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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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Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins

  • December 05 - January 04
  • Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
  • 2750 Granville Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Venue: Arts Club Theatre Company - Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
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Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit

  • June 28 - November 02
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • 1905 Ogden Ave
    Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3
  • Admission: $11.00 Adults, $8.50 Children/Seniors/Students, $30.00 Family
  • Contact: Visitor Services
  • Phone: 604-257-8300
  • Venue: Vancouver Maritime Museum
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Broadway Across Canada presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

  • February 03 - February 08
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton at Georgia
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Broadway Across Canada
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Broadway Across Canada presents FLASHDANCE

  • November 11 - November 16
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Broadway Across Canada presents THE BOOK OF MORMON

  • April 07 - April 12
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Burns Bog Conservation Society Halloween Spookfest

  • November 01 - November 01
  • Delta Nature Reserve
  • 10388 Nordel Crt
    Delta, BC V4G 1J7
  • Admission: $5.00 per child
  • Contact: Maureen
  • Phone: 604-572-0373
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Canadian Football Hall of Fame Weekend

  • November 28 - December 01
  • 655 Burrard St
    Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7
  • Venue: Hyatt Regency Vancouver
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Celebrate Sea Otters at the Vancouver Aquarium

  • October 06 - November 11
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • 845 Avison Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3X8
  • Admission: $15.00 - $29.00
  • Venue: Vancouver Aquarium
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CIRCUSFEST presents Click 'N' Play

  • November 09 - November 09
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Admission: $15.00 + additional service charges
  • Phone: 604-251-1363
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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CIRCUSFEST presents A Book is Not a Ladder

  • November 08 - November 08
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Admission: $15.00 + additional service charges
  • Phone: 604-251-1363
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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CIRCUSFEST presents Arnie the Carnie

  • November 08 - November 08
  • Wise Hall
  • 1882 Adanac Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 4E5
  • Admission: $15.00 + additional services charges
  • Contact: CircusFest
  • Phone: 604-252-3679
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CIRCUSFEST presents Arti-Chaut! and The Heart

  • November 08 - November 08
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Admission: $20.00 + additional service charges
  • Phone: 604-251-1363
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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CIRCUSFEST presents Cover Me and The New Conformity

  • November 07 - November 07
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Admission: $25.00 (+ additional service charges)
  • Contact: CircusFest
  • Phone: 604-252-3679
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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CIRCUSFEST presents Golden Gatsby Cabaret

  • November 07 - November 07
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Admission: $20.00 + additional service charges
  • Phone: 604-251-1363
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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CIRCUSFEST presents High Tea

  • November 09 - November 09
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Admission: $20.00 + additional services charges
  • Phone: 604-251-1363
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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CIRCUSFEST presents I love Circus Cabaret

  • November 09 - November 09
  • PNE GARDEN AUDITORIUM
  • Hastings Park
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $20.00 + additional services charges
  • Contact: CircusFest
  • Phone: 604-252-3679
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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CIRCUSFEST presents Island

  • November 08 - November 08
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Admission: $20.00 + additional services charges
  • Phone: 604-251-1363
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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CIRCUSFEST PRESENTS LUCITERRA & CHRIS MURDOCH

  • November 08 - November 08
  • PNE Garden Auditorium
  • Hastings Park
    Vancouver, BC BC V5K
  • Admission: $10.00 + additional service charges
  • Contact: CircusFest
  • Phone: 604-252-3679
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CIRCUSFEST presents Welcome to the Jungle

  • November 09 - November 09
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Admission: $22.00 + additional services charges
  • Phone: 604-252-3679
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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CIRCUSWEST presents A circus in Wonderland

  • November 08 - November 08
  • GARDEN AUDITORIUM
  • PNE Hastings Park
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Admission: $15.00 + additional service charges
  • Contact: CircusFest
  • Phone: 604-252-3679
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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Disney On Ice Presents Let's Party!

  • November 26 - November 30
  • 2901 Hastings East
    Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1
  • Admission: $25.00 - $85.00 (plus fees)
  • Venue: Pacific National Exhibition
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Dwellings Talk Series: Wildlife in the City

  • November 08 - January 10
  • ArtStarts Gallery
  • 808 Richards Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
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Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup: B.C. Shorelines Need Your Help

  • September 01 - October 31
  • Your local community
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Shoreline Cleanup
  • Phone: 1-877-427-2422
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Gulf of Georgia Cannery Farmers Market

  • October 05 - April 26
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery
  • 12138 4th Ave
    Richmond, BC V7E 3J1
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-664-9009
  • Venue: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
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HALLOWEEN AT FLYOVER CANADA

  • October 10 - November 02
  • 201 - 999 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
  • Phone: 604-620-8455
  • Venue: FlyOver Canada
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