We Vancouverites love our coastal rainforest. The forest, that is. The rain part, not so much.
But SavvyMoms know how to keep temperaments sunny, even when the weather isn’t. Here are a few tips that will help rainy days rock:
Give the darkest days a cheerful splash—and keep everyone safe—by investing in some bright raingear. Don’t forget that moms can benefit from some colour therapy, too. If you’ve got a hankering for pink rubber cowboy boots, ladies, take yourselves off to Gumdrops, a recently launched family rainwear store in Kits. You’ll find rainsuits for kids, umbrellas and even wet-weather gear for Fido. Puddles will be powerless against bright red ladybug boots or lemon yellow wellies.
- Watch a roaring river (from a safe distance) and remind the kids that B.C. gets its electricity from harnessing the power of water (click here for a quick refresher on hydroelectricity, courtesy of BC Hydro!)
- Get down and dirty. Get on the rain gear, haul out the summer’s beach toys and head for the puddliest part of the garden to make mud pies. Create a rain garden; make a fairy pool ringed with the prettiest rocks you can find.
- If the day’s all wet, maybe you should be, too. Meet up with friends at a leisure pool and spend the afternoon splish-splashing away. Two family favourites are Eileen Dailly Pool in Burnaby, and the West Vancouver Aquatic Centre, both of which have super water play areas for tiny tots.