15 Kid-Friendly Abbotsford Activities We Loved

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I’ve been visiting Abbotsford, BC since I was five years old, when my grandparents bought a piece of land there and I watched them build their retirement house on it.

Now, I still visit regularly, but with little ones of my own. I am rediscovering the city as a parent, uncovering more and more fun things to do in Abbotsford with kids.

Abbotsford is only an hour’s drive from Vancouver. With kids, the city offers loads of parks and green spaces, yummy treats, playcentres, and an amusement park of its own.

Kid running down a hill on a farm in Abbotsford
Playing on the farm in Abbotsford

But where Abbotsford really shines is in its children’s agricultural experiences, from U-Picks and petting zoos to hay rides and cow-to-cone ice cream. There are also some incredible lakes, waterparks, and more within easy day tripping distance from Abbotsford.

In this article I’ll introduce our favorite things to do with toddlers or children in Abbotsford, spanning several visits we’ve made over the years from where we live in Edmonton, Alberta, as well as our favorite day trips from Abbotsford with our kids.

For even more ideas, you can see my non-kid-focused article covering even more of the best things to do in Abbotsford, which includes a map of where all these fun children’s activities are located, as well as more adult-focused activities like wineries and breweries.

Where to Stay in Abbotsford with Kids

While we always stay with my grandparents in Abbotsford, if we had to choose a hotel, we’d go for the Sandman Hotel Airport location (see on Booking / TripAdvisor / Agoda) for its pool, or the more conveniently located Sandman Hotel downtown (see on Booking / TripAdvisor / Agoda).

For other fun travels in Canada, read about our family trip to Jasper, family trip to Banff, family trip to Drumheller, camping in Dinosaur Provincial Park, kid-friendly activities in Edmonton, and staying in a space-themed hotel.

Top 10 Kid-Friendly Places to Visit in Abbotsford

The following places to visit and family-friendly activities are listed roughly in order of distance from the Abbotsford city centre.

Mill Lake Park

View of Mill Lake and a walking bridge over it
Walking trail around Mill Lake in the city centre

Mill Lake Park is Abbotsford’s best-known park. It lies at the centre of the city, a short drive west of the historic downtown area.

There are three main playgrounds at Mill Lake Park that we enjoy visiting. All three of them have large parking lots for easy access.

Kids playing in John Mahoney Playground, Mill Lake Park
John Mahoney Playground, Mill Lake Park

The first is John Mahoney Playground, on the east end of Mill Lake, near Trethewey House Heritage Site.

From this park, walking trails lead to the lake itself and a boardwalk that kids may enjoy stomping along. If your kids have the energy, the trail actually goes all the way around the lake.

A kid standing beside a little gnome house in Mill Lake Park, one of the best parks in Abbotsford for kids
Who lives in here?

A second playground is on the south side of the park, roughly at the middle of the lake. You’ll see the playground and parking lot when driving along Bevan Ave, or look for “Ranbir Driving School” on GoogleMaps. From the playground, you can also follow a walking path north to the lake, where there are picnic spots and viewing platforms.

A third playground is located beside Centennial Pool (see next entry) on the west side of the park. This playground is furthest from the lake. With a car, you can easily go “playground hopping” and visit all three of these playgrounds in one morning like we did.

Kids playing in Centennial Playground in Abbotsford
Centennial Playground

Centennial Pool & Spray Park

Children playing at Centennial Spray Park in Mill Lake Park, the best spray park in Abbotsford
Centennial Spray Park in Mill Lake Park

Centennial Pool is a small outdoor swimming pool on the west side of Mill Lake Park. There’s a rope swing, but besides that, there are no slides or other kid-specific facilities, so it would be better for older kids.

Right beside the pool is Abbotsford’s best spray park and a good playground. This spray park is our go-to place on a hot day in Abbotsford.

You need to walk down a few flights of stairs from the parking lot, but there is a stroller/wheelchair ramp as well.

Child playing in water at the Abbotsford Spray Park
Lavender getting wet at the spray park

Fishtrap Creek Park

Two kids standing on a dock looking at a pond in Fishtrap Creek Park Abbotsford

Another park worth visiting with kids in Abbotsford is Fishtrap Creek Park. What it stands out for its many walking trails and viewing platforms looking out over a variety of ponds created by Fishtrap Creek.

There’s tons of wildlife there, especially geese, ducks, and other birds.

Clayburn Village Candy Store

Kids looking at candy in Clayburn Village Candy Store
It’s never easy to choose…

Both my children and I loved this old-timey candy store set in a restored heritage building. It was once a general store in Clayburn Village, the first company village constructed in BC.

There are hundreds of different types of candy on offer in the store, many of which hark back to my childhood, or even that of my parents.

Besides all the nostalgic candies, they also have delicious house-made caramels, some baked items, drinks, and more. The shop is just a few minutes north of the Abbotsford city centre by car.

Containers of candy inside Clayburn Village Store
Hundreds of nostalgic candies to choose from

Castle Fun Park

Two kids in front of Castle Fun Park, an amusement park in Abbotsford
They are getting better at posing, but not at looking at the camera…

Castle Fun Park is a full fledged amusement park for kids, with a focus on hands-on activities rather than rides. You’ve probably seen it along the TransCanada (Highway 1) if you’ve ever driven through Abbotsford going to or from Vancouver.

There are both indoor and outdoor activities on offer, including but not limited to go karts, bumper cars, kids’ bowling, laser maze, mini golf, batting cages, and a large arcade. More activities are indoor than outdoor, so this place is a good choice on a rainy (or super hot) day.

A kid bowling at Castle Fun Park
Children’s bowling at Castle Fun Park

Rather than day passes or paid admission, you pay per game, so it doesn’t have to be an expensive visit (but can easily become so depending on how long you stay).

We visited when my kids were 4 and 6 and found the choices a little limited; we mostly stuck to the arcade. Thus I wouldn’t recommend Castle Fun Park for people with toddlers.

Ideally, this place would be great for kids aged around 7-12.

Children's arcade at Castle Fun Park

Play Abby

A kid playing in an indoor playcentre at Play Abby
Prince of the indoor jungle gym

Visitors to Abbotsford with toddlers or younger kids will get more of a kick out of Play Abby, the city’s premier indoor playcentre.

Our kids loved tearing around the huge jungle gym. There’s also a dedicated toddlers section and laser tag facility on site.

The playcentre was not crowded on a weekday, and the staff cleaned surfaces diligently while I was there.

Kid playing in the toddler area of Play Abby
Lavender testing out the toddler area

The entrance fee is for the whole day, but they are closed for lunch; you can come back in later with a stamp. The best part, though, is that they let you bring in any drinks or snacks you want.

I spent a whole morning working on my laptop and enjoying my coffee while my kids had a blast. As always, I had to drag them out when it was time to go.

Abbotsford Agrifair

Man and woman standing on stilts at the Abbotsford Agrifair
Performers at the Abbotsford Agrifair

Running annually since the 1960s, Abbotsford Agrifair is the event of the year in town. I have fond childhood memories of my Grandpa doing cream separator demonstrations for kids, and my grandparents were active in the event for many years.

Kids playing on a spinning ride at the Agrifair
Just a warning: this ride cost $3.75 per kid and lasted less than a minute.
Kid playing in bubbles at Agrifair
The kids couldn’t get enough of the foam pit…

The Agrifair is fun for the whole family. You can expect agricultural exhibits and demonstrations, old-time vehicles and tractors, local crafts, farm animal feeding, a midway with games & rides, all kinds of treats, a daily schedule of performances (think motorcycle jumping, demolition derbies, etc), concerts, drive-in movies, and fireworks.

Kid riding a dinosaur at Abbotsford Agrifair
Lavender couldn’t resist riding a triceratops

There was a dinosaur and Jurassic Park theme going on when we visited, and our kids happen to be massive dinosaur freaks.

Two kids standing in front of a Jurassic Park exhibit at Agrifair
Look what the dinosaurs did to the fair…

Normally there’s a small entrance fee, but when we last visited in 2021, it was a scaled-down event with free entrance (reservation still required). We even got goodie bags with toys and other freebies upon entry.

The event takes place on the long weekend at the beginning of August at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.

A child petting a goat at the Abbotsford Agrifair
Getting to know the goats at the Agrifair
Motorcycle flying through the air above a crowd of people at the Abbotsford Agrifair
Motorcycle jumping at the Agrifair

Abbotsford International Airshow

Airplanes flying in a formation in the sky at the Abbotsford International Airshow

Taking place a week or two after AgriFair, the Abbotsford International Airshow is the other event of the year in town. The airshow is considered one of the top-10 best in the world.

For this one, kids can look to the sky to see clusters of the world’s fastest aircraft painting patterns and doing flips.

The event lasts for three days and can be seen from all over town. But for the best view, you can reserve a space for your car right below all the action at the Abbotsford International Airport.

Maan Farms

Kid riding a tractor at Maan Farms, one of the best farms to visit with kids in Abbotsford

Maan Farms is one of the best kid-friendly leisure farms in Abbotsford. They have U-Pick berries, several playgrounds and climbing towers made out of farm equipment, farm animals, a zipline, huge bouncy balloon, and rabbits hopping around that you can almost (but not quite) touch; trust me, my kids tried for a long time!

Young kid running on a bouncy balloon at Maan Farms
Kids playing in a pile of tractor tires
Creative playground built of tractor tires; there were tunnels through the whole thing!

Maan Farms is also known for its delicious fruit wines, which you can sample in the store on site. The farm owners are of South Asian descent, so I’d also recommend picking up some of their delicious homemade samosas and chutneys to take away.

Kid on a farm with a black poofy chicken
Sage liked the poofy chickens
A smalll white bunny at Maan Farms
Cutest bunny on the farm
Children going down a slide at Maan Farms
Children in the playground at Maan Farms, one of the best places to visit in Abbotsford with kids

Birchwood Dairy Farm & EcoDairy

Hand holding a pink ice cream cone at Birchwood Dairy Farm in Abbotsford
Super creamy ice cream at Birchwood Dairy Farm

Nothing beats an ice cream made from fresh milk at a dairy farm. We loved ours at Birchwood Dairy Farm. They even have a “baby size” cone, but heads up that it really is meant for a baby; our kids (5 and 7 at the time) wouldn’t have it.

At Birchwood, you can also purchase a $1 bag of food to feed the farm animals. The farm also offers full tours.

A kid feeding a goat at Birchwood Dairy Farm Abby
These goats are definitely well fed.

We never made it to EcoDairy, but they are known for the educational experiences for kids and school groups, where kids can learn all about modern dairy farming. They also have (of course) ice cream and other dairy products available for puchase.

Kid licking two ice cream cones at the same time at Birchwood Dairy Farm
Lavender double fisting ice cream

Taves AppleBarn Pumpkin Farm

Hand holding an apple slushie with a sunflower behind it
Apple slushie at Taves Family Apple Farm

Another farm around Abbotsford offering a variety of children’s experiences is Taves Family Apple and Pumpkin Farm. Their peak time is later than others, so come around August or September when there are more activities on offer.

When we visited, there was a playground, bouncy balloon, sunflower maze, and more. For adults, the farm is also a cidery, and I highly recommend their regular bottled cider and the aged cider wine. You can sample all their products in the small tasting room on site.

There’s also non-alcoholic cider and apple slushies for the kids.

Playground for kids at Taves Apple Farm
Playground and bouncy balloon at Taves Apple Farm

Where to Eat with Kids in Abbotsford

Kid standing in front of baskets of berries in a fruit market in Abbotsford
One of many fresh fruit markets in Abbotsford

While we don’t usually do much eating out in Abbotsford (this is what happens when you stay with a Grandma who has the best cooking), we do usually manage to sneak out for some icy treats.

Ice cream cone with two kids in background
Homemade deliciousness at Banter Ice Cream

Banter Ice Cream has our favorite ice cream in town. It’s all homemade, with unique flavors like Earl Grey and Blueberry Basil (my personal fave). It’s right beside Jubilee park, which has a playground, and is the location of the Saturday morning Abbotsford Farm & Country Market.

Two kids eating an iced dessert at 2Scoops Abbotsford
Mango cheesecake bingsu at 2Scoops

Just around the corner from Banter, we also loved 2Scoops, a Japanese/Korean/Taiwanese dessert shop. Since our kids were born and raised in Taiwan (see my article on why Taiwan is awesome with kids), this was a little taste of home for us.

We split an extremely delicious mango cheesecake bingsu (Korean shaved ice), and my wife enjoyed a matcha bubble tea.

Seafood pasta at Bow & Stern, the best seafood restaurant in Abbotsford
Yes, we do eat more than just ice cream. Lavender devoured this seafood pasta.

One restaurant we did make it to on our last visit was Bow & Stern, the best seafood restaurant in town. There are of course kids meals on the menu, but that didn’t stop my daughter Lavender from devouring most of my wife’s adult-sized creamy seafood pasta.

If you’ve been to other kid-friendly restaurants in Abbotsford, please feel free to recommend them in the comments below!

Abbotsford Day Trips with Kids

Abbotsford is well situated for making a number of day trips in all directions, including Langley and Vancouver (the latter which I won’t even cover here because there’s just too much), Chilliwack to the east, mountains and lakes to the north, and the United States to the south.

The following are super easy day trips with kids that only involve an hour or less of driving each way.

Cultus Lake, Chilliwack

Kid sitting on the dock at Cultus Lake
Mentally prepping to catch some minnows

The most obvious place you should plan a day trip to with kids from Abbotsford is Cultus Lake, which is something of a family resort.

The lake itself if gorgeous, with the best public beach being at Cultus Lake Provincial Park on the southern shore. There’s a dock, swimming area, and in summer they hire out kayaks and paddle boards.

For families that love swimming, you can even going swimming in the Abbotsford town centre at Albert Dyck Lake, a human-made lake beside the Abbotsford International Airport.

Young girl standing on the beach with a goose on Cultus Lake Chilliwack
Lavender’s goose friend. It had an injured leg.

Kids may also enjoy running around the docks at Cultus Lake Marina on the eastern shore. There are also several campgrounds on the lake.

The other draw of Cultus lake is the twin amusement and waterpark, Cultus Lake Adventure Park and Cultus Lake Waterpark. We’re saving it for next time, once our kids are old enough to enjoy more of the rides and water slides.

Cultus Lake is located in Chilliwack, about 45 minutes east of Abbotsford city centre.

Rides at Cultus Lake Adventure Park
Cultus Lake Adventure Park
Water slides at Cultus Lake Waterpark
Cultus Lake Waterpark

Cascade Falls & Davis Lake

Girl running across suspension bridge at Cascade Falls
Lavender overcame her fear of suspension bridges here.

For families who like to get more off the beaten track and out into nature, I’d recommend this day trip into the mountains north of Abbotsford.

Girl standing in front of Cascade Falls north of Abbotsford

At Cascade Falls Regional Park, a 10-minute walk through original forest brings you to a beautiful waterfall with a suspension bridge to a viewing platform. The walk is slightly steep in parts but perfectly manageable with young kids or even toddlers.

Closer to the parking lot, there are a few picnic spots and access to wading pools in the creek.

Two kids climbing beside a tree with eyes in Cascade Falls Regional Park
Creepy tree with eyes in the forest at Cascade Falls

Continuing north to Davis Lake Provincial Park, you’re in for more of an adventure. The path to the lake is unmarked and is quite steep. Our kids managed it fine (actually, they loved it) at age 5 and 7, but my wife did have to slide on her butt a few times to get down.

Two kids sitting on a log at Davis Lake BC
Our family’s favorite lake

To find the path, wait until you’re adjacent to the lake on GoogleMaps, then watch for a bridge over a creek and small waterfall that you’ll drive over. It’s marked “Davis Lake Trailhead” on GoogleMaps, but there’s no reception there.

Park on the left immediately after the bridge (the road is wider at that spot for parking). A path follows the creek past a few more waterfalls to the lake shore.

Two kids hiking down a steep trail to Davis Lake
Hiking down to Davis Lake

The lake itself absolutely stunning; it is a true local gem that few visitors know about. Because people party there, though, there is some trash, and you have to watch out for broken glass on the beach.

Girl in silhouette with Davis Lake in the background
Where the trail reaches the lake

We’ve never gone further down the road, but if you do, there is a quad trail down to the lake that may be an easier way to walk down.

There is no sign for the lake or path. We had no phone reception there, either, but our GPS on GoogleMaps still kept up with where we were as we approached the lake.

Two kids playing in the sand on the beach at Davis Lake, an easy day trip from Abbotsford with kids
Playing in the sand

Fort Langley

Fort Langley National Historic Site indigenous artwork
Indigenous art at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Half an hour west of Abbotsford, Fort Langley is home to Fort Langley National Historic Site, a former fur trading post on the Fraser River. Come here for a day of educational fun with the kids, learning about local history.

Besides the historic site itself, the town of Fort Langley is charming and has some ice cream shops and other things to do with kids.

To round out your day, you could also head into Langley City south of Fort Langley, where the are plenty more things to do with kids, including Great Escape playcentre and Extreme Air Park (a trampoline park).

Greater Vancouver Zoo is also located in Aldergrove, between Langley and Abbotsford.

Well, that brings us to the end of this guide to visiting Abbotsford with children. I hope you’ve found more than enough ideas to make the best of your family visit to Abbotsford. Please let me know in the comments if I’ve missed anything fun!

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