18 Rainy Day Activities for Kids in the Tri-Cities

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During the long rainy days on the west coast, it’s easy to feel cooped up and stir crazy when you are home with your children! This is our family’s list of rainy day activities for kids in the Tri-Cities – including Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Pitt Meadows – to help save your sanity! Here we go:

  1. Hollywood 3 Pitt Meadows
    There is no need to break your budget to go to a movie in the Tri-Cities. Affordable family movies and friendly service is what you’ll find at this Pitt Meadows cinema. Totally worth the drive to enjoy a selection of kid (and adult) movies. $4.75 per adult, $3.75 per kid.
    19190 Lougheed Hwy, Pitt Meadows; www.hollywood3.ca/listings/pitt-meadows
  2. Port Moody Station Museum
    Explore Port Moody’s 1908 CPR Station. Little ones love checking out the vintage train car! Fun, affordable and super low key! The most perfect of options for rainy day activities for kids!
    2734 Murray St., Port Moody; portmoodymuseum.org
  3. Kids Playzone at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Centre
    This Giant Indoor Playground includes: Ride on Cars and Toys, Bouncy Castles, a Sports Zone and a Toddler Territory. Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9 am – noon; April 11 – July 22, 2017. Affordable drop in fees.
    2150 Wilson Ave, Port Coquitlam; www.portcoquitlam.ca
  4. Ikea Smaland
    Literal lifesaver. Drop the kids off at the Ikea play area free for 1 hour (maximum) while you shop and then go for coffee or a super affordable lunch at the family friendly restaurant.
    1000 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam; ikea.com
  5. Jungle Jac’s Play Centre
    A brand new fabulous play centre in Port Coquitlam featuring playplace, trampolines, bumper cars and lazer tag. Watch for deals in your entertainment book and the mid-week deal from Monday to Thursday to make this into a less pricey option.
    589 Nicola Ave, Port Coquitlam; www.junglejacs.com
  6. Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex
    Enjoy this warm, kid-friendly aquatic centre with a great family change room. A great place for swim lessons.
    633 Poirier Street, Coquitlam; visit the website for more info.
  7. Lougheed Town Centre
    A visit to Lougheed Town Centre offers two play areas, one upstairs for toddlers and babes, and an impressive climbing structure for school age children downstairs just outside The Bay. Be sure to stop in at Coles Books to check out the fantastic children’s books section. New moms will love the free Zumba for Moms & Babies classes on Fridays at 10 am.
    9855 Austin Street, Burnaby; www.lougheedtowncentre.com
  8. Chapters Pinetree
    The Indigo Kids area at Chapters Pinetree is very engaging for kids, whether you are looking for a new chapter book or trying to find a birthday gift for a little friend. There’s so much to look at and experience, that it’s fun for all ages. Watch for their special holiday events with free crafts and activities for children.
    Unit 38 – 2991 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam; www.chapters.indigo.ca
  9. Crash Crawleys
    Welcome to the fun house for kids! Bring your ear plugs and be prepared to stay for hours while your kids hit the play area at Crash Crawleys. Check their website and your entertainment book for coupons and promotions.
    Unit 1 – 1300 Woolridge, Coquitlam; www.crash-crawlys.com
  10. Port Coquitlam Bowling
    You can’t beat the after school bowling special on Monday & Wednesday at PoCo Bowling which includes 2 games and shoes for $7 per kid. This is a super kid-friendly location and you’ll also want to check out the Friday night special that includes 1 hour of bowling for 6 bowlers as well as pizza and drinks.
    2263 McCallister Avenue, Port Coquitlam; www.pcbowl.shawbiz.ca
  11. StrongStart
    StrongStart is a free, drop-in early learning program for children aged 0-5 accompanied by a parent or caregiver. There are tons of schools in SD43 and SD42 that offer this program. It’s also a great way to meet other families with young children in your neighbourhood. Offered during the school year.
    Various locations; www.sd43.bc.ca, www.sd42.ca
  12. Fraser River Discovery Centre
    The Fraser River Discovery Centre is a quick drive down to New Westminster, so close to the Tri-Cities that I have to include it in our rainy day activities for kids list. Lots of hands-on interactive displays in the exhibits and close proximity to the New Westminster Quay makes this a great way to spend the day.
    788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster; www.fraserriverdiscovery.org
  13. Hyde Creek Recreation Centre – Port Coquitam
    Hyde Creek Recreation Centre hosts affordable drop-in childrens programs on Thursday and Friday mornings. There is also a completely renovated aquatics complex complete with a lap pool, leisure pool, river run, climbing wall, water slide, sauna, whirlpool, steam room, and bright roomy change rooms.
    1379 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam; www.portcoquitlam.ca
  14. Cineplex Family Favourites at Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam & VIP 
    On a rainy Saturday morning, head down to Cineplex Coquitlam to watch a family movie at 11 am for only $2.99. Upcoming showings include: HOP, ET, Sing, the Lego Movie and much more. A portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting Free The Children.
    170 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam; www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites
  15. Climb Base5 Climbing Gym
    If your child likes to climb, Climb Base5 is a great local climbing gym with belaying and bouldering options. Suitable for age 5 and up!
    98 Brigantine Drive, Coquitlam; www.climbbase5.com
  16. Club Aviva
    Drop in gymnastics is available at Club Aviva on Tuesdays & Thursdays during the school year for age 6 months to 9 years old. Special Education drop ins are also available on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays with a caregiver.
     98 Brigantine Drive, Coquitlam ; www.clubaviva.ca
  17. Port Moody Recreation Centre
    A variety of drop in programs for children and their families are available at the Port Moody Recreation Centre. Check out the family drop in for badminton on Saturdays, family drop in gym on Sundays, or the instructor-led after school gymnastics drop in on Fridays. They also host a pretty cool jungle gym for age 0-5. Days and times vary – just check the schedule.
    300 Ioco Rd, Port Moody; www.portmoody.ca
  18. City of Coquitlam Rec Centres
    From skating, to aquatics, to sports & active play, the City of Coquitlam offers many affordable drop in opportunities for families with children of all ages. Try the after school sports drop in on Fridays; a toonie skate on Thursdays; gym bugs or ball hockey on Sundays; or check the schedule for something else that works for your family!
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3 thoughts on “18 Rainy Day Activities for Kids in the Tri-Cities

  1. These are all fantastic! Can definitely say I’ve run into dreary days where the rain won’t quit and my toddler just wants to go out and play. Strong starts has been great for us, there’s even YMCA programs that do something similar too. Didn’t know about the Kids Play zone, that sounds fun!

    Port Moody also has Koko’s Activity Centre on St John’s, I’ve never gone but I’ve heard good things.

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