Written by KidApprovedBC 17/03/17
Cloverdale is perhaps best known for the annual Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair, which takes place every May Long Weekend. Don’t let that be the only reason for a visit to this charming community. Museums, restaurants, historical buildings and a world class flea market are all waiting to be pursued in a lazy family afternoon.
Kid Approved Itinerary
Visit on a Sunday to absorb the kaleidoscope of colour that is the weekly Cloverdale Market, a wonderful jumble of a flea and famer’s market. Prowl an eclectic range of goods from flowers, plants and produce to jewelry, handmade arts and crafts, clothing and collectibles. Start the day at the market to get the freshest produce and snag the best deals; the market opens at 6.ooam.
Then pop by Elena’s Country Kitchen, a quaint café long patronized by its loyal and local clientele for an all-day, diner style breakfast.
Head over to the recently renovated Clover Lanes. Bowl away the afternoon with traditional 5-pin (with bumpers to keep the little bowlers from losing their cool!). Or check out the Surrey Museum with the hands-on Kids’ Gallery, designed for tactile play and exploration. For the creative kid, drop in to the Create It Emporium for paint-your-own-pottery, or a beginner’s class in glass fusion.
Drop by Into Chocolate Candy and Confections for a vintage soda, hot chocolate and homemade fudge. And stock up on all the classic favourites to take home.
Finally, wrap up with dinner at the cozy and rustic Hawthorne Beer Market. Pizza lovers shouldn’t miss “The Dude”, an homage to the rodeo cowboys with spicy local pepperoni and capicola. Wash it down with a local pint from their vast selection of craft beer. Or try their sister restaurant, the Vault. Enjoy the retro ‘50s glam vibe and a menu full of west coast favs. Both offer kid’s menus, high chairs and change tables.
Step back in time to the quaint main street and absorb the historic ambience of the many heritage sites. Connect as a family with fun-for-all-ages activities and attractions.