We needed something to do, we had all been stuck at home for a few days and were wanting some sort of adventure. Our oldest always points out the skytrain when she sees it, and once Daddy suggested we go ride on the skytrain that was that. We were going on a public transit adventure!
I am so thankful that my husband is public transit savvy thanks to taking transit for years to and from work, I however do not know so much about it. Jason decided that we would ride the skytrain to almost the end of the line, where we would then ride the seabus over to Lonsdale Quay Market for some lunch, then back again and head home.
After purchasing DayPass tickets for just under $10 each, we waited for the skytrain to arrive. This whole time we had Addie with us in the stroller, and we learned quickly that accessibility really needs to be looked into, and updated! We started at one of the earlier skytrain stops in hopes of getting a seat in the front of the train so that Evie could look out and see everything there. Sadly this seat was taken, but we were able to get a window seat for her and she was very happy to get to look out that window. We also did this so that we would have an easier time getting on with the stroller.
When we were almost to Lonsdale Quay Market Evie was offered the seat in the front of the train. The view here is so much fun for kids because it feels like they are steering the train. Evie pointed out different places she recognized that we had visited, seeing the smile on her face was the highlight of the trip for me.
We arrived to the terminal for the seabus with 10minutes to wait, which was perfect for a bathroom run before boarding. This trip really was all about taking in the sights, so we made sure to get a seat near the big windows at the front of the seabus so Evie could look out. Our youngest was happy to get out of the stroller at this point, and she people watched the whole ride over the the market.
The first thing Evie noticed at the market were the bubbles floating through the air. There is a little toy store that has a bubble machine set up outside, and any kids that are there start chasing and popping the bubbles. At this point it was lunch time, and we were all hungry. Addie had thankfully fallen asleep so we were able to walk around the international food court and figure out what we wanted to enjoy for lunch. I’d heard from friends that Cilantro & Jalapeno Mexican Food was great, and that sold Jason; he had a chimichunga, and I shared a chicken quesadilla with Evie. As you can see in the photo, the portions are huge. We probably could have just shared one menu item between the three of us!
Soon it was time to head back home, which meant doing out whole adventure in reverse. As the seabus was pulling in Evie spotted a seal swimming in the water out in front.
It was such a simple trip, if you are thinking of doing something like this I’d strongly recommend going first thing on a Saturday or Sunday morning. You do not want to get stuck on transit during rush hour, or if there is a concert or sporting event. It would be incredibly busy. This is a great way to show kids other options for transportation, and discover what is in your city. Don’t be afraid to take your kids on public transit. Make it a learning experience, and family day out.