A kaleidoscopic mini shopping mall for under-10s (there's even a special child-size entrance door), the Kids Market is crammed with 25 family-friendly stores, mostly of the toy variety. If your child's interests extend beyond Lego, there are top-quality kites, books, puppets and educational wooden toys to consider here. Cool the sprogs down at the popular Granville Island Water Park out back.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Vancouver attractions

1. Railspur Alley


Seemingly far from the madding crowds of the Public Market – at least on summer days when every tourist in town seems to be there – this back-alley strip…

2. Totem Pole

0.14 MILES

Almost hidden in a quiet corner of Granville Island, this 17m-high pole was erected in 1999 and was carved via the joint efforts of more than 800 people…

3. Granville Island Public Market

0.15 MILES

Granville Island's highlight is the covered Public Market, a multisensory smorgasbord of fish, cheese, fruit, teas and bakery treats (near-legendary Lee's…

4. Burrard Bridge

0.33 MILES

Lions Gate Bridge gets all the kudos and much of the postcard space, but that's arguably due to being bookended by Stanley Park and the looming mountains…

5. Arbutus Greenway

0.45 MILES

A former disused urban rail line that's being transformed by the city into a cool linear park, this 8.5km-long flora-fringed walking and cycling route is…

6. Vanier Park

0.49 MILES

Winding around Kitsilano Point toward Kits Beach, waterfront Vanier Park is more a host than a destination. Home to three museums, it's also the venue for…

7. David Lam Park

0.53 MILES

A crooked elbow of landscaped waterfront at the neck of False Creek, Yaletown's main green space is sometimes used for free alfresco summer movie…

8. HR MacMillan Space Centre

0.55 MILES

Focusing on the wonderful world of space, admission to this kid-favorite museum includes a gallery of hands-on exhibits (don't miss the Mars section where…