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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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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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14th Annual Full Circle: Talking Stick Festival presents Children of God

  • February 21 - February 21
  • Roundhouse Community Centre
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-683-0497
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14th Annual Full Circle: Talking Stick Festival presents Currents of Contemporary Aboriginal Dance

  • February 24 - February 26
  • Roundhouse Community Centre
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-683-0497
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14th Annual Full Circle: Talking Stick Festival presents Directing as a Craft: Artist Talk

  • February 20 - February 20
  • Studio 1398
  • 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-683-0497
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14th Annual Full Circle: Talking Stick Festival presents Jazzin

  • February 23 - February 23
  • Ironworks Studio
  • 235 Alexander Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-683-0497
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14th Annual Full Circle: Talking Stick Festival presents Salt Baby

  • February 18 - February 20
  • Roundhouse Community Centre
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-683-0497
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14th Annual Full Circle: Talking Stick Festival presents The Pipeline Project

  • February 22 - February 22
  • 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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Full Circle: First Nations Performance presents the OPENING GALA of the 2015 Talking Stick Festival

  • February 17 - February 17
  • The Roundhouse
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
  • Phone: 604-683-0497
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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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ArtStarts at River Market presents: Fun and Play! with Vazzy

  • February 01 - February 01
  • River Market at Westminster Quay
  • 810 Quayside Drive
    New Westminster, BC V3M 6B9
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-336-0626
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ArtStarts on Saturdays presents: Fun and Play! with Vazzy

  • January 31 - January 31
  • ArtStarts Gallery
  • 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3A7
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-336-0626
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BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts presents A Tribute to Brazil

  • January 30 - January 30
  • BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts
  • 2055 Purcell Way
    North Vancouver, BC V7J 3H5
  • Admission: $30.00 Adult / $27.00 Senior & Student / $12.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-986-1911
  • Venue: BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts
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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 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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Children’s Arts Festival

  • February 09 - February 09
  • Richmond Cultural Centre
  • 7700 Minoru Gate
    Richmond BC, BC V6Y 1R9
  • Admission: $5.00
  • Contact: City of Richmond
  • Phone: 604-276-4320
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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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Concerts at Grace Presents: Arnt Arntzen Trio with special guest Georgina Arntzen

  • January 30 - January 30
  • Grace Memorial United
  • 803 E 16 Ave
    Vancouver, BC V5T 2V7
  • Admission: Adults $19.62 / Seniors & Students $14.45 / Dancing only after 9:00PM $11.34
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Family Day at ArtStarts

  • February 09 - February 09
  • ArtStarts Gallery
  • 808 Richards St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3A7
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-336-0626
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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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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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