Author Archives: Adrian Crook

About Adrian Crook

Adrian Crook is a father of five living in beautiful downtown Vancouver, Canada. When he's not mobbed by his brood, he runs a successful videogame design consulting business.

Kids and Condo Windows: From Freaky to Fun

One of the biggest concerns when we first moved into our condo on the 29th floor of a downtown highrise was kid safety. It’s a corner unit with floor-to-ceiling windows in every room, which is fantastic for letting in natural…

Kids, snakes, and spiders — oh my!

I have always loved animals. When I was a kid, I kept lizards, salamanders, snakes — anything I could get my hands on. And I’ve always had a particular soft spot for the critters that generally don’t get much love from…

Downsize your life, upsize your happiness

The new year is a time when many households, including mine, take a good long look at our finances. As a father of five small kids, I’m particularly interested in how other families organize their finances to achieve a good…

“Hello, Neighbour”: Kids, Socks, and a Lesson in Kindness

Vancouver’s infamous Downtown Eastside (DTES) is Canada’s poorest postal code. It’s home to some of our most marginalized people – addicts, the homeless, sex workers. It’s also right next door to where we live, in trendy, upwardly mobile Yaletown, which…

Our Top 5 Sweet Treats in Vancouver for Kids

We eat pretty well every meal at home, but sometimes it’s nice to take the kids out for a treat. There are tons of well-known, and some lesser-known, treat haunts in Vancouver. But what’s worth its weight in sugar are those…

How Walkable is Your Neighbourhood?

As issues like obesity and global warming continue to dominate news headlines, more and more families are re-evaluating their own lifestyles. Many of us now eat healthier, more local food, produced with fewer chemicals and less packaging. And many of…

31 Fun Things To Do with Kids in Vancouver

Not long ago, my friend Amelia asked me to write up a guest post on her blog, Seven Suitcases. Amelia is an author and former Lonely Planet writer, who also has five kids. Amelia was looking for a post on what…

City Life Takes Off After Kids’ Bedtime

There isn’t a week that goes by without me thinking about this several times, usually after a night out with a client or friend, so I thought I’d write about it. One of the great aspects of living downtown is…

IKEA Hacking Your Way To Kid Stacking

Making the best use of limited space is a constant effort in refinement. Everything has a footprint and if we can clear up floor space, that’s just more real estate for kids to live and play in. With five kids…

Exploring Our Urban Environment On Small Feet

We’ve just finished up our first full summer in Vancouver since we moved back from Mexico last year. Downtown was fantastic – full of things to do for families and always beckoning us to go for a walk. And while…