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Every parent knows the secret to a successful family vacation: You've got to wear the kids out. Channel their boundless energy into hands-on fun, and you'll all be in vacation-land bliss. Luckily, Vancouver has an almost endless number of family-friendly activities.  And chances are you just might have some fun, too. 

First of all, there's the great outdoors.  Vancouver has nearly a dozen urban beaches, including Kitsilano, which boasts white sand, brisk ocean water and Canada's longest swimming pool.  In the winter, cross over to the city's North Shore, home to three world-class ski mountains, which feature challenging runs, as well as snow-tube parks for non-skiers.  And year-round Stanley Park, Vancouver's 1,000-acre central park, is a great place for a quick trek through West Coast forests or an easy bike ride around the seawall, the waterfront promenade.  Finally, little daredevils will want to check out the Capilano Suspension Bridge a wobbly (but perfectly safe) span suspended 230 feet above the Capilano River. 

When it's raining outside, bring the kids indoors to one of the city's interactive museums.  Science World, housed in a gleaming geodesic dome, has hands-on exhibits on science and technology, plus an IMAX theatre.  At the Vancouver Aquarium - Canada's largest - kids  can touch the starfish, admire the sea otters and marvel at the big white belugas.  Space exploration is the theme at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, while old ships and all things nautical are on display at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.  To really spoil the kids, take them to Playland, an urban amusement park on the edge of the city featuring the famous - and terrifying - Wooden Roller Coaster. 

Finally, the highlight of the year for lots of local youngsters and parents is the Vancouver International Children's Festival each May.  Up to 50,000 visitors pour in for a week of theatre, music, dance and acrobatics for kids ages 3-12, all staged in tents on waterfront Granville Island


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Vancouver International Children's Festival 2015

  • May 25 - May 31
  • Granville Island
  • Admission: $25 per adult, $15 per child, or $8 for an activity zone (only) wristband
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Les Parfaits Inconnus

  • May 25 - May 31
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Granville Island Stage
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Manxmouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear

  • May 25 - May 31
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Waterfront Theatre
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Me on the Map

  • May 25 - May 31
  • Carousel Studio
  • 1411 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Waterfront Theatre
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Michel Lauzière

  • May 25 - May 30
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Granville Island Stage
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Anne Glover's World of Story & String

  • May 26 - May 28
  • The Revue Stage
  • 1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Revue Theatre
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Big Bad

  • May 26 - May 31
  • The Revue Stage
  • 1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Revue Theatre
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Bon Débarras

  • May 26 - May 29
  • Performance Works
  • 1218 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Performance Works
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: I Think I Can

  • May 26 - May 31
  • Anderson Street Space
  • 1405 Anderson Street, Granville Island
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
  • Admission: $15
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Performance Works
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Potato Needs A Bath

  • May 26 - May 31
  • Studio 1398
  • 1398 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V3R 0B5
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Studio 1398
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: The Good Day Sunshine Band

  • May 29 - May 31
  • Performance Works
  • 1218 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Performance Works
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: There's A Whale In That Puddle

  • May 26 - May 30
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Waterfront Theatre
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Variety Show Fundraiser

  • May 30 - May 30
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $28.00 Adult/$23.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Granville Island Stage
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Will Stroet & The Backyard Band

  • May 26 - May 31
  • Performance Works
  • 1218 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Performance Works
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WorldBeat 2015 Children's Choir Festival

  • April 26 - April 26
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 601 Seymour St at Smithe
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
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Baker's Market 2015

  • April 12 - June 14
  • Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre
  • 7646 Prince Albert Street
    Vancouver, BC V5X 3Z4
  • Admission: Free
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Bard on the Beach presents The Comedy of Errors

  • June 04 - September 26
  • BMO Theatre Stage
  • Vanier Park , 1695 Whyte Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V6J 5C3
  • Admission: Various Prices
  • Phone: 604-737-0625
  • Venue: Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
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Broadway Across Canada presents DIRTY DANCING

  • November 17 - November 22
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 649 Cambie Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Broadway Across Canada
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Broadway Across Canada presents Disney’s THE LION KING

  • June 18 - July 12
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 649 Cambie Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Broadway Across Canada
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Broadway Across Canada presents MAMMA MIA!

  • March 29 - April 03
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 649 Cambie Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Contact: 1-866-542-7469
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Broadway Across Canada presents ONCE

  • November 17 - November 22
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 649 Cambie Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Broadway Across Canada
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Cirque du Soleil's VAREKAI

  • May 20 - May 24
  • Pacific Coliseum
  • 100 North Renfrew Street
    Vancouver, BC V5K 4A5
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Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair

  • May 15 - May 18
  • Cloverdale Fair Grounds
  • 6050A 176th Street
    Surrey, BC V3S 4E7
  • Admission: Grounds: $12.00/Rodeo: $20.00 (kids 12 and under Free with adult)
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Daffodil Dash

  • April 26 - April 26
  • Creekside Park
  • 1455 Quebec Street & Terminal Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
  • Admission: Prices vary by age, visit www.cancer.ca/daffodildash for details.
  • Phone: 604-215-5461
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Earth Day Pilgrimage to Burns Bog

  • April 26 - April 26
  • Delta Nature Reserve
  • 10388 Nordel Court
    Delta, BC V4G 1J7
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-572-0373
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