It’s all over the news these days. The weatherman has predicted a scorching summer for the Greater Vancouver area. It’s expected the current comfortable temperatures will transition to a warmer and drier than usual pattern late in the spring with a hot and dry summer, perhaps even shattering some heat records.
Don’t despair though. You’re living in the right place to relax and take advantage of some of the excellent leisure activities that will help you and the family cool off.
Remember to be careful to make sure that the kids not only apply sunscreen but also drink enough water. I know it is tempting to let kids stay inside in the air-conditioning and play their video games or watch TV, but there’s no such thing in BC as an endless summer! Get out and have fun, even if it is hot! The exercise your family gets outside is unlike anything you can inside the house, and they will sleep like angels at the end of the day.
Langley is home to 5 pools and 8 spray parks that are at the ready to keep you and your family fresh, even in the summer sunshine!
Walnut Grove: Next to Walnut Grove Secondary, Walnut Grove Community Centre is the perfect place to dip inside and enjoy all of the recreational amenities one might need. From their big 300-foot water slide to their 5-metre dive tower, Walnut Grove has the best of both worlds.
Murrayville: W.C. Blair pool is a great place to escape the heat if you the temperature outside is just too much for you. The full Rec Centre offers many other amenities as well, such as a gym facing the pool so parents can work out while still keeping an eye on your kids!
Outdoor pools are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and have the kids cool down with a quick splash and play. Hunt down a lovely shade tree, stake your spot and bring a picnic dinner and you’re able to relax.
Al Anderson – Tucked away in the forest of Langley’s City Park, this exceptional outdoor pool is the place to be on a hot summer day. The surrounding park offers a great picnic area and even a small splash park for the kids.
Aldergrove Outdoor Pool– Located in Phillip Jackman Park lies this tremendous outdoor pool. With a new coat of paint, this outdoor pool is a perfect spot to take a dip! Open 7 days a week until Labour Day, you will be able to swim until your heart’s content. Make sure to bring a picnic and check out Phillip Jackman Park too.
Fort Langley Outdoor Pool – When it reopens this month (on June 20th), the Fort Langley Pool will be a great place to cool off after walking around beautiful Fort Langley. There is always an evening public swim along with day public swims on the weekends and also weekdays once school gets out for the kids.
Remember those days when dad would set up the sprinkler, and it became an instant water park? (Then again, there were no water parks in the good old days!) Take advantage of the fun available at the local water parks in Langley. They are a great way to rediscover your inner child and jump around with the kids, cool off and have a little fun in the process.
You’ll find them in:
Brookswood – Just off 200th Street in Brookswood Park is a small splash park that may not be as busy as some of the bigger ones. The surrounding trees of the park offer plenty of shade which is great for picnics. There are also convenience stores and shops located just across the street for all the summer essentials one may need (i.e. *Slurpees*).
Douglas Park – Located downtown in the City of Langley, Douglas Park is a little slice of heaven on a hot summer’s day. With lush green space for picnics and a playground for the kids, Douglas Park is a great place to spend a day. The splash park there provides an excellent opportunity to cool off and have a little fun in the process. It runs all summer so be sure to get out there and check it out!
Murrayville Outdoor Activity Park– Located a stone’s throw from W.C. Blair Recreation Centre, the spray park at Murrayville Outdoor Park is a hidden treasure. Get your heartbeat up on the outdoor volleyball courts, climbing wall, or skateboard park and then cool off in the spray park. It’s a great way to enjoy a warm summer day!
Philip Jackman Park– Discover this little gem of a spray park nestled close to Aldergrove Outdoor Pool at Philip Jackman Park, right in the heart of Aldergrove. Then drop-in to the pool for an extra splash of fun! There are regular Public Swim sessions, and you can easily enjoy both on a spare hot afternoon!
Walnut Grove Community Park– Set your spot up for the day on the grass banks along the “river” that flows down from this large spray park, where the kids will love floating their toy boats! Conveniently located near Walnut Grove High School, there are plenty of parking and sports fields to be enjoyed. Looking for a place to host a summer birthday or team wind up? Book the picnic shelter and use it as a home base while the kids enjoy all the amenities!
Willoughby Community Park – In the shadow of the LEC you will find an excellent water park that is great for keeping cool on a hot day. Whether you just played sports and need to cool off or the kids need something to do, this park is the perfect answer. This central location puts you within a 10-minute drive of both Walnut Grove and Downtown Langley which comes in handy when food must be found after a long day at the water park.
Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre
We’re saving the biggest for last. An exciting family year-long attraction — The Aldergrove Water Park — is expected to make a big splash, with waterslides, a lazy river, a 50-person hot tub and more!
The new Credit Union Community Centre is expected to open in June 2018 and will feature a six-lane pool, a lazy river feature, and even a wave pool complete with a giant movie screen for poolside movies.
MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT IN DOWNTOWN LANGLEY
It’s not all about splashing around though. This year, the McBurney Plaza Summer Series will include three afternoons, family-friendly events and 2 evening, adult only events.
For the music end entertainment lovers, the 2018 Festival Schedule at McBurney Plaza, the series of five events that run during the summer months in Downtown Langley is an opportunity to introduce the experience of live music to your children. All afternoon events are family friendly and free to attend. Enjoy everything from Canadian folk and country music to Celtic, and good old rock and roll.
The evening events are 19+, and require the purchase of tickets — however, the price is excellent at $15 a person and a great way to have an impromptu date night.
WE ALL SCREAM FOR ….. GELATO!!
Whatever your favorite gelato flavors are; (Mine is Cherry Mania or Chocolate Peanut Butter) you’ll get your cool and delicious cravings satisfied at Maria’s Gelato in Fort Langley. They’ve been in business for years, and know how to please their customers from toddlers and teens to the senior connoisseurs. The frozen yogurt craze has hit Langley as well so you’ll have to also try Peachwave, Menchies, or for more gelato, the Marble Slab, Daily Scoop Gelato, or go for it — a retro Blizzard at the ever popular DQ. Its okay. It’s summer — you’ll work off those extra calories on a slip-’n slide.
FILL YOUR PICNIC BASKET, BUY SOME WINE, MEET AN ALPACA
We’re fortunate to be living in one of the finest farms to table areas in North America. From fresh and succulent berries to award-winning wines, and local artisan cheesemakers, your journey through Langley’s diverse Circle Farm Tour will be a feast for your senses.
Take the kids or make it a relaxing date by experiencing sample classic grape vintages and award-winning fruit wines. Enjoy French cuisine, at Chaberton wineries Bistro, or fill your picnic basket with fresh pies, juicy berries, local cheese from Milner Valley and speciality turkey. Stroll through gardens, farm markets, take in an equestrian event, meet an alpaca and see where the Hudson’s Bay Company first farmed … you can even milk a cow! Explore the endless choices of the Langley Circle Farm Tour. Find out more, and create your own self-guided adventure at circlefarmtour.com/langley. It’s good for the kids to learn where their food comes from, and begin to respect the critical role that our local farmers and artisans play in our everyday meals and more.
LANGLEY FARMER’S MARKET — EVERY WEDNESDAY. Fill your basket and feed your soul at the Langley Community Farmers Market! The LCFM is pleased to welcome vendors and customers alike to participate in Langley’s tastiest outdoor market.
Throughout the Spring and Summer each Wednesday from 12:00pm – 4:30pm at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus you will find more than 40 vendors that “Make it, Bake it or Grow it” selling the very best this region has to offer.
So what do you do when it’s scorching hot outdoors, and you’ve run out of ideas to keep the kids cool? You get a little creative with what you have lying around so the kids can beat the heat!
A little planning can make that summer heat not just bearable — but fun! Even just running through a hose or sprinkler can be a fun, easy way to cool off. Consider adding a DIY Slip and Slide, a PVC Sprinkler tunnel, or having a water squirt gun battle, baseball with water balloons, or designing and building a pool noodle obstacle course that can turn your backyard into a real adventure!
The most important thing to remember is that in the summer months, children should be outside playing, running, jumping and swimming—not cooped up in the A/C. They just need their parents to remind them of the basic rules for staying safe outdoors. Enjoy the warm weather!