A few things to do in the Tri-Cities with the kids this summer (and a few without)

The temperature is alternating between enjoyable and oppressive, umbrellas are collecting dust and the ice cream cone has become a meal replacement. My friends, it’s summer.

Here’s a quick rundown of places to go, food to eat and pools to jump into over the next couple months. (Scroll to the bottom for pool/water park schedules.)

Jazz night: Diane Lines is set to take the stage at Town Centre Park August 5 for jazz night in Coquitlam. Having played with Michael Bublé and Dal Richards, Lines brings high energy and a rich voice to jazz standards.

Sweetpea Swing Band is also slated to play traditional jazz with a modern twist.

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Jazz night is also scheduled to include The Mad Greek, Hugs Mini Donuts food trucks.

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Brewhalla: Inlet Park in Port Moody is set to host this celebration of good beer and good cheer Aug. 6. More info here.

Dumpling fest: It’s meant to be a path to greater cultural understanding and tolerance – one dumpling at a time. The Asian Impact Society are slated to host the inaugural B.C. Dumpling Festival Aug. 13 at Town Centre Park.

Mangan takes Coquitlam: It should be a nice, nice, very nice concert. Canadian rock/folk singer Dan Mangan is slated to play Town Centre Park on August 19 on the first night of Coquitlam’s Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.

The music is set to begin at 6 p.m. with a performance from Carmanah. The West Coast band that plays folk music touched by electricity and backed with pop arrangements.

Besides music, the event is set to feature food trucks and the Rocky Point Ice Cream concession. Visitors are welcome to bring their own drinks including alcoholic beverages. (Related: Coquitlam approves reasonable consumption of booze in public places)

The event switches to Blue Mountain Park on Saturday for an event featuring performances from Aeriosa Dance Society and Yvonne Kushe Ugandan-Canadian singer Yvonne Kushe.

Scheduled to run from noon to 4 p.m., the event is also set to feature a plant walk led by artist and Indigenous ethnobotanist T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss.

The event wraps up Sunday at Victoria Park with storyteller Kung Jaadee and three performances from musician Ana Bon-Bon. Check the full lineup here.

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Pop night: Coquitlam’s concert series ends Sept. 2 with music from R&B singer/songwriter Ashley Pater at Town Centre Park.

Pop night is also set to include music from Queer as Funk. Known for high energy and thick horns, Vancouver’s “hottest, queerest band” plays new hits and soul classics.

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Coquitlam pools

  • The maintenance is wrapped up and the pool at Poirier is open again. Click here to see the summer schedule.
  • There’s a daily toonie swim at City Centre Aquatic Complex. Check here for the schedule.
  • The Eagle Ridge outdoor pool switches to summer hours this Thursday, which means swimmers can jump in between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and then from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays. The pool is set to have two lanes open between 1 and 8:30 p.m. on weekends.
  • Spani Pool is set to be open from 1 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. starting Thursday. The pool is also set to be open from 1 to 8:30 p.m. on weekends. The pool is scheduled to be closed to the public from July 22 to 24.

Port Coquitlam pools

The Centennial and Robert Hope pools are currently open. More info here.

  • Centennial opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. on weekdays.
  • Robert Hope is set to be open from 1 to 4 p.m. and then from 5 to 8 p.m. beginning July 4.

Port Moody pools

Both Westhill and Rocky Point pools are set to be open seven days a week. On weekdays, the pools are slated to be open from 3 to 5 p.m. and then from 6 to 8 p.m. The two pools are scheduled to be open from 1 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on weekends. More info here.

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Water fun for little ones

Wading pools and spray parks in Port Coquitlam: The pool at Sun Valley is set to be open between 1:30 and 7 p.m. The spray park is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Routley Wading Pool is slated to be open each day from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Port Coquitlam also has spray parks in Castle Park and Lions Park. More info here.

Wading pools and spray parks in Coquitlam: The pool at Blue Mountain Park is set to open July 11. Spray parks at Town Centre, Burns Park, Cottonwood, Galloway, Mackin, Norm Staff, Panorama and Rochester are currently open. More info here.

Wading pools and spray parks in Port Moody: The City of the Arts has spray parks at Rocky Point, at Ailsa Park on the 500 block of Ailsa Avenue and at Easthill Park at 1385 Union Street. More info here.

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