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Feb 01, 2017 Return to Headlines

Entertain Your Kids and Woo Your Valentine in Coquitlam

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Feb. 1, 2017 – Coquitlam is the place to be this month, with a host of crafty events, Family Day activities and date night options providing endless entertainment opportunities. Here are some ideas to keep your children, sweetheart and even your pets busy. 

FAMILY DAY (Feb. 13)

Explore a new park

Easily accessible by transit, Town Centre Park (at Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station), has outdoor foosball and ping pong tables as well as a flat 1.2-kilometre trail circling the lake, which is suitable for all ages, including children on bikes. 

Another lovely park to explore is Como Lake Park, which has an easy, 1-kilometre trail that loops around the lake, with a playground and two fishing docks (the lake is stocked with rainbow trout). Visit the Park Finder webpage

If you’re looking for a place to release the hounds, try Mundy Park, a heavily forested urban park that has an off-leash park and allows off-leash dogs on certain trails (before 10 a.m.). Visit the Trails webpage

Go bowling

If the weather isn’t cooperating, channel your inner Homer Simpson and line up a strike! Zone Bowling in Coquitlam has a beautiful five- and 10-pin bowling alley that attracts visitors from all over Metro Vancouver. www.zonebowling.ca

Family Day Skate 

Round up the family for this fun skate at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex from 4-6 p.m. Family admission and regular rental rates apply. Visit the Family Day webpage

Family Fun Day 

Get active and have some fun! This day includes entertainment, games and a variety of activities for the family at Poirier Community Centre from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s free, but you must pre-register. Visit the Family Day webpage

Family Day Swim 

Splash about in the pool and take part in some fun and games. Family Day will be celebrated at City Centre Aquatic Complex, which has a waterslide and wave pool, as well as Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex. Fee is $2 per person. Visit the Family Day webpage

VALENTINE’S DAY (Feb. 14)

Sure, you could pick up a bouquet of roses, but here’s something a little bit different that’s sure to impress. 

Craft your own card

Surprise your loved one by creating your own hand-crafted Edwardian-style card. The historic Mackin House will show you how to do it on Feb. 11 from 1-3 p.m. All supplies will be provided, and you even get to snack on delicious sugar cookies from a 1915 recipe. Registration is required (by donation). www.coquitlamheritage.ca

Sweets for your sweet 

Nothing says romance like melted chocolate. Learn how to make your own delicacies in a class offered by the Coquitlam Heritage Society. You’ll learn the basics of tempering couverture chocolate and you’ll be able to bring home your treats at the end of class. Appetizers will be provided and wine will be available for a minimal cost. Ages 19+, 6-9 p.m., $35. www.coquitlamheritage.ca

Get the heart pumping

If your sweetheart is the physical type, why not start off your date with a climb up the Coquitlam Crunch? Feel the burn as you power up 437 stairs followed by a steep trail finishing at an elevation of 280 metres. Your hearts will be pumping after traversing this 2.2-kilometre trail.  Visit the Trails webpage

Go VIP 

Take in a movie in pure luxury at Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam and VIP, featuring in-seat dining in comfy reserved leather chairs and a licensed lounge. This is an age 19+ venue for those looking for a kid-free experience. www.cineplex.com

Do dinner 

Coquitlam has plenty of dining options. One place to start is Glen Drive, a short walk from Lincoln SkyTrain station, where Vietnamese, Japanese and Filipino restaurants share the same blocks with hip eateries and Middle Eastern specialties.

Family Valentine’s Day 

Feb. 14 falls on a school night this year, so why not include the kids in the fun, while making memories that will last a lifetime? Take a group photo of your family, and then stop in to Opus Arts Supplies in Coquitlam for a stash of fun crafting gear to decorate your own picture frame. opusartsupplies.com

For more great ideas, visit the Explore Coquitlam webpage.

Images are available at https://flic.kr/s/aHskQJx2nv

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Media contact:

Eric Kalnins
Tourism Manager, City of Coquitlam
604-927-3912
ekalnins@coquitlam.ca