COQUITLAM, BC, March 9, 2017 – School is almost out – so now what? Check out these 15 suggestions for fun, free and affordable activities and events that will make your Coquitlam staycation one to remember.
For more great ideas, pick up your copy of the 2017 Coquitlam Travel & Experience Guide at any City facility or read it online at www.coquitlam.ca/explore
Get your School’s Out! Pass
Keep the kids active over the holiday break without breaking the bank. For $20, your child can enjoy unlimited access to Coquitlam’s indoor pools and drop-in programs. School's Out webpage
Ready, Set, Play!
Drop in for free family play time on March 11 with loads of activities, including badminton, floor hockey, basketball, tennis, crafts, face painting and gymnastics. It takes place from 3-5 p.m. at Pinetree Community Centre and is geared toward ages 5-12. Featured Programs webpage
Spring Break Festival
Take part in a hilarious festival of interactive storytelling theatre at Evergreen Cultural Centre from March 21-23. Shows include Peter Pan, Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin playing at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Watch as members of the audience are called up on stage to join in the fun! www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca
Drop in to the Coquitlam Public Library for a special presentation of fairy tale-inspired puppet shows. No registration required. March 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Poirier branch, March 16 at 1:30 p.m. at City Centre Branch. www.library.coquitlam.bc.ca
Free movie matinee
Drop in to the City Centre or Poirier branches of the Coquitlam Public Library for a free showing of The Secret Life of Pets March 21 from 1:30 - 3:05 p.m. Registration not required – just drop in. www.library.coquitlam.bc.ca
Cheap March Break movies
If the weather isn’t cooperating, why not kick back at a large-screen showing of Fantastic Beasts, Storks, The Secret Life of Pets or Trolls? These films will be showing every day at SilverCity Coquitlam and VIP Cinemas from March 20-24 starting as early as 11 a.m. Best of all, tickets are just $2.99. www.cineplex.com/promos/marchbreakmovies
Let the kids run wild! Crash Crawly’s features a two-storey crazy maze of tunnels, bridges, ball pits, slides and more. Other attractions include laser tag, glow-in-the-dark mini golf and a miniature train ride. www.crash-crawlys.com
Climb an (indoor) mountain
Climb Base5 in Coquitlam is home to Metro Vancouver’s largest climbing wall, 16,000 square feet of climbing space, plus a 1,000-square-foot ‘Tsunami Wall’ for bouldering. www.climbbase5.com
The Zone Bowling Centre
This alley offers five- and 10-pin bowling and a video arcade with pool tables. Order your food from any of the attached restaurants for an easy night out. www.zonebowling.ca
Get (indoor) camping
A few spaces remain for some Spring Break camps. For last-minute bookings, visit the Featured Programs webpage.
Persian Fire Festival
Fire pits will be stationed throughout Town Centre Park on March 14 from 6-10 p.m. to celebrate Chaharshanbe Suri with the Tri-City Iranian Cultural Society. This age-old tradition involves jumping through fire, which is believed to burn fear from people’s spirits in preparation for the New Year. Festivals webpage
Queenston Park (3415 Queenston Ave.) was recently nominated by The Vancouver Sun as one of Metro Vancouver’s top 10 playgrounds. The structure is built into the side of a hill, meaning children burn their energy climbing the bridge or spider web up to the top. Once there, they are treated to a thrill-seeking slide that may be one of the longest in the Lower Mainland.
Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Ave.) has a wonderful playground with a roller slide, oodle swing and music chimes. If you have multiple kids or toddlers who tend to bolt, check out the playground at Como Lake Park (700 Gatensbury St.), which is fully fenced, complete with two play structures with plenty of climbing and sliding options.
Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way) has a large playground with a variety of equipment suitable for all ages, as well as outdoor table tennis and foosball tables. Park Finder webpage
Show off your skills at Mackin Park’s skatepark (1046 Brunette Ave.), which features a quarter pipe, a bank running the length of the park on the north side with a table top, and a hubba ledge and rail. Another one to try is at Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way) near the playground. Park Finder webpage
Take a hike
A great option for kids is Minnekhada Regional Park, a 200-hectare park located just minutes from Coquitlam’s City Centre. Surrounded by old-growth forest and endless views of nature, it feels like you are miles away from civilization. Hiking trails range from a flat path leading throughout the marsh (perfect for younger children) to an uphill climb to the Low or High Knolls, with mind-blowing views looking over the wilderness.
For more details, see page 23 in the 2017 Coquitlam Travel & Experience Guide. www.coquitlam.ca/explore
Search for treasure
How would you like to search for a hidden treasure? Geocaching is a fun activity you can do as a family, and Coquitlam’s parks are rich with geocaches (hidden containers). All you need to join in this real-world hunt is a cellphone or GPS tracking device. Some are tiny and hard to find, while others are kid-friendly, including large containers filled with trinkets. Register for free at www.geocaching.com to play.
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To find out more about activities and events in Coquitlam year-round, visit www.coquitlam.ca/explore
Tourism Manager, City of Coquitlam