Back to School in the Tri-Cities: Creative Children

Creative Children School Supplies Port Moody

If you have school-age children and you live in the Tri-Cities, you have likely heard of Creative Children. If not, you’ll want to check them out, because their warehouse just across from Rocky Point Park in Port Moody is one of the best places to shop for school supplies, art supplies and educational supplies in the Tri-Cities.

My eight-year-old daughter has a strong artistic bent, so we were fans of Creative Children long before she ever set foot in kindergarten. The warehouse is a treasure trove of materials for creative kids, as the name implies. They carry a much broader selection of items than you would find in the stationery aisle of a typical department store. For example, when my daughter’s black felt pen ran out long before the other colours in her new box of markers, I was able to find a box of 12 black felts at Creative Children. Instead of one kind of water colour paints you’ll find five, in packs of all sizes.

Creative Children carries all kinds of paper, craft foam, felt, glue, scissors, furniture, stickers, notebooks, pastels, crayons, pens, pencils, rulers, binders, duo tangs, backpacks, staplers, glitter, markers, pipe cleaners, educational toys, workbooks, felt board story kits, modelling clay … and on, and on, and on. They also sell Creative Packs, which are pre-packaged boxes containing all of the school supplies your child will need for the year.

Because you are shopping in a warehouse, it’s not always easy to find what you’re looking for. However, I have found the staff to be very helpful, and they’re happy to point you in the right direction. On more than one occasion they’ve escorted me around the space as I cross off all the items in my list. In fact, on one memorable visit when my son was just two years old and being a little fussy, a staff member actually went and got me a cart, helped me seat my son inside it, and then pushed it around for me. It’s a level of service that’s very hard to find at most stores.

If you’re buying materials for a school or community group you can set up an account at Creative Children (or there may already be one) to get a discount on the materials you’re buying. Even if you’re just shopping for yourself, though, I’ve found the prices to be very competitive. This is true even if your bill totals less than $50, in which case you have to pay a little extra. It’s always a bit of a mystery what the final bill will be, though, as the prices aren’t marked on the shelves. If you want to know how much something will set you back before you buy it, just ask. Or visit their online catalogue on their website at, and plan your spending in advance.

Creative Children is open Monday to Thursday from 9:30am-5:30pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9:30am-4:30pm. As a quick note, don’t leave your school supply shopping until the last minute if you plan to visit. When I dropped by over Labour Day weekend 2012, I found the store was closed to the public for the weekend as they packaged up all of the Creative Packs to be shipped to schools across the Tri-Cities. I wasn’t able to find any information about whether or not they’ll be doing the same thing this year, but just in case it’s probably best to cover your bases and visit sooner rather than later.

Creative Children

6-3005 Murray Street, Port Moody

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