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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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2014 Vancouver Book Fair

  • October 04 - October 05
  • UBC Robson Square
  • 800 Robson Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Contact: Vancouver Book Fair
  • Venue: UBC Robson Square
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29th Annual Child Run

  • June 01 - June 01
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
  • 33rd Avenue and Cambie St
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2K3
  • Phone: 604-875-2444
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Park
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7th Annual Quayside Boardwalk Festival & Sale

  • August 17 - August 17
  • Quayside Esplanade, along Fraser River
  • 31 Reliance Court
    New Westminster, BC V3M 6C6
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: festival@quaysideboard.com
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Baker's Market

  • April 20 - May 04
  • Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre
  • 7646 Prince Albert Street
    Vancouver, BC V5X 1C7
  • Admission: FREE
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Broadway Across Canada presents FLASHDANCE

  • November 11 - November 16
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Broadway Across Canada presents THE BOOK OF MORMON

  • April 07 - April 12
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Broadway Across Canada presents WICKED

  • May 28 - June 29
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Cirque du Soleil presents TOTEM

  • May 16 - July 06
  • Under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place
  • Pacific Boulevard and Quebec Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Venue: Live Nation Canada
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Dongmei Dance presents WATER & LIFE - Chinese Folk Dance

  • June 20 - June 21
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $38.00 / $28.00
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Earth Day at Lonsdale Quay Market

  • April 22 - April 22
  • 123 Carrie Cates Court
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K7
  • Phone: 604-985-2191
  • Venue: Lonsdale Quay Market
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East Side Pride

  • June 28 - June 28
  • Grandview Park, Commercial Drive
  • Admission: FREE!
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Easter at Lonsdale Quay Market

  • April 20 - April 20
  • 123 Carrie Cates Court
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K7
  • Phone: 604-985-6261
  • Venue: Lonsdale Quay Market
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Easter at the Cannery!

  • April 18 - April 20
  • 12138 4th Ave
    Richmond, BC V7E 3J1
  • Contact: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
  • Phone: 604-664-9009
  • Venue: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
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Easter Egg Hunt

  • April 19 - April 19
  • Heywood Park
  • Hamilton Avenue at Marine Drive
    North Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-983-6575
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Easter Egg Hunt at Fort Langley National Historic Site

  • April 20 - April 20
  • Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
  • 23433 Mavis Avenue
    Fort Langley, BC V1M 2R5
  • Venue: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
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Essentia presents Monthly Photo Contest

  • December 02
  • Essentia
  • 2144 West 4th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V6K 1N6
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Angelo
  • Phone: 604-738-0321
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KALEIDOSCOPE – Circus in Technicolour

  • May 01 - May 04
  • PNE Forum
  • 2901 East Hastings Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Adults $20 / Youth (18 and Under) $13 / Students & Seniors $15 / School Group Rate (10+) $9
  • Phone: 604-252-3679
  • Venue: PNE Forum
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Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market

  • June 14 - October 11
  • East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V6M 3V2
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Vancouver Farmers Markets
  • Phone: 604-879-3276
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Kitsilano Farmers Market

  • May 11 - October 19
  • Kitsilano Community Centre
  • 2690 Larch St
    Vancouver, BC V6K 4K9
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Vancouver Farmers Markets
  • Phone: 604-879-3276
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Main Street Station Farmers Market

  • June 04 - October 01
  • Thornton Park
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Vancouver Farmers Markets
  • Phone: 604-879-3276
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Miniature Train at Stanley Park

  • May 03 - June 29
  • Stanley Park Miniature Train
  • Stanley Park
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-257-8531
  • Venue: Stanley Park Miniature Train
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Mt Pleasant Farmers Market

  • June 15 - October 12
  • Guelph Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Vancouver Farmers Markets
  • Phone: 604-879-3276
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