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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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"Iz Srbije s ljubavlju" From Serbia With Love

  • May 10 - May 10
  • Massey Theatre
  • 735 8th Avenue
    New Westminster, BC V3L 3M6
  • Admission: $25 adults / $15 (children under 12)
  • Phone: 778-835-8671
  • Venue: Massey Theatre
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2014 FIVB World League - Canada vs. Belgium - June 13th

  • June 13 - June 13
  • Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (UBC)
  • 6066 Thunderbird Blvd
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Admission: $15.95 - $35.60 through Ticketmaster
  • Contact: Volleyball
  • Phone: 613-748-5681 x0
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2014 FIVB World League - Canada vs. Belgium - June 14th

  • June 14 - June 14
  • Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (UBC)
  • 6066 Thunderbird Blvd
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Admission: $15.95 - $35.60 through Ticketmaster
  • Contact: Volleyball
  • Phone: 613-748-5681 x0
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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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29th Annual Child Run

  • June 01 - June 01
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
  • 33rd Avenue and Cambie St
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2K3
  • Phone: 604-875-2444
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Park
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7th Annual Quayside Boardwalk Festival & Sale

  • August 17 - August 17
  • Quayside Esplanade, along Fraser River
  • 31 Reliance Court
    New Westminster, BC V3M 6C6
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: festival@quaysideboard.com
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Alexandra Neighborhood House 40th Annual Festival

  • May 31 - May 31
  • Alexandra Neighourhood House
  • 2916 McBride Avenue
    Surrey, BC, BC V4A 3G2
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Simone Grewal
  • Phone: 604-535-0015
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Baker's Market

  • April 20 - May 04
  • Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre
  • 7646 Prince Albert Street
    Vancouver, BC V5X 1C7
  • Admission: FREE
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BC Motorcycle Racing presented by MISSION RACEWAY

  • May 10 - May 11
  • Mission Raceway Park
  • 32670 Dyke Rd
    Mission, BC V2V 5V6
  • Admission: $10.00 Adutls / Children 12 and under free
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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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Broadway Across Canada presents WICKED

  • May 28 - June 29
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Cirque du Soleil presents TOTEM

  • May 16 - July 06
  • Under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place
  • Pacific Boulevard and Quebec Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Venue: Live Nation Canada
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Dongmei Dance presents WATER & LIFE - Chinese Folk Dance

  • June 20 - June 21
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $38.00 / $28.00
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Earth Day in Everett Crowley Park

  • April 26 - April 26
  • Everett Crowley Park
  • Kerr St. & SE Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free
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East Side Pride

  • June 28 - June 28
  • Grandview Park, Commercial Drive
  • Admission: FREE!
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Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival

  • May 09 - May 09
  • Russian Hall
  • 600 Campbell Ave
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $22.00 Adults /$14.00 Youth
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Essentia presents Monthly Photo Contest

  • December 02
  • Essentia
  • 2144 West 4th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V6K 1N6
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Angelo
  • Phone: 604-738-0321
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International Dance Day events

  • April 29 - April 29
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: Free or by donation
  • Contact: The Dance Centre
  • Phone: 604-606-6400
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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KALEIDOSCOPE – Circus in Technicolour

  • May 01 - May 04
  • PNE Forum
  • 2901 East Hastings Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Adults $20 / Youth (18 and Under) $13 / Students & Seniors $15 / School Group Rate (10+) $9
  • Phone: 604-252-3679
  • Venue: PNE Forum
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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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