Names: Nathan (3) and Austin (10 months)
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
Favorite Family-Friendly Place To See or Thing To Do Here: The Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown is a restored roundhouse with turn table that has been converted into a community center. It even has a pavilion with the fully restored Steam Engine 374, which was the first train to cross Canada to the west. Children are free to climb inside the cab and play with the boiler and ring the bell. This is the perfect activity for little train enthusiasts. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens are also beautiful and surprisingly family-friendly.
Best Tip for Traveling with Kids: Vancouver is not the most child-friendly city, as we discovered, so with two small children, we wish we had taken two single strollers instead of our wider double, which although fairly compact, did not fit through several doorways or narrower restaurants. We also discovered many restaurants did not have any high chairs, so a travel high chair would have been very useful and expanded our dining possibilities. Lots of snacks are also a must!
Favorite Way to Make it Feel Like Home: When traveling, I always bring my boys' favorite blankets from their beds. This makes the transition into hotel beds or cribs much easier. I also pack their favorite bedtime story books so that we are able to keep the bedtime routine as normal as possible.
An Item you MUST Take With You While Traveling: This sounds funny, but I really believe if you are traveling with young children you should always bring nested stacking cups. Not only are they a nice, compact toy but they also work great to hold snacks on the go and very helpful in the bathtub. I am always amazed at how many uses I can find for them.