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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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Cirque du Soleil presents Kooza

  • October 29 - December 13
  • The Grand Chapiteau
  • Concord Pacific Place
    Vancouver, BC
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37th ANNUAL VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE

  • August 02 - August 02
  • Vancouver Pride Society
  • Phone: 604-687-0955
  • Venue: Vancouver Pride Society
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All Nations Festival

  • July 23 - July 25
  • Town Centre Park & Evergreen Cultural Centre
  • 1205 & 1299 Pine Tree Way
    Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y3
  • Admission: Free Admission for public events
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Anime Evolution

  • July 17 - July 17
  • University of Bristish Columbia's New Student Union Building
  • University Square, East Mall & University Blvd
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Various Prices
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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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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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Brock House Summer Fair

  • July 11 - July 11
  • Brock House
  • 3875 Point Grey Road
    Vancouver, BC V6R 1B3
  • Admission: Free
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Carnaval del Sol 2015

  • July 11 - July 12
  • Concord Pacific Place
  • 88 Pacific Boulevard
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free
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Davie Street Block Party

  • July 31 - August 01
  • Vancouver Pride Society
  • Davie Village
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-687-0955
  • Venue: Vancouver Pride Society
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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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Free Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place

  • July 09 - August 27
  • Canada Place
  • 999 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3T4
  • Admission: Free Admission
  • Venue: Canada Place
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Harmony Arts Festival

  • July 31 - August 09
  • West Vancouver's waterfront
  • between 14th and 17th Street on Argyle Avenue and the waterfront parks and beaches
    West Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free!
  • Phone: 604-360-0906
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Honda Celebration of Light

  • July 25 - August 01
  • English Bay
  • Engliah Bay
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free
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Honda Celebration of Light 2015

  • July 25 - August 01
  • English Bay and Sunset Beach
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Picnic in the Park

  • July 25 - July 25
  • Vancouver Pride Society
  • Brocton Oval, Stanley Park
    Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2
  • Phone: 604-684-0955
  • Venue: Vancouver Pride Society
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Pride Festival @ Sunset Beach

  • August 02 - August 02
  • Vancouver Pride Society
  • Sunset Beachn Park
    Vancouver, BC V6E 1V3
  • Phone: 604-687-0955
  • Venue: Vancouver Pride Society
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Pride Run & Walk

  • July 25 - July 25
  • Brockton Oval at Stanley Park
  • Brockton Oval Fieldhouse, Brockton Oval Trail
    Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2
  • Venue: Vancouver Pride Society
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Richmond Maritime Festival 2015

  • August 07 - August 09
  • Britannia Shipyards
  • 5180 Westwater Drive
    Richmond, BC V7E 6P3
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: City of Richmond
  • Phone: 604-276-4320
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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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