Aug 23

Your Guide to Safe, Affordable and Organized Family Fun at The Fair: 10 Tips for the Organized Parent

1. Take advantage of us…

No seriously, we don’t mind! We offer a lot of savings throughout The Fair. From special days like Vancity Member day and Free Gate Admission day to special offers like our Pinwheel Deals coupon book which provides over $400 in fair-wide savings. If you’re a BCAA member, you get special member savings! Planning ahead and purchasing your Fair passes online or at our retail partners can even save you up to $9. Remember that children 13 and under receive FREE gate admission! View all of our special days and ways to save.

PNE Coupon Book

2. Be that person!

Use our plan your day calendar, available on our mobile website at m.pne.ca, to determine what shows and events you want to see during your visit. This will provide you direction for your day so you know when and where you need to be, planning food breaks and free time along the way! You might be the crazy planner, but your group will end their day happy that they got to see the pig races and still make it in time for the Peter Pan musical.

3. How good is your memory?

If you’re bringing your little ones, make sure you take a photo of them before you head out. Sounds strange to take a photo of the kids before you even get to The Fair, right?! The fact that you’re reading this says that you’re organized, but in the unfortunate incident that you may lose sight of your child, a photo of them in the outfit they’re wearing to The Fair will help aid in their search and identification. Trust us; you don’t want to be tested if the situation arises.

4. Tag ‘em, it’s what all the cool parents do!

The Fair, in partnership with BCAA, offers a FREE child tagging program to keep your kids safe and to help us identify any little guests who might be wandering solo. Before you start your day at The Fair, make a quick pit stop at one of our Guest Service locations to pick up a Child Tagging sticker.

 

5. Trains, bikes, and automobiles

However you plan on getting to The Fair, plan your route ahead of time.  Check out our website to find the best option for you and your group including where to park your car, or your bikes, where the closest transit stops are and what gate you want to enter. Did you know we offer a FREE bike valet?

PNE Bike Parking

6. Should we bring the BOB or the umbrella stroller?

Check out what amenities we offer to decide what you need to bring with you. You want to come prepared and comfortable, but you don’t need to bring your entire house! We offer stroller rentals at any of our Guest Services Centres. Good to know: Most of our attractions are stroller accessible, but due to limited space, strollers must be checked in at Pacific Coliseum shows.

7. Who’s got the SPF?

Once you’re surrounded by corndog fryers and mini donut oil, the sun’s rays somehow seem more intense. Here are a few items you’ll want to ensure you bring: sunscreen, hat, a light jacket if you plan on staying later, a bag conveniently sized to somehow fit that teeny tiny toy that you won and the ginormous bear that the wee one snagged, camera or a decent quality camera phone—you are heading out to the best part of summer after all! Psst, don’t tell anyone that I told you, but you’re even allowed to bring in your own snacks and drinks, so pack a few granola bars, you know the kids will be hungry every 30 minutes! Good to know: Got a lot of stuff to lug around? Lockers are available at the main entrance of Playland and next to both Guest Service Centres on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular lockers are $10, and larger lockers $15 a day.

8. Umm, some privacy please!

The Fair overall is the most un-private place you’ll go to this summer, with all of BC and their friends converging the fairgrounds over the course of 15 days. Hidden away in the centre of the grounds is the London Drugs Parents Room where you’ll find a small sanctuary full of parenting amenities primarily designed for discrete nursing and diaper changing.

9. I wish I may, I wish I might, find one square space to sit while my kids burn off some energy!

Lucky for you, we have just that spot! ToonCity, presented by BCAA, is The Fair’s family play, learn and exploration pit stop! With its own stage featuring a pirate and mermaid show, intricate playhouses, colouring mural and reading tent, this is the perfect space to park your butt and let the kids run freely from zone to zone! Well… keep an eye on them please or make sure to re-read point 2 and 3 above.

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10. There’s too much to do, HELP!

Tell us about it! A lot of thought went into making this year’s Fair the best yet, which means, you might not be able to do it all in one day! Some tips:  head to Playland before The Fair arrives so you can enjoy one day of rides when the park isn’t quite as busy, and then another day enjoy the rest of The Fair while it’s here for only 15 days. Plan to come more than one day. Go back to point 1 and find the best days to come and the best ways to get the most out of multiple visits. If you are planning on going to The Fair more than once, think about getting Season Gate Passes. Get your Season Gate Pass before they run out!

Jul 14

The PNE Chef’s Garden

We are very excited to launch a new sustainability initiative here at the PNE in partnership with Safeway. The PNE Chef’s Garden is a fresh and local garden where we are growing over 500lbs of food for use by our PNE Food and Beverage team.

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Many people don’t realize that the PNE manages the over 105 acres of Hastings Park on a year round basis. We have staff on site seven days a week, year-round, maintaining the buildings, the grounds, the park space and now also our spray-free fruit, vegetable and herb gardens! Trained horticulturists in our gardening team tend to the over 20 plants including, cucumbers, strawberries, thyme, lettuce, basil, watermelon, kale and potatoes. You can see an exhibit of The PNE Chef’s Gardens during The Fair in Farm Country.

You may be asking at this point, ‘well what happens to all the ripe product?’ It gets eaten… by you! The product grown in the gardens gets incorporated by our Food and Beverage department into the food we serve at catered events onsite like the meals served to the artists who play at the Pacific Coliseum and in the dishes prepared for our private catered events. Hence the name, The PNE Chef’s Garden!

Don’t forget to visit Market Fresh at The Fair for healthy options straight from our gardens. As we grow this initiative, food will also be incorporated into many of our Food and Beverage initiatives onsite during Playland and The Fair. So just think, next time you order a Crazy Dog, Shrimp Boat platter or Unroutine Poutine, that sprinkle of chive, sliver of carrot or even slice of onion and lettuce came straight from our gardens that morning! This is just another small step in our journey on becoming a zero waste and fully sustainable site.

Check our blog frequently for updates from the PNE Chef’s Garden where we’ll be sharing what’s grown and how it’s all being used.

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Jun 18

Come Hungry…

… because The Fair’s got a lot of amazingly ridiculous new food offerings for you to devour!

This year’s Fair food lineup features 30% new food options over 2014! Some of which are mouth-watering healthy and local options and the others are, shall we say, more classic Fair works-of-genius, masterfully crafted for you to salivate over.  But until The Fair arrives on August 22, here’s what you can start dreaming about.

CIN CITY MINI DONUTS – Jalapeño Poutine Mini Donuts

Jalapeño Poutine Mini Donuts

Tasty cheese curds, smothered in gravy, and topped with spicy jalapeño slices over a bowl of freshly made mini donuts. Located in the MarketPlace 

REEL MAC AND CHEESE – Jurassic Pork

Jurassic Pork

Classic Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese topped with pulled pork and crispy onions. Located on the Main Line

PUB GRUB – Red Velvet Chicken Strips

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Already Delicious Grade A Chicken Strips dipped in Red Velvet Cake Batter and cooked again so they’re twice as nice. Located on the Main Line

FUNNEL CAKES – PB&J Funnel Cakes

PB&J Funnel Cakes

Located on the West Food Line

BACON ON A BUN

Bacon on a Bun

Canadian back bacon on an open-faced bun loaded with savoury fried onions, fresh tomatoes, and a layer of smokey cheese. Located on the Main Line

SLUSH ZONE – Screamers

Screamers

Soft Serve Vanilla Ice Cream with Coke Slushies poured over top. Located on the Main Line

CACTUS BURGER

Cactus Burger

Authentic Cactus Leaf, black beans, provolone cheese, roasted garlic mayo, roasted red peppers, sauteed mushrooms, lettuce, caramelized onion, tomatoes. Located on the West Food Line

RED VELVET MINI DONUTS

RED VELVET MINI DONUTS

A staple Fair food, with a 21 century twist. Red velvet mini donuts with real cream cheese glazing on a stick. Located on the West Food Line

AUTHENTIC MONTREAL SMOKED MEAT

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Slow smoked brisket of beef in steam water and cured with 26 different spices, thinly shaved on Hebrew Montreal rye bread with mustard. Located on the Main Line

ROCKY POINT ICE CREAM – Fat Elvis

Fat Elvis

A stuffed sweet brioche bun with chocolate ice cream, local strawberry jam, crunchy peanut sauce, and sliced banana grilled to perfection to create a warm crisp outside and cold crunchy goodness inside. Located on the Main Line

HOUSE OF GOURMET BURGER – Maple Bacon Donut Burger

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Two maple glazed donuts surround a beef patty, american cheese and bacon. Located South West of Playland beside Keepers Doll Factory

 

View a list of all food vendors coming to this year’s Fair.