September 2020 update
As a result of COVID-19, Kidsworld will not be continuing this year. Hopefully it will return in the future.
Before I started my blog, I could only spread the word about Kidsworld through word-of-mouth. But now I have a blog and multiple social media accounts—so it’s time for a full review!
What we love about Kidsworld
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We LOVE @kidsworldvancouver! For anyone living in the Vancouver area, this is hands-down the most affordable way to see and do amazing things all summer! For a mere $60 (per child—one accompanying adult is included) you get to take part in a new event or activity every single day! Note: I'm not affiliated with Kidsworld in any way, but we've been in the program for years and keep coming back. We love it, and Brian—who runs it—that much! We spent yesterday with my sister and her kids at @cultuslakeadventurepark and it was SO MUCH FUN. Ride passes are normally $29/person (over 48") but we got to do it all for FREE thanks to Kidsworld! Nestled into forests and mountains, this is the prettiest amusement park we've ever been to. The rides are fun, and the entire park is GORGEOUS and so well-maintained. We've been to some of the best theme parks in the world, but I was still so impressed with the quality of the theming here. It's worth a visit just to come here and soak in the atmosphere! It's not too late to buy your Kidsworld passes! You can still purchase them at kidsworldprogram.com 😊 #kidsworld #kidsworldvancouver #summerfun #summer2019 #vancouverbc #chilliwackbc #chilliwack
Kidsworld is an amazing program that makes it easy and affordable for our family to get out and have fun together. If you live in the Vancouver area, you have to check it out!
My sister and I have four kids between us (aged 7, 10, 11, and 14*) and they all love Kidsworld. This is our third year in the program, and we still get so much value out of our passes. Every year, there are new events and activities, and plenty of old favourites to return to.
We’ve already had countless one-of-a-kind experiences with Kidsworld… and the memories just keep building!
*Kid 1 is officially too old for Kidsworld, but the age limits (4–13) are flexible. Unless specifically stated, most events can accommodate kids who are a little younger or older.
How does Kidsworld work?
- Each Kidsworld pass gives one child and one accompanying adult free access to the Kidsworld events.
- The adult can be anyone (a parent, grandparent, friend, caregiver) and can be a different person each time.
- All you need to do is show up during the hours listed on the Kidsworld schedule and present your card(s).
- Some events have age, space, or time limitations and are reservation-only. That means you need to log into the Kidsworld site to reserve spot(s) in advance.
- Kidsworld passes also give you discounts on a variety of family-friendly events and attractions
What types of passes does Kidsworld offer?
There are two main types of Kidsworld passes: Summer and 44.
Kidsworld Summer Passes
- Summer passes are valid through July and August.
- You can choose a yellow or green summer pass.
- The yellow pass is aimed slightly more towards families in Vancouver, Burnaby, and the North Shore.
- The green pass is aimed slightly more towards families in Surrey and Richmond.
- Generally, there’s one Kidsworld Summer event each summer day (though some days have none and others include two).
Kidsworld 44 Passes
- 44 passes are valid for the 44 weeks of the school year from September to June.
- Generally, there’s one Kidsworld 44 event each weekend.
How much does Kidsworld cost?
Each pass costs $60 + GST (as of July 2019). Typically, we make the money back on our passes after just two or three events! This summer alone, we’ll receive all these admissions for free:
- Cultus Lake Adventure Park: $29 x 3 = $87
- Eagle Acres Dairy Farm tour: $9 x 3 = $27
- Canadian Museum of Flight: $25
- Project Climbing: $16 x 2 = $32
- Reifel Bird Sanctuary: $5 + $3 x 2 = $11
- Krause Berry Farms Fresh Family Fun Field: $2.50 + $5 x 2 = $12.50
- Taves Family Farm Applebarn: $7.50 + $10.95 x 2 = $29.40
- Birdies and Buckets driving range: $10 x 2 = $20
- Grandview Lanes bowling: $5.99 x 3 = $17.97
- TOTAL: $261.87
After subtracting the $120 we paid for two passes, we’ll receive $141.87 in added value for free! Additionally, if we’d attended all of the events, that’d be another $150 or more in value!
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Yet another fun and unique @kidsworldvancouver event! The boys and their cousins had a blast @pccloverdale, aka Project Climbing Cloverdale. The staff were so great with all the kids, and the space was clean, bright and nicely laid-out. Such a great time! We'll be sure to drop in again when we're in the area. Thanks Project Climbing! #climbing #bouldering #projectclimbing #projectclimbingcloverdale #kidsworld #kidsworldvancouver #familyfunvancouver #familyfun #summerfun
And there’s more!
There are many Kidsworld events that are no-charge, but only accessible through the program. Some of these include behind-the-scenes tours, special presentations, and trial classes for kids’ activities.
Even more: Kidsworld memberships give you access to a variety of discounts and freebies (see the next section for more info).
What discounts does Kidsworld offer?
Some current and past discounts and freebies from Kidsworld include:
- Vancouver Canucks tickets.
- Whitecaps tickets.
- Movie sneak previews.
- PNE admission.
- Abbotsford Airshow admission.
- Anvil Island and Keats summer camps.
Is Kidsworld worth it?
Even if you only make it to a couple of events, you’ll have paid for your passes… but it’s not hard to get a lot more value than that!
We usually make it to about a third of the Kidsworld events—which means we more than double the value of our passes. If we went to every event, we could triple or quadruple our value. Further, if we used a few of the discounts, that could easily add up to 5 or 6x the value!
So I’d say YES, Kidsworld passes are worth it!
Additionally, Kidsworld passes are ‘worth it’ in the sense that these family experiences are priceless. I can’t imagine a better way to spend our summers and weekends with our kids. Kidsworld has made family fun so magical and memorable for us.
Can you list some favourite Kidsworld events?
It’s hard to play favourites—we’ve enjoyed every Kidsworld event we’ve ever been to! Here are some that really stand out:
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It was yet another fun event from @kidsworldvancouver today! We visited @eagleacresdairy and had such an amazing time. The kids—even 14YO Kid 1—loved visiting the cute and funny farm animals (including the adorable dogs Sophie and Squishy, who happily soaked up all the cuddles and scratches they could get!) It's clear this farm is a labor of love. The animals are happy and well cared-for and the staff are likewise happy and so welcoming. Thank you for such a fun and educational experience! #circlefarmtour #langley #eagleacresdairy #kidsworldvancouver #summerfun #vancouverfun #familyfunvancouver
- Paddling a Dragon Boat on False Creek with Gift of Life.
- Going on a flying trapeze at Westcoast Flying Trapeze.
- Touring Rogers Arena.
- Touring the CBC studios in downtown Vancouver.
- Going behind-the-scenes at YVR.
- Bouncing on the trampolines at (the now-closed) SkyZone.
- Bouncing, climbing, and tumbling at Apex Adventureplex.
- Visiting the goats and baby chicks at Goats Pride Dairy Farm.
- Playing with Squishy and Sophie the farm dogs at Eagle Acres Dairy Farm.
- Oohing and ahhing at the LEGO creations at BrickCan.
- Playing mini golf and arcade games at Castle Fun Park.
I could go on and on! We’ve seen and done so much thanks to Kidsworld. I really can’t say enough about how awesome these passes are!
Note: Some of the events listed above are from previous years and may not be part of the current Kidsworld program.
I’m sold! How do I buy a pass?
Visit the Kidsworld site for all the details. It’s a quick, easy process to order and receive your passes. Kidsworld Summer 2019 passes are still available and Kidsworld 44 passes for the school year are already being sold.
Each pass is $60 plus GST, but if you purchase both together, you’ll save $5.
A special mention
Before I finish my review, I have to give a shout-out to Brian Dean, the director of Kidsworld. In short: we love Brian. He’s what makes Kidsworld run, and he’s amazing at it.
Brian works tirelessly to make this program incredible, and we can’t thank and commend him enough for all his effort. (He’s also a super-nice and friendly guy; always ready with a smile and endless patience.)
You’re the best Brian!
My final thoughts
If you have a kid (or several) join Kidsworld now. I promise you it’s worth every penny! After one or two events, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll be raving about it to everyone you know.
Let me know if you end up becoming a Kidsworld member! I’d love to know what you think and what your family enjoyed the most.
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