Looking for some advice for a stay in Vancouver before and after our Alaskan cruise in July 2020. The background: we are flying in and won't get in until late on a Thursday night. Our cruise starts on Sunday so we have 2 days in Vancouver for sightseeing. On the other end, we arrive back in Vancouver on a Sunday and our flight leaves Monday morning. We could use this as another sightseeing day or just a hanging around, resting day. It is my husband and I with our 3 kids (14, 3, and 6 months when we travel), plus my parents who are 80 but in fairly good shape and travel with us every year. They are obviously not as active as they used to be but still do lots of walking around with us at Disney and around d Hawaii last year, as long as we give them time to rest.
So what we are looking for:
1. Recommendations for hotel stays- not sure if it makes more sense to stay close to the airport night one since we will be getting in late and then possibly moving to one closer to the pier the next day? Looking for something moderately priced- we are from US and used to paying approximately $300 or so per night but looks like Vancouver is a little pricier in the hotel department. Anything with a bus/train/shuttle is bonus points if we can avoid lugging two car seats for this cruise.
2. Recommendations for sight-seeing. Ever since our Hawaii cruise last year ended in Vancouver, my parents have wanted to come back and see the main sites. But obviously we will have two little ones with us (although we travel every year so we don't let the little ones slow us down too much!). Any interesting, kid-friendly sites would be great as well as transportation recommendations as I am hoping to travel by bus/train this trip if possible.
3. Any kid-friendly food recommendations for breakfast/lunch/ dinner is appreciated. We aren't super picky eaters (we tend to like any place we at) but we aren't all that adventurous to mostly stick to pizza, burgers, italian, seafood, chicken, beef- we don't usually go for super ethnic, such as Indian, Japanese, etc. For breakfast, any place with waffles and pancakes for the kids is good! Our only requirements for food are really just moderately priced and kid friendly. Reservations are a bonus so that we don't have to wait during busy times.
I know this is asking for a lot- I have been doing lots of reading on the boards but haven't seen much asked with little kids- Thanks for any help!!