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Family-Friendly

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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14th Annual Full Circle: Talking Stick Festival presents A Taste of Metis

  • February 27 - February 27
  • Roundhouse Community Centre
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-683-0497
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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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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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2015 Festival du Bois

  • February 26 - March 01
  • Mackin Park
  • 1046 Brunette Ave
    Coquitlam, BC V3K 1C9
  • Venue: Festival du Bois
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Animal Architects

  • March 12 - March 12
  • Burnaby Lake Regional Park
  • 4519 Piper Street
    Burnaby, BC
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Metro Vancouver
  • Phone: 604-432-6359
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ArtStarts at River Market presents: The Little Prince with Monster Theatre

  • March 01 - March 01
  • River Market Westminster Quay
  • 810 Quayside Drive
    New Westminster, BC V3M 6B9
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Artstarts in Schools
  • Phone: 604-336-0626
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ArtStarts on Saturdays presents: The Little Prince with Monster Theatre

  • February 28 - February 28
  • Artstarts Gallery
  • 808 Richards Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3A7
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Artstarts in Schools
  • Phone: 604-336-0626
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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 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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Burnaby Village Museum presents Spring Break Scavenger Hunt: Games

  • March 09 - March 20
  • Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
  • 6501 Deer Lake Ave
    Burnaby, BC V5G 3T6
  • Admission: $7.00
  • Phone: 604-297-4565
  • Venue: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
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CAG Free Family Days

  • February 28 - February 28
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Jill Henderson
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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COME SOAR OVER CHINA

  • January 15 - March 05
  • 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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Eyes on Owls

  • March 07 - March 07
  • Campbell Valley Regional Park
  • Nature House at 8th Ave and 204th St
    Langley, BC
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Metro Vancouver
  • Phone: 604-530-4983
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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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Hawkers Market

  • February 28 - February 28
  • The Independent
  • 188 Kingsway
    Vancouver, BC V5T 3J2
  • Admission: $10.00-$13.00
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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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Lions Gate Sinfonia: Ancient Airs and Dances - A Baroque Garland

  • March 01 - March 01
  • Centennial Theatre
  • 2300 Lonsdale Avenue
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3L1
  • Admission: Adults $39.00 / Seniors $35.00 /Young Adult 18-35 $18.00 / Child and Youth $12.00
  • Contact: Centennial Theatre Box Office
  • Phone: 604-984-4484
  • Venue: Centennial Theatre
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North Shore Art Crawl 2015

  • March 07 - March 08
  • North Vancouver Community Arts Council
  • 335 Lonsdale Avenue
    North Vancouver, V7M 2G3
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-988-6844
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Playdome presented by Global BC

  • March 14 - March 22
  • BC Place
  • 777 Pacific Boulevard
    Vancouver, BC V6B 4Y8
  • Venue: BC Place
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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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