Best Free Activities For Kids in Maple Ridge

Children playing with rocks on beach at Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Park during family photo session with photographer Meliza Orellana Photography

Looking for fun things to do with kids in Maple Ridge?

If you live in the Tri-Cities, Maple Ridge is the perfect spot with some great (and educational!) activities for your little one(s). Whether you're looking for something to do on a rainy day, or to switch up the monotony of going for a walk at one of the local dykes - here are some ideas that'll surely keep your baby happy!

Stock your diaper bag, strap your infant into a stroller or carrier, and try these things to do with your littles:

1. Story time at the Library

Head to the Maple Ridge Public Library on Monday mornings (it’s not every Monday.. so double check the calendar!) for an awesome story time with one of their dynamic and fun librarians. They include puppets, sounds (like a bell or a tambourine) and are a sure way to get your infant engaged in ways you didn’t expect!

This is a fun way to meet other mamas with babies the same age as yours. I loved the sense of community it brought and it was especially great when you’re able to relate to people going through the same milestones as you. As an older mom, I found this especially helpful for my mental health. Many of my friends (even my brother) have kids who are older so they were way past diapers and teething. Meeting people who are on the same journey (at the same time!) made me feel less isolated and more a part of a community.

Check out the schedule of events at a library near you here: Library Schedule

2. Strong Start

StrongStart is a free program for parents with children aged infant to five years old. Awesome, right?! It’s offered through the different school districts and each program has it’s own hours and locations.

Parents and caregivers attending StrongStart participate with their children in organized sessions like story time and circle time. They will also be able to participate in free play, arts, early literacy, and information sharing, and will help choose and serve healthy snacks. They usually have goldfish and sliced apples - a hit with the kids!

You’re likely to discover new ways to support your children’s learning at home, and may even make valuable connections with others attending the centre. My kids (2.5 and 4 years old absolutely LOVE Strong Start!)

Here's a link to find out more about Strong Start in School District 42 (if you're not in the area, check out Strong Start in your district!): Strong Start Program Info

3. A Nature Experience

Golden Ears is a beautiful and expansive park that offers a wide range of activities for babies and kids of all ages! I love taking my kids to the nature trails where they can touch the moss growing on the trees, play in the streams along side the trails, climb on giant tree roots and of course - throw rocks in Alouette Lake. This park is a mature forest nursing a wide array of native plants and wildlife. Each Fall the South Alouette River welcomes large populations of spawning Pink and Chum salmon. That’s a fun activity for kids! Watching the salmon go up river is a wild and amazing experience for the whole family!

You can also stop at Maple Ridge Park (a playground) at the entrance to Golden Ears. Located along the sparkling South Alouette River at the corner of 232 Street and Fern Crescent, The Kinsmen spray park (next to the playground) is open to the public on a weather permitting, seasonal basis.

Here's a link to get more info about the facilities at Maple Ridge Park: Maple Ridge Park facilities

Want more fun activity ideas?

Want more fun activities and a weekly round up of the best ideas? Check out this Facebook page run by a local mama: Activities4Kids Facebook Page she currently has a post about a free lantern making workshop at the Maple Ridge Leisure centre on October, 15th, 2022. Here's a link for direct access!