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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 International Children's Festival

  • May 30 - June 05
  • Granville Island
  • Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3
  • Admission: $22+ Adults, $12.50+ Children
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Sharon, Bram and friends at the Orpheum

  • September 18 - September 18
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 601 Seymour Street at Smithe
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $22.99 / $29.99 + fees
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: 2016 Variety Show

  • June 04 - June 04
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Asoma

  • May 30 - June 05
  • Carousel Studio
  • 1411 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Box Brothers

  • May 30 - June 05
  • Performance Works
  • 1218 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Circus Incognitus

  • May 30 - June 05
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Extra-Céleste

  • June 01 - June 03
  • Performance Works
  • 1218 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: H'Sao

  • May 31 - June 04
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Michael Kusugak

  • May 31 - June 04
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Pekka

  • May 30 - June 05
  • Studio 1398
  • 1398 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Project Soul

  • June 01 - June 05
  • Revue Stage
  • 1601 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Snowflake

  • May 30 - June 05
  • Revue Stage
  • 1601 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Splash n' Boots

  • May 30 - June 05
  • Revue Stage
  • 1601 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Brahm's Tams Drum Circle

  • May 03 - September 27
  • Stanley Park
  • 3rd Beach
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
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Broadway Across Canada presents Newsies

  • July 05 - July 10
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 600 Hamilton at Dunsmuir
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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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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Doors Open Richmond 2016

  • June 03 - June 05
  • Various venues across Richmond
  • Richmond, BC
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-238-8081
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Heritage House Tour

  • June 05 - June 05
  • Various Locations
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $40/$30 with valid student ID
  • Contact: Caili
  • Phone: 604.264.9642
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Playland at the PNE

  • May 09 - September 16
  • 2901 East Hastings Street
    Vancouver, BC V5K5J1
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VHF Walking Tours – The False Creek Flats

  • September 10 - September 10
  • Various Locations
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $15
  • Contact: Caili
  • Phone: 604.264.9642
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VHF Walking Tours – Grandview: Places Of Worship

  • August 19 - August 19
  • Various Locations
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $15
  • Contact: Caili
  • Phone: 604.264.9642
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VHF Walking Tours – Hastings Park and the PNE Fairgrounds

  • June 25 - June 25
  • Various Locations
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $15
  • Contact: Caili
  • Phone: 604.264.9642
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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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