Family Exploring Vancouver at Granville Island
Our Guide to Vancouver

The Perfect Family-Friendly Weekend Trip to Vancouver 

Looking for the ideal destination for your next family vacation? Look no further than Vancouver! Nestled between majestic mountains and the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is the perfect blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture and endless activities that cater to all ages. From toddlers to teenagers, there’s something for everyone. Here's your ultimate guide to a family-friendly weekend trip to Vancouver this summer. 

The Best Time to Visit Vancouver in the Summer

The best time to visit Vancouver with your family is between June and August. During these months, the city boasts warm, sunny weather, perfect for outdoor adventures and sightseeing. The average temperature ranges from 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), making it comfortable for kids and adults alike to explore the city and enjoy the many activities Vancouver has to offer. 

Family-Friendly Day Trip Ideas

Exploring Downtown and Stanley Park

Morning: Arrival and Breakfast  

Start your adventure with a hearty breakfast at one of Vancouver’s many family-friendly cafes. Consider visiting Café Medina, famous for its delicious waffles and kid-friendly atmosphere. 

Discover other dining recommendations near the YWCA Hotel.

Late Morning: Stanley Park  

Head over to Stanley Park, Vancouver’s iconic public park. Rent bikes and take a leisurely ride along the Seawall, a 9 km (5.5 miles) path that offers stunning views of the city, mountains and ocean. Don’t miss the Vancouver Aquarium, located within the park, which is home to over 50,000 aquatic creatures. It’s both fun and educational, making it perfect for kids of all ages. 

Directions to Stanley Park from the YWCA Hotel >>>

Young girl admires Beluga whale at Aquarium

Afternoon: Picnic and Playground  

Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it at one of Stanley Park’s many picnic areas. Our hotel features shared guest kitchens, perfect for creating a family-bonding moment as you prepare your lunch together. These kitchens also allow you to save on dining costs and cater to specific dietary needs. 

After lunch, let the kids burn off some energy at one of the park’s playgrounds around the area. 

Evening: Dinner and Night Market  

Wrap up your day with a visit to the Richmond Night Market, just a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. Public transportation options are also very convenient from the YWCA Hotel to the market. 

Directions to the Richmond Night Market from the YWCA Hotel >>>

Open from May to October, this vibrant market features over 100 food stalls offering a wide variety of cuisines, along with games, rides and live entertainment. It’s a sensory delight that teenagers will especially enjoy. 

Richmond Night Market

Culture and Adventure 

Morning: Granville Island 

Start your day with a trip to Granville Island. Visit the Kids Market, a haven for young ones with its toy stores, play areas, and the Adventure Zone. Grab breakfast at the Public Market, where everyone can find something they love. 

Directions to Granville Island from the YWCA Hotel >>> 

Late Morning: Science World  

Next, head to Science World. This interactive science museum is packed with hands-on exhibits and an OMNIMAX Theatre, providing fun and educational experiences for the whole family. 

Directions to Science World from the YWCA Hotel >>> 

Science World

Afternoon: Grouse Mountain  

After a morning of exploration, make your way to Grouse Mountain. Take the Skyride to the top and enjoy breathtaking views of the city. In the summer, Grouse Mountain offers activities such as the Lumberjack Show, Birds in Motion Demonstrations and a wildlife refuge where you can see grizzly bears and owls. For the more adventurous teens, try the Grouse Grind, a challenging 2.9 km (1.8 miles) hike up the mountain. 

Evening: Dinner and Sunset  

End your day with a relaxing dinner at one of Vancouver’s many family-friendly restaurants. Consider dining at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Gastown, known for its fun décor and menu that appeals to kids and adults. After dinner, take a stroll along the seawall or visit one of Vancouver’s many beaches to watch the sunset. 

Vancouver sunset

Festivals and Fun

Morning: Breakfast and Beach Time  

Have breakfast at a local favorite like Sophie’s Cosmic Café in Kitsilano. Then, spend the morning at Kitsilano Beach, where the kids can play in the sand, swim in the outdoor pool or explore the nearby playground. 

Directions to Kitsilano Beach from the YWCA Hotel >>> 

Late Morning: Summer Festivals  

If you’re visiting in August, don’t miss the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). This annual fair offers carnival rides, games, live shows, and a petting zoo, making it a hit with kids and teens. Alternatively, check out local events like the Vancouver International Children's Festival or the various free outdoor concerts happening around the city. 

Vancouver PNE Fair

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Afternoon: Capilano Suspension Bridge  

For an afternoon adventure, visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The bridge stretches 137 meters (450 feet) across and 70 meters (230 feet) above the Capilano River. The park also features treetop adventures and a cliffwalk, perfect for older kids and teens seeking a bit of thrill. 

Evening: Farewell Dinner  

Conclude your family-friendly weekend with a farewell dinner at one of Vancouver’s waterfront restaurants. The Cactus Club Cafe at English Bay offers stunning views and a diverse menu that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters. 

Tips for Traveling with Kids 

Plan Ahead: Make restaurant reservations and buy tickets for popular attractions in advance to avoid long waits. 

Visit to learn more about package deals and save on costs.

Pack Smart: Bring snacks, water and sunscreen to keep everyone happy and hydrated. 

Stay Central: Our YWCA Hotel is conveniently located across the street from BC Place and Rogers Arena, making it perfect for attending sports games and major concerts. Notable past and upcoming performers include Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. 


Vancouver is a city that truly has it all, offering countless activities and attractions that cater to families. By following this guide, you’re sure to create lasting memories and have the perfect family-friendly weekend trip to Vancouver. Book your stay with us today and start planning your unforgettable summer getaway!