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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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BC Children's Hospital presents Hope for the Holidays

  • December 21 - December 21
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 884 Granville St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4
  • Admission: $43.24 - $163.74
  • Venue: Orpheum Theatre
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Canada Ice Dance Theatre presents Holiday Ice Spectacular

  • December 05 - December 05
  • Minoru Arenas
  • 7551 Minoru Gate
    Richmond, BC V6Y 1R8
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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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28th Annual Festival of Trees

  • November 20 - January 04
  • Four Seasons Hotel and Pacific Centre
  • 701 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-875-2345
  • Venue: Pacific Centre Leaseholds Limited
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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 presents: Think Bigg with Trent Arterberry

  • November 29 - November 29
  • ArtStarts Gallery
  • 808 Richards Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3A7
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-336-0626
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Baker's Market - Holiday Goodies Galore

  • November 22 - December 06
  • Moberly Arts and Cultural Center
  • 7646 Prince Albert Street
    Vancouver, BC V5X 3Z4
  • Admission: FREE
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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 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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Canadian Football Hall of Fame Weekend

  • November 28 - December 01
  • 655 Burrard St
    Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7
  • Venue: Hyatt Regency Vancouver
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Christmas at Lonsdale Quay Market 2014

  • November 28 - December 24
  • Lonsdale Quay Market
  • 123 Carrie Cates Court
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K7
  • Phone: 604-985-2191
  • Venue: Lonsdale Quay Market
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Disney On Ice Presents Let's Party!

  • November 26 - November 30
  • 2901 Hastings East
    Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1
  • Admission: $25.00 - $85.00 (plus fees)
  • Venue: Pacific National Exhibition
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Dwellings Talk Series: Wildlife in the City

  • November 08 - January 10
  • ArtStarts Gallery
  • 808 Richards Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
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Edgewater Casino GREY CUP Tailgate Party

  • November 30 - November 30
  • Edgewater Casino
  • 311 - 750 South Pacific Blvd
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5E7
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 778-833-0294
  • Venue: Edgewater Casino
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Family Day at Roedde House Museum

  • December 07 - December 07
  • Roedde House Museum Holiday Events
  • 1415 Barclay Street
    Vancouver, BC V6G 1J6
  • Admission: By Donation
  • Phone: 604-684-7040
  • Venue: Roedde House Museum
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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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Holidays at the Vancouver Aquarium

  • November 27 - January 04
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • 845 Avison Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3X8
  • Venue: Vancouver Aquarium
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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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Nathaniel Stookey: The Composer is Dead!

  • November 30 - November 30
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 601 Smithe Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $19-28
  • Phone: 604-876-3434
  • Venue: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
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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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Sounds of the Season

  • November 28 - December 24
  • Willowbrook Shopping Centre
  • 19705 Fraser Highway
    Langley, BC V3A 7E9
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Customer Service
  • Phone: 604-530-4492
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The Cultch presents Cinderella: An East Van Panto

  • December 03 - December 28
  • Cultch, The (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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The Cultch presents Motherload

  • February 03 - February 21
  • Cultch, The (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks

  • January 27 - January 27
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Venue: Canucks Sports & Entertainment
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