A list of family friendly THINGS TO DO and PLACES TO GO in our community of New Westminster, BC!
Looking for a fun activity with your little ones? Take the Q to Q Ferry that runs between New West Quay and Queensborough! This short, fun trip has a great destination on either side: New West Quay on one side and Port Royal park on the other. Bathrooms can be found at both locations for an easy day out! ?? See http://www.newwestcity.ca/qtoq for current schedule.
COST (one way)
Full Fare (19-64yrs) $2.00
Concession (65+yrs, 6-18yrs, People with disabilities) $1.00
Children 0-5yrs FREE
*Options to purchase punch card or monthly pass available*
Exact cash or debit/credit cards (tap) on the vessel or online.
COVID-19 protocols are in place to ensure the safety of passengers and crew including: mandatory masks, limited to 6 passengers and 2 crew per crossing, reduced service hours, and exact cash or tap only.
Fraser River Discovery Centre
Head down to the @thefrdc Fraser River Discovery Centre to learn about one of our greatest outdoor features, the Fraser River! A great place to go with young kids with plenty of interactive stuff while still feeling covid-19 safe. If you are looking to fill up an afternoon, take in a stroll along the river while you are there and stop by @rivermrkt !
Here is what you need to know if you are heading down to the FRDC:
>Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm
>Limited parking due to construction. Parking is paid. Consider taking the bus, closest Bus stop #52336 Bus No 103
>Prices: Adults $6 Children 3-12 yrs $3 Children 0-2yrs FREE Family Deals & Annual Passes available. Find more details http://www.fraserriverdiscovery.org
Nature Trails in New West
Research shows time spent in nature: reduces stress, reduces anxiety, improves mood, increases energy & concentration, lowers cortisol, pulse rate & blood pressure. Download our printable booklet of Nature Trails in New West and start exploring your city!
Playgrounds in New West
We have 22 wonderful playgrounds to choose from in our city! (Map coming soon!) https://www.newwestcity.ca/parks-and-recreation/parks/amenities#playgrounds
New West Public Library
Check out some books and reserve from our collection of toys at the library! http://newwestfamilies.lend-engine-app.com
Registered Drop In Activities (New West Parks & Recreation)
The city of New Westminster has a variety of registered drop in activities to participate in with your little ones. https://www.newwestcity.ca/parks-and-recreation/recreation/drop-in-schedules See pages 11 & 14 of the Summer Active Living Guide (download below) for programs with young children such as Motoring Munchkins, Chat & Play and Parent & Tot Play.
Olga’s Fairy Houses in Moody Park
Every Friday we build a new tiny fairy house for your kids to find in Moody Park. See our programs page for a map. http://www.newwestfamilies.ca/our-programs Please leave the homes where they are for others to enjoy and consider adding your child’s own creation to our collection. #fridaysfairyhouse
The summer market can be found in Tipperary Park, New Westminster (next to New West City Hall) every Thursday, from 3pm-7pm, from April 1st to November 4th, 2021. During the 2021 season 3:00-3:15 is reserved as priority entrance time for seniors, those with disabilities, and those with small children. During COVID-19 we are operating with one entrance at Queens Ave and one exit (by City Hall). https://newwestfarmers.ca/about/
Burnaby Village Museum & Deer Lake
Although not in our city, very close by is a great day out destination for the whole family! Head to Deer Lake for some great trails to explore and check out the Burnaby Village Museum while you are there. Go back in time at the 10 acre replica 1920’s village that you can explore at your own pace! Admission is free but you must pre-register online at www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca Open May 1 to September 6. Tuesday-Sunday & Holidays 11am-4:30pm Have extra time to spare? You can even rent boats at the lake (open seasonally) www.deerlakeboatrentals.com