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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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2016 Vancouver Christmas Market

  • November 26 - December 30
  • Vancouver Christmas Market
  • Jack Poole Plaza
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
  • Admission: Children 0-6 FREE, Tickets $4 and up, Packages $20 and up. All online ticket purchases will receive a complimentary Season Pass.
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Chor Leoni Men's Choir 2016/17 Season

  • November 11 - June 26
  • various locations
  • Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3
  • Admission: various prices
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Dancers of Damelahamid presents 2017 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

  • March 03 - March 04
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology
  • 6393 North West Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
  • Contact: Dancers of Damelahamid
  • Phone: 604-922-5277
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Discover Rays at the Vancouver Aquarium

  • March 10 - December 31
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • 845 Avison Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3X8
  • Admission: Included with admission
  • Phone: 604.659.3400
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Presentation House Theatre presents Bodacious!

  • September 24 - April 29
  • Presentation House Theatre
  • 333 Chesterfield Avenue
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 604-990-3474
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Presentation House Theatre presents A Prairie Christmas

  • December 13 - December 13
  • Presentation House Theatre
  • 333 Chesterfield Avenue
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9
  • Admission: $15.00 - $28.00
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 604-990-3474
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Presentation House Theatre presents Baking Time

  • November 25 - December 11
  • Presentation House Theatre
  • 333 Chesterfield Avenue
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9
  • Admission: $15.00
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 604-990-3474
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Presentation House Theatre presents Cool Yule!

  • December 14 - December 14
  • Presentation House Theatre
  • 333 Chesterfield Avenue
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9
  • Admission: $15.00 - $28.00
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 604-990-3474
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Presentation House Theatre presents Germán López

  • April 02 - April 02
  • Presentation House Theatre
  • 333 Chesterfield Avenue
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9
  • Admission: $27.00 - $30.00
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 604-990-3474
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Presentation House Theatre presents Redpatch

  • March 29 - April 02
  • Presentation House Theatre
  • 333 Chesterfield Avenue
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9
  • Admission: $15.00 - $28.00
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 604-990-3474
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Presentation House Theatre presents Salmon Girl

  • January 26 - February 05
  • Presentation House Theatre
  • 333 Chesterfield Avenue
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9
  • Admission: $10.00 - $15.00
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 604-990-3474
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Presentation House Theatre presents The SantaLand Diaries

  • December 08 - December 18
  • Presentation House Theatre
  • 333 Chesterfield Avenue
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9
  • Admission: $20.00 - $25.00
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 604-990-3474
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Rogers Arena Tours

  • April 18
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Venue: Rogers Arena
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