We are really trying to be intentional with our weekends, and not let them "just happen" to us. A little planning ahead is something we are working on.
This BC Day long weekend, we travelled down to Langley where we did the following:
Stayed at the Sandman Signature Hotel. Highly recommend if you want an inexpensive hotel experience. It is a good 45 minutes or so from downtown Vancouver so not someplace we would stay at if our activities were in the city, but good for stuff in the outskirts. The hotel is new and their pool isn't ready yet so they gave us free passes over to the Walnut Grove Community Centre Pool which was great.
On Saturday we went to Metrotown and hit the Children's Place and Sportchek. We picked up two pairs of pants (leggings and jeggings) for Sophie and 3 tops. Fynn got 1 pair of pants and 2 tops. We headed over to Sportchek where they each got a new pair of "outdoor" shoes for school. After that we headed down to New Westminister to check out a bike shop for Vic and then walked along the New West Quay. We also saw the World's Tallest Tin Soldier, which was fun.
Around 5pm we picked up Vic's mom and we went to the Olive Garden in Langley. It is the only Olive Garden in BC and it was busy! After dinner we went over to Vic's brother's house for a short visit.
On Sunday we explored the Burnaby Heritage Museum/Park for a good 3 hours. Lots to see and do there. The Burnaby area has some great history and the park is really well done. The kids loved the vintage carousel. It was a warm and humid day, so we needed a break from the heat. We drove over to Brentwood Mall. It is definitely the cheaper cousin to Metrotown. Fortunately they had a Payless Shoes and we got the kids their "indoor" shoes there for school. To top of the evening and weekend, we took the kids to this movie that was playing near our hotel. In spite of the heavy traffic on a busy long weekend, we have some good memories to share.