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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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Legally Blonde: The Musical

  • July 12 - August 29
  • Theatre Under The Stars Musical Society
  • Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
    Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
  • Admission: $20.00 - $45.00
  • Contact: Theatre Under The Stars
  • Phone: 604-696-4295
  • Venue: Theatre Under The Stars Musical Society
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Shrek: The Musical

  • July 11 - August 30
  • Theatre Under The Stars Musical Society
  • Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
    Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
  • Admission: $20.00 - $45.00
  • Contact: Theatre Under The Stars
  • Phone: 604-696-4295
  • Venue: Theatre Under The Stars Musical Society
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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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Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins

  • December 05 - January 04
  • Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
  • 2750 Granville Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Venue: Arts Club Theatre Company - Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
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ArtStarts on Saturdays presents Celebrating Seasonal Birds: Printmaking with Colette Lisoway

  • August 30 - August 30
  • ArtStarts Gallery
  • 808 Richards Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3A7
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Siobhan Rich
  • Phone: 604-336-0626
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Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit

  • June 28 - November 02
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • 1905 Ogden Ave
    Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3
  • Admission: $11.00 Adults, $8.50 Children/Seniors/Students, $30.00 Family
  • Contact: Visitor Services
  • Phone: 604-257-8300
  • Venue: Vancouver Maritime Museum
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Ballroom Dance: “Robson Square Summer Dance Series”

  • June 27 - August 29
  • Robson Square
  • 800 Robson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7
  • Admission: Free
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BC Motorcycle Racing presented by MISSION RACEWAY

  • September 27 - September 28
  • Mission Raceway Park
  • 32670 Dyke Rd
    Mission, BC V2V 5V6
  • Admission: $10.00 Adutls / Children 12 and under free
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Bollywood Under The Stars

  • August 22 - August 22
  • Unwin Park
  • 13313 68 Avenue
    Surrey, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Neesha Hothi
  • Phone: 604-715-6057
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Book Signing: MY HOMETOWN, MY FURUSATO by Chuck Tasaka

  • August 23 - August 23
  • Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
  • 6688 Southoaks Crescent
    Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7
  • Admission: Free Admission
  • Contact: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
  • Phone: 604-777-7000
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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 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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Cates Park FREE Summer Concerts

  • July 12 - August 23
  • Cates Park
    North Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free!
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CBC Musical Nooners Free Concerts

  • July 04 - August 22
  • CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre
  • 700 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 4A2
  • Admission: Free Admission
  • Contact: Leo Damian
  • Phone: 604-662-6620
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Fort Farm Fest

  • August 31 - September 01
  • Fort Langley National Historic Site
  • 23433 Mavis Avenue
    Fort Langley, BC V1M 2R5
  • Admission: Regular Admission
  • Contact: Hayley Slipiec
  • Phone: 604-513-4777
  • Venue: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
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Free Waterfront Zumba® at Canada Place

  • July 07 - August 25
  • Canada Place
  • 999 Canada Place, the North Point
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
  • Venue: Canada Place
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Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup: B.C. Shorelines Need Your Help

  • September 01 - October 31
  • Your local community
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Shoreline Cleanup
  • Phone: 1-877-427-2422
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Il Mercato: Italian Night Market Vancouver 2014

  • August 15 - November 21
  • 3075 Slocan Street
    Vancouver, BC V5M 4P5
  • Phone: 604-430-3337
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Kayak for a Cure

  • August 23 - August 23
  • Jericho Sailing Centre
  • 1300 DISCOVERY ST
    Vancouver, BC V6R 4L9
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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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MetamorFest

  • September 27 - September 27
  • Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
  • 800 East Broadway
    Vancouver, BC V5T 1Y1
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-879-8208
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Metro Theatre presents Aladdin

  • December 12 - January 03
  • Metro Theatre
  • 1370 SW Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6P 5Z9
  • Venue: Metro Theatre
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