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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 Hallowe'en Parade & Expo 2014

  • October 18 - October 19
  • Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
  • 1088 Burrard Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9
  • Contact: feedback@vanhalloween.com
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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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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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Bat House Workshop

  • October 03 - October 04
  • UBC Farm
  • 3461 Ross Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T1W5
  • Admission: $10.00
  • Contact: South Coast Bat Action Team (SCBAT)
  • Phone: 1-855-922-2287
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Blood Moon Night Walk

  • October 08 - October 08
  • Campbell Valley Regional Park
  • Admission: Adult: $8.00 / Child, Youth & Senior: $4.25
  • Contact: Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
  • Phone: 604-432-6359
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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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China Institute presents "We All Live in the Forbidden City"

  • October 18 - October 18
  • Vancouver Public Library
  • 350 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Andrea Christian
  • Phone: 604-910-0479
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Cinema Sunday: My Fair Lady

  • October 19 - October 19
  • The Cinematheque
  • 1131 Howe Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7
  • Contact: info@thecinematheque.ca
  • Phone: 604-688-8202
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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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Halloween Ghost Train in Stanley Park: Mother Goose's Ghastly Garden

  • October 10 - November 01
  • Stanley Park Miniature Train
  • 610 Pipeline Road
    Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
  • Phone: 604-257-8531
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Heritage Apple Day Event

  • October 04 - October 04
  • Derby Reach Regional Park
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
  • Phone: 604-432-6359
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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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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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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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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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Platypus Theatre: Latin Beats, Heroic Feats!

  • February 08 - February 08
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
  • 601 Smithe Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5G1
  • Contact: Customer Service
  • Phone: 604-876-3434
  • Venue: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
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Poplar Market "Handmade and Vintage Market"

  • November 22 - November 23
  • Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts North Poplar
  • 32041 Marshall Road
    Abbotsford, BC V2T 1A2
  • Admission: $2 Admission (Kids 10 and under free)
  • Phone: 604-859-3101
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PumpkinFest in West Vancouver

  • October 05 - October 05
  • West Vancouver Community Centre
  • 2121 Marine Drive
    West Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 778-891-1235
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Richmond Summer Night Market

  • May 16 - October 12
  • 8351 River Road
    Richmond, BC
  • Admission: Free / $2.00
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