possible. In part, it’s a great way to fill up the weekend for two boys who need to get out and be active, and in part because it keeps us connected with where we live. We take great pride in being a part of North Vancouver.
Today, despite the rain, we headed up to Lynn Valley for the Lynn Valley Days parade and festivities. We have been faithful attendees at Lynn Valley Days for at least 3 years now, sometimes arriving early for pancakes or staying to have lunch. Though we don’t care much for visiting all the booths in detail, we love the parade: the firetrucks (though Aiden hates the sirens), the bands, the dancing and the enthusiasm of the whole experience. Toss in some snacks (and candy) and you have a happy family – even with the rain!
After the parade, Aiden spent some time on the train ride and in the bouncy castles, though eventually we did decide to call it a day with the ongoing sudden downpours making our outdoor activity a little less relaxed than normal!
Damien had a great time checking out the parade – a little more involved than last year when he slept through the whole thing (he was only a week old).
Back in July, we were given a trip up Grouse Mountain as part of a great contest that they were putting on. At the time, we were only able to spend about 3 hours up the mountain, having 2 young kids and nap / bedtime schedules to juggle. As such, we weren’t able to see everything. A couple of weeks later, Ianiv and I took Damien up the mountain for a second visit.
Although I still wasn’t able to do a helicopter ride (boo to the clouds), I did take a trip by myself up to the Eye of the Wind (what a treat, to be solo!). This wind turbine is the world’s first and only wind turbine with a viewing pod at the top of the tower. With 360-degree views of the mountains and Vancouver, you are in for quite a treat! To get to the Eye of the Wind, you have to take a chairlift and walk a short distance – there’s an elevator to the top. Even with the clouds, it was an amazing view (see more pics here):
While I was up the mountain, Ianiv took Damien on a long walk and we later took some great photos of the grizzly bears, who were more visible on this visit.
Carisbrooke park is a beautiful oasis in upper Lonsdale. Built in 1912-1923 by the BC Electric Street Railway Company, the park boats a beautiful greenscape and path with a fenced (from the road) playground. The playground itself is fairly new featuring some really unique elements such as the merry-go-round.
The playground has two main play structures which are mostly connected offering a great circuit for active climbers. There is a large slide, monkey bars and a net bridge. There are swings for those kids who love to swing and lots of shade for young babies. The only downside to this park is the lack of a washroom or port-a-potty.
See all photos from this park here.
Park Location: North East corner of Lonsdale Avenue and Osborne Rd E.
Aiden recently paid a visit to one of the City of North Vancouver’s Fire Departments for a little tour. Most fire departments offer free tours for kids and the firemen we see at the cafes often say to just drop by for a visit. Well, we finally took them up on the offer! Luckily, a fireman was able to show Aiden and his friend around the fire station for a while.
Aiden got a little shy at the fire station (which he often does for a few minutes in a new situation), so he didn’t sit behind the wheel of a fire truck. He got inside a couple of the trucks, had a good look around, and got to see a firetruck pulling in and then going out for another emergency job. He was a little frightened when the fireman pulled the air horn on one of the fire trucks (he has auditory sensitivities – his ears hurt with loud noises) and that kind of soured the end of our visit.
Aiden has subsequently talked a lot about the visit and how he didn’t sit in the firetruck; from past discussions of this kind, it seems to be his way of talking through his fears so that he can overcome them next time.
It was great to be able to show Aiden the fire station and all the details behind one of his favourite vehicles (according to Aiden, all sirens we hear are firetrucks).
See all our photos from the visit here.