Scuba Claus at the Vancouver Aquarium

If you are looking for a unique Christmas experience, try a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium! Although Christmas is not the central aspect of any visit to the aquarium, the special touches all around the aquarium do make it an extra special time of year. 

From trees covered in jellyfish and sea stars (each one incredibly stunning) to the appearance of Scuba Claus at set times, it’s a real treat to pay a visit at this time of year. 

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Scuba Claus pays a visit to the aquarium to seek out some bells he has lost. My kids (5 and 2) were mesmerized by the experience, and loved the opportunity to go up to the tank and give Santa a high five after the little show. It was such a fun time! They talked about it for days after. 

Have you been to the Vancouver Aquarium during Christmas? We can’t wait to go again this year! 

Update: we went and it was lovely! Also fun was the 4D Experience of the Polar Express!! Great integration of sounds and smells and even some snow!

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Bloedel Conservatory for Kids

After Aiden spent two nights away at his Babby’s house during Winter Break, we met mid-way at the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver. I hadn’t been to the Conservatory since Ianiv and I were dating, so we’re talking more than 10 years ago. Though it isn’t the best time of year to explore the surrounding gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park, the Conservatory is open all year and was still decorated with lights and poinsettias of all varieties for Christmas.

Bloedel Conservatory has more than 200 free-flying birds and 500 plants in its domed building. The building isn’t huge, but we spent about an hour or so there with our boys. Damien was less interested in looking at the birds and more interested in running the path… 10 times. I don’t have kids that stop to observe things in new environments, they have too much energy for that!

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Putting on my creative hat, we were able to slow the boys down for a little while by handing them our phones and encouraging them to take photos. Damien took many wonderful photos of his feet, and a few of flowers, while Aiden was able to take more time and care in his selections. Cameras (or phones) are a great option to get kids engaged when otherwise they would be distracted. 

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The best part of the visit? How happy my boys were to see each other after being apart for 2 days. 

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