Kidsworld's mission is to support local families with an affordable way to spend quality time together at a wide range of Vancouver's best places. We want to give children opportunities to get a wide range of experiences including art, dance music, sports, and unique educational opportunities.
Kidsworld has always existed only due to the generosity of the event hosts, who are committed to supporting the community, and blessing the kids of our city. We would not exist without them, and are so thankful!
Kidsworld began in Vancouver in 1992 through the vision of founder Brian Freestone. Originally known as Kidsummer, the program grew over the span of the foundational eight years. In 2000 came a name change to Kidsworld, with a desire to have quality events outside of the summer as well. Brian's goal was to create an opportunity for families to share ‘quality’ time together, doing a host of unique, and oftentimes highly educational events/activities. He believes in the impact that shared experiences can have to bring friends and family closer together.
In the fall of 2015 Brian Dean came on board as the Program Director, with a desire to see Kidsworld continue to develop into the future. After his first summer in 2016 he launched the first Kidsworld 44 program, which has an event each of the 44 weeks of the school year. Always eager to continue to develop and strengthen the program, we know there will be many more great years are to come!
To Support Local families with an affordable way to spend quality time together while supporting local organizations by connecting them to local families in a positive way
- To be affordable for families
- to encourage quality family time
- To Offer High Quality Fun, Artistic, Athletic and Educational Experiences
- To Support Local Organizations By Connecting Local Families
Brian Dean was born and raised in North Vancouver, and this has greatly shaped who he is. He loves the outdoors, spending time with friends, playing sports, and exploring the world as much as possible. His life bucket list goal is to visit the Seven Wonders of the World!
Brian is married to a wonderful woman named Kim, and they have a young son named Joshua.
Brian came on board as Program Director for Kidsworld in 2015. He has a passion for supporting kids and families, as well as vision for how Kidsworld can continue to improve. He spent six years as a youth worker on the North Shore and several summers as a director at Keats Camps. Brian also has done a masters of leadership at Trinity Western University, which greatly shaped his entrepreneurial spirit and ability.
He looks forward to meeting you at events this summer!