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Car Free Day Vancouver: Join in the Block Party Fun Throughout Kitsilano on June 14-15, 2014

May 09, 2014

The weekend of June 14 and 15 is a time when you can leave your car at home and explore what the city has to offer. If you live in Kitsilano, this period is also a great time for you to have fun. Block parties are taking place all over this area, so make sure you take part with your family.

What Block Parties Have to Offer

In short, they offer the chance for you and your family to have fun. It's quite rare that such an opportunity arises where all members of the family can go to an event and feel included. Along with giving you an excuse to spend time with your family, block parties also allow you to feel more connected to the community as a whole. This way, you get to meet and interact with the people that live close by. Each of these parties is perfectly unique, just like the people that host them! You might find some parties that have dancing and music and others that come with couches and chairs in the middle of the street. You might even find some that have carpets laid down on the street! All in all, you can expect a great deal of fun.

Host a Block Party and Be the One Who Starts the Fun

If you'd like to be the one who decides on how the block party will be, then you should definitely host one yourself. To get started, you first have to email the organizers in order to let them know which block you'd like to "take." Next, you have to collect signatures from your neighbours. This is a brilliant way to get to know them and invite them to the party. Getting a friend to give you hand in collecting these signatures is a great idea. It’ll make the errand much more fun. After you have the signatures, you should fill in an application form, which should be sent in before June 8. After that, you'll receive a reply letting you know where you can mail or email the signatures you've collected. Remember that your application has to be received in order for you to get insurance for your party, and barricades that will close the street.

Ideas for the Party

If you're the one planning the party, then you're going to have a lot on your mind. In order to set the atmosphere, you might want to consider bringing pieces of furniture outside. This will have a big impact and will probably make things more comfortable for your guests. You can even create separate "rooms" on the street. This will increase the number of activities people can enjoy at your party. When it comes to the little kids, the sky's the limit here! One of the options you might want to consider is having a dog show. With this option, you're going to include not only the children, but also the pets of the family. Another option is having a lemonade stand or a bake sale. Street hockey is also a great idea. Don't limit yourself; think of what kids might like, and make it happen! Block parties are a great deal of fun for everyone involved. Not only do they give you the chance to step away from your car for a change, but they also give you a great excuse to spend time with your family. To top it all off, you're also going to meet your neighbours and get to know them. This is what fun multi-tasking is all about!

Peter Raab, Kitsilano Real Estate Agent

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