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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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WorldBeat 2015 Children's Choir Festival

  • April 26 - April 26
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 601 Seymour St at Smithe
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
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7th Annual Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt at VanDusen Garden

  • April 04 - April 05
  • 5251 Oak St
    Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1
  • Contact: VanDusen Botanical Garden
  • Phone: 604-257-8463
  • Venue: VanDusen Botanical Garden
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Baker's Market 2015

  • April 12 - June 14
  • Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre
  • 7646 Prince Albert Street
    Vancouver, BC V5X 3Z4
  • Admission: Free
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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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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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Canucks Autism Network presents CAN Family Festival 2015

  • April 12 - April 12
  • Jack Poole Plaza
  • 1055 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
  • Admission: Free Event
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Cirque du Soleil's VAREKAI

  • May 20 - May 24
  • Pacific Coliseum
  • 100 North Renfrew Street
    Vancouver, BC V5K 4A5
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COME FLY ABOVEUSA!

  • March 06 - April 12
  • 201 - 999 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
  • Admission: $19.95 Adults/ $17.95 Senior, Student and Youth/ $14.95 Child
  • Phone: 604-620-8455
  • Venue: FlyOver Canada
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Critter Capers–Who’s Crashing in My Tree Cavity?

  • April 06 - April 06
  • Burnaby Lake Regional Park
  • 4519 Piper Ave
    Burnaby, BC
  • Admission: Free-Drop In
  • Contact: Metro Vancouver
  • Phone: 604-432-6359
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Earth Day Pilgrimage to Burns Bog

  • April 26 - April 26
  • Delta Nature Reserve
  • 10388 Nordel Court
    Delta, BC V4G 1J7
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-572-0373
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Easter at the Cannery!

  • April 03 - April 05
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
  • 12138 4th Ave
    Richmond, BC V7E 3J1
  • Admission: $3.90 for Kids 2-12 years old (Youth, Adult, Seniors and Families -- regular admission applies)
  • Phone: 604-664-9009
  • Venue: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
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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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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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Kay Meek Centre presents Norman Foote

  • May 09 - May 09
  • Kay Meek Centre
  • 1700 Mathers Avenue
    West Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Various Prices
  • Contact: Kim Violato
  • Phone: 604-981-6335
  • Venue: Kay Meek Centre
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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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The 6th Mariachi Festival Canada

  • May 26 - May 30
  • 918 Granville Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2
  • Phone: 604-338-4064
  • Venue: The Vogue Theatre
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Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers

  • April 11 - April 11
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Venue: Canucks Sports & Entertainment
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Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings

  • April 06 - April 06
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Venue: Canucks Sports & Entertainment
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Vancouver Canucks vs. Phoenix Coyotes

  • April 09 - April 09
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Venue: Canucks Sports & Entertainment
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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Classical Kids: Beethoven Lives Upstairs

  • May 17 - May 17
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 601 Smithe St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4
  • Contact: VSO
  • Phone: 604-876-3434
  • Venue: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Classical Kids: Inspector Tovey Meets Mozart

  • April 19 - April 19
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 601 Smithe St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Contact: VSO
  • Phone: 604-876-3434
  • Venue: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
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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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