It’s hard to believe that spring break is just around the corner – especially with the recent snowfall that briefly turned Langley into a winter wonderland. While we are no longer frozen in the Fraser Valley and the chances of getting more fluffy white stuff is slim, there’s still plenty of fun and adventure during the two weeks the kiddies are out of school that doesn’t require a snowsuit.
Here’s a roundup of some fun-filled ‘screen-free’ spring break activities that are sure to keep boredom at bay.
Blast from the past
Fishing & Farming Fun at the Fort – March 15-30th
Did you know that farming and fishing were the main sources of staple foods at the Fort Langley National Historic Site? It’s true – here’s your chance to go back in time and learn more about the First Nation’s connection to the river and hear stories of the salmon and sturgeon. With blacksmithing and coopering demonstrations, bannock making, cow milking, rope making and more, your entire clan will have a blast rediscovering what life must have been like in the 1850’s here on the Pacific Coast.
Here’s what’s happening daily at the fort.
- 10:30a.m. – Sturgeon Story / Salmon Run Relay
- 11 a.m. – Coopering Demonstrations & farm products exportation
- 12 p.m. – Blacksmith Demonstrations
- 1 p.m. – Milking a Cow
- 2 p.m. – Sturgeon Story / Salmon Run Relay
- 3 p.m.-4 p.m. – Bannock
- 4 p.m. – Milking a Cow
Regular admission rates apply. Entry is free for season’s pass holders. Buy your season’s pass today and receive 20 per cent off the regular price for a limited time only! Click here for more information.
Let’s all go to the drive-in – Open Weekends
The kiddies won’t have to get up early for school for two whole weeks, so why not head on over to the Twilight Drive-In? Your whole family will love eating popcorn in their pajamas while watching ‘stars’ under the stars. The drive-in is located at 260 Street and Fraser Highway. For movie listings and times, click here.
Spring Break Camps
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! – March 24-28
Is your child curious about animals and the environment? Do they dream of one day working with lions, tigers and bears? If so, The Greater Vancouver Zoo has the spring break camp for them! The zoo is holding their Jr. Zoologist Spring Break Camps from March 24-28 for children seven years and up. These one-of-a-kind camps provide an opportunity for children who are passionate about animals to learn what zoo life is like. They’ll learn fun facts about many of the animals, including animals at risk like the Western Painted Turtles and Oregon Spotted Frogs. The cost per day is $50.25 (includes GST and Quarters for Conservation fee), or $251.25 per week (includes GST and Quarters for Conservation fee). A discount is available for Greater Vancouver Zoo members and registrations with multiple children. For more information, visit the zoo’s website.
Emerging Artists’ Day Camp March 17 -March 28
Do you have a pint-size Picasso in your family? If so, send them to the Langley Centennial Museum this spring break to explore their artistic side. Children ages six to 10 will have the opportunity to work with a different local artist and create their own work of art using different mediums. Afterwards, they can enjoy the rest of the day playing games and participating in other themed activities. For more information or to register for this program, call 604-532-3536. Camps run March 17 to 21 and March 24 to 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $165 for five days or one day for $33. For more information, click here. For more day camps offered by the Township of Langley, click here.
City of Langley Camps
Sign up your youngster up for Spring Break Day Camp with the City where a ton of fun abounds. From exciting games and crafts to sports, cooking, field trips and so much more, you’re sure to find a camp that’s the perfect fit. For more information, click here or call 604-514-2865.
The Great Outdoors
Take a Hike
With the colourful flowers beginning to bud and the sunshine finally making a grand appearance, head outdoors for a little alfresco adventure. Fortunately you don’t have to venture too far — Langley is home to some picture-perfect parks and trails.
If you’re in the mood for a little hike, head on over to the Fort-to-Fort Trail. This peaceful nature walk through an ethereal-looking forest is sure to put some spring in your step. Connecting Derby Reach Regional Park with Fort Langley, there are no shortage of spectacular sights to see, including the Fraser River, Bedford Landing, the old CN station and much more. Alternately, you could head the to Houston Trail to soak up the serene scenery or feed the dickey birds at Campbell Valley Regional Park. The latter is also a great spot for a family picnic!
With so much fun in bloom for spring break, you’ll find there’s something for everyone in your clan. In addition to having a total blast, there’s a good chance of discovering even more reasons to love Langley. What have you got to lose?