For the next two weeks, kids around the Lower Mainland are catching up on their sleep and favourite cartoons. That’s right, it’s officially spring break and you’re probably struggling to find activities to keep them off the couch and entertained.
Here at YVR, we have several activities that beat the boredom and are easily accessed via the Canada Line. Budget friendly tip: If you’re travelling via the Canada Line, be sure to purchase a pack of fare-savers, available at 7-11 in the Domestic Terminal, Level 1, to avoid paying the Translink AddFare.
The free Public Observation Area, located on Level 4 of the Domestic Terminal, gives a panoramic view of the airport’s aprons and taxiways. The space features free telescopes, information panels, interactive videos and a 3D map of YVR’s Sea Island home. Kids can spend hours wandering the space, learning about the airport and using their imagination, while you relax with free WiFi, coffee and a pastry purchased from the food court conveniently located below.
Once you’ve explored the Observation Area, check out YVR’s expansive collection of art. Download a self-guided art tour from our website and follow it through the Domestic and International Terminals to learn about our impressive works of art and architecture.
If you get hungry along the way, YVR offers several kid-friendly meal options, including:
- White Spot, Domestic Terminal, Level 3
- A&W, Domestic Terminal Food Court, Level 3
- Jugo Juice, Domestic Terminal Food Court, Level 3
- Flying Wedge Pizza, International Terminal Food Court, Level 3
- Hanami, International Terminal, Level 3
If it’s a sunny day and you’ve got an aviation enthusiast on your hands, you’ll want to visit our new Outdoor Viewing Platform, located in the parking lot adjacent to the South Terminal Building. This platform provides a firsthand look at aircraft taking off or landing, as well as YVR’s new Ground Run-Up Enclosure.
Plane Spotting 101: The trick to plane spotting is noticing the key attributes of an aircraft. Take note of the size, number (often located on or near the tail), airline, wing shape and position of the engines. Bring a camera, pen and paper to record what you find and once you’re home, look them up online to learn more about the aircraft!
Two aircraft that are common sights at the South Terminal are the Beechcraft 1900 and Short 360. Learn how to spot these two aircraft in advance and hunt for them on the aprons and runways at YVR.
On Sea Island
If you’ve already spent a day YVR and are still looking for activities to do, check out this month’s YVR Air Mail article on Sea Island Parks and learn about the great outdoor spaces on the island. There are several options, many of which you probably didn’t know existed, making Sea Island the ideal place to kick a ball, throw a Frisbee, take the dog for a swim or ride your bike.