While there are many cheap and free activities to enjoy in Vancouver with little kids (some I’ll be covering here), the Vancouver Aquarium is certainly worth its admission ($21 adults, $13 kids 4 – 12, $16 youth 13 – 178, FREE for 3 and younger). As you can see, the Dolphin show is a lot of fun–and as we found, it’s as much fun watching the second show (weekends only) under water if you get the chance.
And where else can you sing “Baby Beluga” to the real deal? (Granted, I’m sure he’s heard it plenty of times already.) In addition to sea otters, sea lions, sea horses, sharks, and “Treasures of the BC Coast,” they’ve got an Amazon Rainforest to explore–on foot.
When your tot’s ready to roam free from the stroller or baby carrier, head over to “Clownfish Cove,” where little tunnels and toys, a child-size animal clinic, and touch pool await. This is also where you’ll find family restrooms.
A decent selection of cafe fare, including children’s meals ($6.25 Canadian at time of writing), are available at the aquarium. Visitors who bring their own food are asked to eat it outside of the aquarium in the nearby picnic area, and more drinks, snacks, and ice creams are available to the left of the “big fish” fountain outside, in front of the entrance.
You can purchase aquarium tickets online in advance, but if you have a few days in Vancouver, you might prefer to stay flexible and save that card for a day of spotty weather. Showing up early, even before opening, is key, as the line grows and grows… More info at the Vancouver Aquarium website.