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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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2014 Vancouver Book Fair

  • October 04 - October 05
  • UBC Robson Square
  • 800 Robson Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Contact: Vancouver Book Fair
  • Venue: UBC Robson Square
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2014 VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL TAP FESTIVAL

  • August 28 - September 01
  • Vary
  • Phone: 604-253-0293
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8th Annual Boat Show at the Creek

  • September 18 - September 21
  • Mosquito Creek Marina
  •  415 West Esplanade
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 1A6
  • Admission: $12.00/day, Kids 12 and under FREE
  • Contact: Donny
  • Phone: 604-987-4113
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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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BC Motorcycle Racing presented by MISSION RACEWAY

  • September 27 - September 28
  • Mission Raceway Park
  • 32670 Dyke Rd
    Mission, BC V2V 5V6
  • Admission: $10.00 Adutls / Children 12 and under free
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Best Catch Sustainable Seafood Festival

  • September 14 - September 14
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
  • 12138 4th Avenue
    Richmond, BC V7E 3J1
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-664-9009
  • Venue: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
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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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Etsy: Made in Canada

  • September 27 - September 27
  • Robson Square
  • 800 Robson St
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7
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Fort Farm Fest

  • August 31 - September 01
  • Fort Langley National Historic Site
  • 23433 Mavis Avenue
    Fort Langley, BC V1M 2R5
  • Admission: Regular Admission
  • Contact: Hayley Slipiec
  • Phone: 604-513-4777
  • Venue: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
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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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Il Mercato: Italian Night Market Vancouver 2014

  • August 15 - November 21
  • 3075 Slocan Street
    Vancouver, BC V5M 4P5
  • Phone: 604-430-3337
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Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market

  • June 14 - October 11
  • East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V6M 3V2
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Vancouver Farmers Markets
  • Phone: 604-879-3276
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Kitsilano Farmers Market

  • May 11 - October 19
  • Kitsilano Community Centre
  • 2690 Larch St
    Vancouver, BC V6K 4K9
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Vancouver Farmers Markets
  • Phone: 604-879-3276
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LEARN TO FISH, A FRASER RIVER EXPERIENCE

  • September 06 - September 06
  • MATSQUI TRAIL REGIONAL PARK
  • Admission: $5.00/Child, parent is FREE
  • Phone: 604-504-4716
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Main Street Station Farmers Market

  • June 04 - October 01
  • Thornton Park
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Vancouver Farmers Markets
  • Phone: 604-879-3276
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MetamorFest

  • September 27 - September 27
  • Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
  • 800 East Broadway
    Vancouver, BC V5T 1Y1
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-879-8208
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Metro Theatre presents Aladdin

  • December 12 - January 03
  • Metro Theatre
  • 1370 SW Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6P 5Z9
  • Venue: Metro Theatre
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Moonlight & Mooncakes

  • September 07 - September 07
  • 578 Carrall St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2
  • Phone: 604-662-3207
  • Venue: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
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Mt Pleasant Farmers Market

  • June 15 - October 12
  • Guelph Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Vancouver Farmers Markets
  • Phone: 604-879-3276
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Nathaniel Stookey: The Composer is Dead!

  • November 30 - November 30
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 601 Smithe Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: www.vancouversymphony.ca
  • Phone: 604-876-3434
  • Venue: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
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Nighthawk Arts Festival

  • August 28 - September 01
  • Varies
  • #308 - 877 East Hastings
    Vancouver, BC V6A 4J7
  • Admission: Varies
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