July 16, 2021

Are We There Yet? Family-friendly Activities in Richmond, BC

On the hunt for a family-friendly vacation destination? Look no further than Richmond, BC.

Boasting a full range of activities and attractions for all ages to enjoy, Richmond is the perfect summer retreat for jetsetters and staycationers alike. Read on for a few of our favourite family-friendly activities nearby for guests of Richmond hotels.

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Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment (courtesy of City of Richmond)

Nature’s Playground

Take to the great outdoors with a visit to Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment. A 10-minute drive from Versante Hotel, this innovative rural playground offers children a chance to run free and reconnect with nature. Here, kids can scale a 10m-tall treehouse with four platforms, race down a twisting hillside slide, bound through a meadow maze, test their balance on an aerial rope walkway, and much more. These contemporary adventure grounds were designed thoughtfully and sustainably using BC-sourced yellow cedar.

For more outdoor activities, read our recent post: Things to do in Richmond, BC this Summer.

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Riverport Sports & Entertainment Complex

Boasting a massive indoor wave pool, bowling centre and movie theatre, Riverport Sports & Entertainment Complex offers an abundance of fun and games for the whole family to enjoy.

Catch a wave at Watermania fitness and aquatic centre with its indoor wave pool and waterslides (including a tot slide), competitive lap pool, fitness club, sauna, steam room and more.

Then check out a new release at SilverCity Riverport Cinemas, featuring a VIP lounge, virtual reality gaming centre and one of the region’s only IMAX screens.

In the mood for a game of bowling? Lucky 9 Lanes Bowling Centre is sure to be right up your alley, with 10 and 5-pin lanes, rentals for bowlers of all ages, a full arcade and cosmic bowling.

Tip: Kids under 15 bowl for free on weekdays during select times. Visit website for details.

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Richmond Night Market (courtesy of Tourism Vancouver)

Grab a Bite

Visit Kove Kitchen & Bar in historic Steveston Village for a hearty selection of comfort fare served in a family-friendly atmosphere. Whether you fancy a cheeseburger kitted-out on a German pretzel bun or international options like bangers & mash, this waterside eatery has all your bases covered. Kids menu, patio dining and weekend brunch available.

Take the family on a worldwide tasting extravaganza through Richmond Night Market. Located just across the street from the hotel, the carnival features food stalls with over 500 international delicacies alongside games, merchants, and life-sized roaring dinosaurs.

Tip: Richmond Night Market is reopening on July 23, 2021 with enhanced safety measures and capacity limits in place. Visit richmondnightmarket.com to learn more.

Take the family on a sweet excursion to I.Ce Queen for indulgent Thai-style ice cream. Take a decadent reprieve from the summer heat with rolled ice cream (also known as fried ice) and endless toppings. This boutique dessert kiosk is located on Number 3 Road at Aberdeen Centre, a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

Versante Hotel’s onsite dining venues offer an array of sumptuous local and international delights. Enjoy your favourites delivered to your room with in-room dining available 24/7.

Seek Play

The World of Kidtropolis is a child’s play haven. This 18,000 sq ft interactive pretend city provides a hands-on learning environment where children are encouraged to use their imagination to become firefighters, police officers, teachers and more.

Tip: Parents looking for a little adult time can take advantage of Kidtropolis’ Kid’s Night Out program, available on select evenings from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Admission is $25 per child and includes pizza, juice and popcorn.

For older kids, Apex Adventure Plex provides boundless opportunities to stay active and have fun while doing so. This indoor recreation centre features Canada’s largest group of Super Trampolines, plus parkour courses, rock climbing, a ninja course and more.

Due to COVID-19, Apex Adventure Plex is temporarily closed. For the latest updates and service announcements, visit apexadventureplex.com. 


Dog Days

Leave no family member behind on your next vacation! Versante Hotel’s pet-friendly amenities will make your four-legged friends feel right at home. Dog beds, dishes and treats are available on-site, while a number of off-leash walking trails are a short distance away.

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