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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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Camilo the Magician Presents: SUPERNATURAL

  • February 19 - February 27
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Venue: Granville Island Stage
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Dancers of Damelahamid presents Coastal First Nations Dance Festival - Signature Evening Performance

  • March 04 - March 05
  • 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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"Magnificent Melodies" VSO Elementary School Concert

  • February 11 - February 15
  • The Orpheum Theatre
  • 601 Smithe Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $7.50
  • Contact: Education Assistant
  • Phone: 604-684-9100
  • Venue: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
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Broadway Across Canada presents MAMMA MIA!

  • March 29 - April 03
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 649 Cambie Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Contact: 1-866-542-7469
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Family Day at Fort Langley National Historic Site

  • February 06 - February 08
  • Fort Langley National Historic Site
  • 23433 Mavis Avenue
    Fort Langley, BC V1M 2R5
  • Admission: Adults $7.80, Children $3.90
  • Phone: 604-513-4777
  • Venue: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
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Festival du Bois

  • March 04 - March 06
  • Mackin Park
  • 1046 Brunette Avenue
    Coquitlam, BC V3K 1C9
  • Admission: $20 adults, $10 students & seniors, $7 kids, children <5 free
  • Contact: Johanne Dumas
  • Phone: 604-515-7070
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Flight of the Dragon at FlyOver Canada

  • January 14 - March 06
  • FlyOver Canada
  • 201 - 999 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
  • Admission: Various Prices
  • Contact: FlyOver Canada
  • Phone: 604-620-8455
  • Venue: FlyOver Canada
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Spring Break at Fort Langley National Historic Site

  • March 12 - March 26
  • 23433 Mavis Avenue
    Fort Langley, BC V1M 2R5
  • Admission: Adults $7.80, Children $3.90
  • Venue: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
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Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks

  • February 18 - February 18
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Admission: Various Prices
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Vancouver Canucks vs Arizona Coyotes

  • March 09 - March 09
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Admission: Various Prices
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Vancouver Canucks vs Chicago Blackhawks

  • March 27 - March 27
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Admission: Various Prices
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Vancouver Canucks vs Colorado Avalanche

  • February 21 - February 21
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Admission: Various Prices
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Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers

  • April 09 - April 09
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Admission: Various Prices
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Vancouver Canucks vs Los Angeles Kings

  • April 04 - April 04
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Admission: Various Prices
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Vancouver Canucks vs Nashville Predators

  • March 12 - March 12
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Admission: Various Prices
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Vancouver Canucks vs New York Islanders

  • March 01 - March 01
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Admission: Various Prices
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Vancouver Canucks vs Ottawa Senators

  • February 25 - February 25
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Admission: Various Prices
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Vancouver Canucks vs San Jose Sharks

  • February 28 - February 28
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Admission: Various Prices
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Vancouver Canucks vs St Louis Blues

  • March 19 - March 19
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Admission: Various Prices
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Vancouver Canucks vs Winnipeg Jets

  • March 14 - March 14
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Admission: Various Prices
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VSO Kids Koncerts! Al Simmons: Symphonic Shenanigans

  • May 08 - May 08
  • The Orpheum Theatre
  • 601 Smithe Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-684-9100
  • Venue: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
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VSO Tiny Tots! Jumpin' Jazz Time!

  • February 19 - February 19
  • Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
  • 600 Hamilton St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $2 - $15
  • Phone: 604-684-9100
  • Venue: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
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