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  • Writer's pictureMai Le

Christmas Break fun

It's been cold and snowy here in British Colombia which we normally don't ever get, but I cannot believe I'm saying this but I actually miss the rain. We are in full swing of Christmas break. One great perk of being a teacher is getting christmas break, spring break and of course summer break. We have been busy doing so much things that's happening around our neighbourhood. I wanted to share some fun ideas that don't cost a whole lot and make some great family memories.

1. Bear Creek Christmas Train (Surrey BC)

This train will be in open from December 9th till January 1st 2017 (Please note the train is closed December 25th)

Admission: Adults & Children $10.00 each + tax

Open 10:00am to 4:00pm - last train leaves the station at 4:00pm

Santa is at the station Dec 9th to Dec 24th. Bring your camera!

Visit with Santa & receive a candy cane, children do activities on our platform and take a train ride through the Christmas forest

13750 – 88th Avenue at King George Blvd. Surrey, BC, Canada V3W 3L1

Phone: (604) 501-1232


2. Kids Play Cafe (Surrey BC)

The idea of Kids Play Cafe is to create a sophisticated coffeehouse, with an indoor playground that would be suitable and safe for younger children. Kids Play Cafe would offer this younger crowd with the ability to freely play on the playground and engage in fun toys; all, within the reach of their parents or caregivers. This would give the parent time to sip on a cup of coffee or tea, sit and relax, and watch their child play. We also envisioned Kids Play Cafe as being a social hub, where locals from the neighbourhood would be able to bring their children together to play, while the parents would get to network and build friendships.


General (ages 1-7) $6.00 Siblings (discounted rate) $4.75 Children (under 12 months) Free

Open: Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:30pm

Sunday 9am - 5:30pm

8-14885 60th Avenue, Surrey B.C

Phone: (604).593.5437


3 Van Dusen Fesitval of Lights (Vancouver BC)

Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, a magical winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating VanDusen Botanical Garden open from December 1 to January 2.

This year we've expanded the show to include a new carousel and all entry tickets include a free ride!

Stroll with friends and family through interactive themed areas, enjoy the famous Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, look for roving Scandinavian gnomes and reindeer in the garden, light a candle at the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, take a photo with Santa, and much more!

Open: December 1 - 15 4:30pm - 9:00pm

December 16 - 23 4:30pm - 10:00pm

December 24 4:30pm - 9:00pm

December 25 Closed

December 26 - January 2 4:30pm - 9:00pm


Adult 19 - 64 years (pay online) $15.24 (Gate Price) $17.86

Senior 65 years and up (pay online) $11.43 (Gate Price) $13.81

Youth 13 - 18 years (pay online) $11.43 (Gate Price) $13.81

Child 4 - 12 years (pay online) $8.57 (Gate Price)$10.71

Child 3 and under Free

Family rate 2 adults + 2 children 18 and under (pay online) $34.29 (Gate Price) $39.05

Garden (VBGA) members With valid card (pay online) $11.43 (Gate Price) $13.81

Garden (VBGA) member family With valid card 2 adults + 2 children 18 and under (pay online) $32.38 (Gate Price) $37.15

I also wanted to mention all of these fun places are great, but you can also just venture outside, you don't have to spend a lot of money for the kiddos to have fun.

1. Try filling squeezee bottles with different colours of water and let the kids spray the snow outside.

2. Let them hold different sized sticks to make different tracks

3. The good old snow ball fight

4. Building a snowman (bring old clothing such as hats, scarves) we also brought out different fruits to use for the face like carrots, strawberries for the eyes, etc

5. If your kiddo cannot use the squeezee bottle, use a spray bottle instead with different water colours

6. Go on a winter scavenger hunt, looking to find pine cones, sticks and other things hidden under the snow

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