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Family-Friendly

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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Broadway Across Canada presents DIRTY DANCING

  • January 12 - January 17
  • 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 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 presents Kooza

  • October 29 - December 13
  • The Grand Chapiteau
  • Concord Pacific Place
    Vancouver, BC
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Bard on the Beach Presents Love's Labour's Lost

  • June 19 - September 20
  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival - Vanier Park
  • 1695 Whyte Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V6J 5C3
  • Admission: Various Prices
  • Phone: 604-739-0559
  • Venue: Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
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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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Bowfest - a Bowen Island Community Festival

  • August 29 - August 29
  • Snug Cove, Bowen Island
  • Main Street and Crippen Regional Park
    Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G1
  • Admission: $5.00
  • Contact: Jody Lorenz
  • Phone: 604-812-5041
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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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Fair at the PNE

  • August 22 - September 06
  • Pacific National Exhibition
  • 2901 Hastings East
    Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1
  • Admission: Adults $16; Seniors $8; Children 13 years and under free
  • Venue: Pacific National Exhibition
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Feel Good Fridays at Brentwood

  • March 27 - December 18
  • Brentwood Town Centre
  • 4567 Lougheed Highway
    Burnaby, BC V5C 3Z6
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-299-0606
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Holi ColourFest Vancouver

  • September 13 - September 13
  • ISKCON Krishna Temple
  • 5462 Marine Drive
    Burnaby, BC
  • Admission: from $5
  • Contact: Judie Dahl
  • Phone: 604-987-1137
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Labour Day Fair at The Burnaby Village Meseum

  • September 07 - September 07
  • Burnaby Village Museum
  • 6501 Deer Lake Ave
    Burnaby, BC V5G 3T6
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-297-4565
  • Venue: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
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Phoenix Chamber Choir Presents: The Singing Heart

  • December 20 - December 20
  • Ryerson United Church
  • 2195 West 45th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4
  • Admission: Various Prices
  • Phone: 604-757-0389
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Richmond Night Market 2015

  • May 15 - October 11
  • RIchmond Night Market
  • 8351 River Road
    Richmond, BC
  • Admission: $2.75, Free for children 10 & under & seniors 60 and over.
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Shipyards Night Market

  • May 01 - September 25
  • Shipbuilders' Square
  • 15 Wallace Mews
    North Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free!
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Summer Nights at Front & Company

  • June 25 - December 31
  • 3772 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5V 3N7
  • Admission: Free Admission
  • Contact: Front & Company
  • Phone: 604-879-8431
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The Coho Festival

  • September 13 - September 13
  • Ambleside Park
  • 1200 Argyle Ave
    West Vancouver, V7V 3M9
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Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo

  • October 15 - October 18
  • Various Locations
  • Various Locations
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Various Prices, See website for more information
  • Venue: Tom Lee Music
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Vancouver Symphony Presents Tiny Tots Magical Melody Train Ride

  • October 24 - October 24
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton at Dunsmuir
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Contact: Vancouver Symphony Customer Service
  • Phone: 604-876-3434
  • Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
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Vancouver Winter Wonderland

  • December 10 - December 20
  • PNE Forum
  • 2901 Hastings East
    Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1
  • Admission: $5
  • Venue: Pacific National Exhibition
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World Rivers Day Celebrations

  • September 27 - September 27
  • Burnaby Village Museum
  • 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
    Burnaby, BC V5G 3T6
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-297-4565
  • Venue: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
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Brahm's Tams Drum Circle

  • November 25
  • Stanley Park
  • 3rd Beach
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
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