51 Family Fun Things to do in the Fraser Valley This Summer

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Whether you prefer outdoor adventures, homemade fun, water play, heritage and cultural visits, fairs and events or a combination of them all, we’ve got your hook up.  But this couldn’t possibly encompass everything that there is to do in the Fraser Valley this summer so make sure you share your favourite spots or activities or events in the comments.  Where is your favourite family hangout?  What do you do with the kids when it’s warm outside?  Share your favourite things to do in the Fraser Valley!  Also be sure to check the Fraser Valley Pulse events page often; we add new fun and exciting things to do every week!théa dans un champ de fraises
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  1. Go camping at one of our many provincial parks.
  2. Get wet at the spray parks and outdoor pools in your city parks. Check your city’s municipal website for listings.
  3. For more serious water fun, check out Cultus Lake Waterpark.
  4. Hike a kid-friendly trail.
  5. Visit the local library for story time. Check your city’s municipal website for listings.
  6. Throw a block party.
  7. Set up a lemonade stand.
  8. Go camping in your own backyard.
  9. Get some sidewalk chalk and enjoy a game of hopscotch.
  10. Go on a Beach Heroes Guided Walk at Crescent Beach.
  11. Summer daycamp at historic Stewart Farm.
  12. Get an actual, real-as-in-18%-butter-fat- ice-cream cone at Birchwood Dairy.
  13. Abbotsford Farm and Country Market takes place every Saturday from 9AM – 1PM in downtown Abbotsford next to the United Church on George Ferguson and Montrose.
  14. Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford has something for everyone – mini golf, bumper boats and go karts, a driving range, arcade games, you name it.
  15. Fort Langley National Historic Site. Visit the “birthplace of B.C.” to experience pioneer life and tour heritage buildings. In particular, check out Brigade Days July 31 – August 2 with dozens of costumed re-enactors demonstrating heritage activities as they camp on the site.
  16. Langley Centennial Museum.
  17. Go on a bike ride. Don’t have a bike? Rent one!
  18. Watch the sunset on the ocean.
  19. The Abbotsford Agrifair and Rodeo is taking place July 29 – August 2. Featuring live music, an extensive midway, games, performances and, of course, the rodeo, it’s always a favourite community event.
  20. Get fish and chips and hang out on the pier at White Rock.
  21. Attend the Waterfront Concert Series in White Rock. Saturdays and Sundays from 2 – 4PM. Performance schedule is available at www.city.whiterock.bc.ca
  22. Sign the kids up for a summer day camp. Every community offers them for a variety of ages covering everything from magic to gymnastics to write to sports.
  23. Go kayaking or canoeing.
  24. Burn some energy running through the corn maze at Meadows Maze, opening July 31, 2010.
  25. Book a family photo session with a local photographer.
  26. Organize a family baseball or t-ball game.
  27. Langley’s Bard in the Park is a Fraser Valley alternative to Bard on the Beach. And it’s free! This year’s production is A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  28. Check out the Beach and Summertime Art Show at the White Rock Community Centre.
  29. See an outdoor movie in your community.
  30. Concerts in the Park at Douglas Park spirit Square on (Langley) on Friday nights at 5PM. Each week features new, local talent.
  31. Arts Alive Festival in downtown Langley is free and includes over 100 participants including the fine arts, artisans and crafters, a multicultural venue, live music, a first nations display and an exciting children’s activity area. Saturday, August 21.
  32. Visit Harrison Lake lagoon area for a sandy beach or a fun boat cruise with Shoreline Tours.
  33. Bridal Falls Water Park in Chilliwack has water slides for every age.
  34. Adventure Park at Tugboat Junction
  35. Dinotown is about to close so this is your last chance summer to see the only dinosaur-themed park in North America.
  36. Visit Kilby Historic Site to experience the early days of BC at the general store, hotel, post office and farm.
  37. Go on a farm tour at the newly opened EcoDairy in Abbotsford. The first demonstration farm of its kind, offering a unique, first-hand farm adventure, your family can check out cows and other animals (goats on the roof!), learn about farming, and experience natural, healthy, sustainable farming.
  38. Visit the Greater Vancouver Zoo.
  39. Visit Langley Museum of Flight to check out over 25 aircraft both static and flying. The aircraft range from a WWII Handley Page Hampden to a T-33 Silverstar, and includes the only displayed Handley-Page Hampden in the world.
  40. Abbotsford International Air Show takes place August 13-15. The famous Canadian Snowbirds are performing along with the USAF Thunderbirds, CAF Skyhawks parachute team and of course, rare and exciting performers including war birds and civilian aircraft along with static displays.
  41. Go fishing.
  42. Ride a horse at Matsqui stables. Choose from trail rides, pony rides and horse riding lessons for the summer.
  43. Go for a swim at Cultus Lake.  Rent paddle boats or a canoe at Main Beach.
  44. Pick berries at a local farm like Maan Farm.
  45. If your kids are being a bit overdramatic, pack them off to Gallery 7 for drama camp.
  46. For the younger ones, a day at the park for Parachute Play in Chilliwack will be wonderful.
  47. The Chilliwack Exhibition takes place August 6-8.
  48. Go see a play. There is a new company of actors in Chilliwack, Secondary Characters, and they are putting on a production of Little Women in August.
  49. Hold a hula hooping contest.
  50. Play tag at the park.
  51. Go on a geo-caching expedition.

Contributor: Sarah Bessey

Sarah Bessey is a marketer, writer and blogger. She lives in Abbotsford for her husband and two children. Twitter: @emergingmummy

7 Responses to “51 Family Fun Things to do in the Fraser Valley This Summer”

  1. Go exploring on the river with Fraser River Safari and beat the heat!

  2. Don’t forget Party in the Park in Chilliwack Central Park every Friday night from 5-10pm in July & August! Outdoor concerts featuring amazing local musical talent, Huge Kids Zone with lots of things for little ones to do including our face painting booth with 5 or more artistic face painters! There’s also a Night Market & tons of food vendors to :) See you there!!

  3. Julie says:

    Thanks for the great list of family activities! I’m always looking for stuff to do that’s close to home.

  4. Rachel says:

    Pick berries at a no-spray blueberry farm! Beckmann Farms in mission … we just picked 12lbs today! :) (11424 Farms Rd Mission)

  5. Tiffany says:

    Hi How You Doin,

    Don’t forget about Sesame Street Live that is coming to the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre Aug 12th-14th! Through the dazzle of this full-blown Broadway-quality show, the production will teach children lessons in healthy habits that they can use long after the show ends. Adults will appreciate the universal appeal of Sesame Street Live, the high-tech stagecraft and cleverly written scripts.

    Interested in receiving a discount? For the chance to receive $3 off each ticket contact Jillian Kurtz at jkurtz@abbotsfordcentre.ca or 604 743-5030.

  6. Glenn says:

    Hello I would like to share with you and our community about our home based business hosting children’s birthday partys. We also have RC rentals and OPEN TRACK time every week as well. Our website is http://WWW.CHARGERC.CA for all the info on what we can do for you. Could we please make it on your list of fabulous things to do and make us number 52??

    Thank you so much for your time

  7. Andrew says:

    Why not try out LEGO and Robotics camp or how about building a video game? Gateways Learning specializes in TECH, MEDIA and ARTS programs.

    Please visit; http://www.gatewayslearning.com to find out more!

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