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Planning doesn’t have to be all work and no play!

There are tons of fun things to do that can also help you learn about cities or just get out and experience them! Some of these activities are from the city and our partners, while some are resources from other communities. Do you have an activity to share? Email us at stina.hanson@vancouver.ca.

Now let the fun begin!

Neighbourhood Scavenger Hunt

How well do you know your neighbourhood? Make your next walk a bit more exciting by taking a closer look at the things in your neighbourhood. Use these or make your own!:

Vancouver Public Library

VPL launched a number of kid-friendly activities, like digital storytime (mark your calendars for Saturday morning livestreams) and digital reading lists. Young Planners, check out some of these city-themed stories:

  • “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty
  • “Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighbourhood” by Isabel Campoy
  • “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Pena
  • “Islandborn” by Junot Diaz and Leo Espinosa
  • “My Heart Fills with Happiness” by Monique Gray Smith

Draw with Adobe Create

Drawing is a key part of your personal toolbox as a Young Planner and Adobe Create has a ton of resources available to help you out:

Have a Watch Party

There are lots of city-themed movies out there, from blockbusters to independent short films; think about how these films present existing cities or even create new ones:

  • National Film Board  educational films on topics like diversity and inclusion, reconciliation and the environment
  • Netflix favourites – Black Panther, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Urbanized, Wall-E

Sidewalk Takeover

Our public spaces (like streets and sidewalks) belong to everyone, especially our Young Planners!

Do you have a sidewalk near your home? Could you safely turn it into a game, like hop-scotch with chalk? Or a curvy path for people to follow? Or maybe you could proclaim your sidewalk as part of the Ministry of Silly Walks (Look it up if you don’t know that Ministry!).

Some Vancouver sidewalks are already Silly Walk Zones – see if you can find them! Or what about some Instagram prompts to make people strike a pose? See if you can make your sidewalk more fun for those walking by!

Build it!

Collaboration is also a key part of planning: for these activities, find a builder buddy to lend a hand. Want to build but need some help? Let us know! Email stina.hanson@vancouver.ca  and we’ll help you find a buddy. 

Check out these cool things you can build (and think about how these things could be added to Vancouver to make the city better):