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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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Dancers of Damelahamid presents Coastal First Nations Dance Festival - Signature Evening Performance

  • March 06 - March 07
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology
  • 6393 North West Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
  • Contact: Dancers of Damelahamid
  • Phone: 604-922-5277
  • Venue: UBC Museum of Anthropology
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2015 Vancouver International Boat Show

  • January 21 - January 25
  • BC Place and Granville Island
  • Admission: $15.00 Adults / $13.00 Seniors / $ 20.00 2-day Adult Passes / $17.00 2-day Senior Passes / FREE Kids (16 and under)
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28th Annual Festival of Trees

  • November 20 - January 04
  • Four Seasons Hotel and Pacific Centre
  • 701 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-875-2345
  • Venue: Pacific Centre Leaseholds Limited
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A Child's Christmas in Wales

  • December 22 - December 22
  • Anvil Centre Theatre
  • 777 Columbia Street
    New Westminster, BC V3M 1B6
  • Phone: 604-521-5050
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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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BC Children's Hospital presents Hope for the Holidays

  • December 21 - December 21
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 884 Granville St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4
  • Admission: $43.24 - $163.74
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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 THE BOOK OF MORMON

  • April 07 - April 12
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Christmas at FlyOver Canada 2014

  • December 18 - January 04
  • FlyOver Canada
  • 201 - 999 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
  • Phone: 604-620-8455
  • Venue: FlyOver Canada
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Christmas at Lonsdale Quay Market 2014

  • November 28 - December 24
  • Lonsdale Quay Market
  • 123 Carrie Cates Court
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K7
  • Phone: 604-985-2191
  • Venue: Lonsdale Quay Market
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Divers’ Weekend at Vancouver Aquarium

  • January 17 - January 18
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • 845 Avison Way
    Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2
  • Admission: Various prices see website for details
  • Phone: 604-659-3474
  • Venue: Vancouver Aquarium
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Dwellings Talk Series: Wildlife in the City

  • November 08 - January 10
  • ArtStarts Gallery
  • 808 Richards Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
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Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink!

  • December 01 - February 28
  • Robson Square
  • 800 Robson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Ice Rink Hotline
  • Phone: 604-646-3554
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Gulf of Georgia Cannery Farmers Market

  • October 05 - April 26
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery
  • 12138 4th Ave
    Richmond, BC V7E 3J1
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-664-9009
  • Venue: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
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Holidays at the Vancouver Aquarium

  • November 27 - January 04
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • 845 Avison Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3X8
  • Venue: Vancouver Aquarium
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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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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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Sounds of the Season

  • November 28 - December 24
  • Willowbrook Shopping Centre
  • 19705 Fraser Highway
    Langley, BC V3A 7E9
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Customer Service
  • Phone: 604-530-4492
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The Cultch presents Cinderella: An East Van Panto

  • December 03 - December 28
  • Cultch, The (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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The Cultch presents Motherload

  • February 03 - February 21
  • Cultch, The (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks

  • January 27 - January 27
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Venue: Canucks Sports & Entertainment
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Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins

  • February 13 - February 13
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Venue: Canucks Sports & Entertainment
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Vancouver Canucks vs. Buffalo Sabres

  • January 30 - January 30
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Venue: Canucks Sports & Entertainment
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Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames

  • December 20 - December 20
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Venue: Canucks Sports & Entertainment
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