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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 TD Chinatown Festival 2014

  • August 09 - August 10
  • Keefer St and Columbia St
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-632-3808
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2014 Summer Craft Market

  • July 24 - July 27
  • Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver Convention Centre West
  • 1075 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
  • Admission: FREE!
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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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27th Annual Squamish Nation PowWow

  • August 29 - August 31
  • Capilano Reserve Park
  • 100 Mathias Road
    West Vancouver, BC V7P 1P7
  • Admission: $5.00
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36th Annual Vancouver PRIDE Parade

  • August 03 - August 03
  • The parade begins at Robson Street and Thurlow Street
  • Admission: FREE!
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5 Peaks Trail Running Race - Cypress Mountain

  • July 26 - July 26
  • Cypress Mountain
  • Cypress Mountain
    West Vancouver, BC V7V 3N9
  • Admission: $52.50
  • Venue: Cypress Mountain
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8th Annual Quayside Boardwalk Festival & Sale

  • August 16 - August 16
  • Quayside Esplanade, along Fraser River
  • 31 Reliance Court
    New Westminster, BC V3M 6C6
  • Admission: Free Admission
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ART ATTACK! Studio East Summer Art Program for Kids

  • July 07 - July 25
  • Studio East
  • 1480 Frances Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 1Y9
  • Admission: $45.00/class $195.00/week
  • Contact: Studio East
  • Phone: 604-220-6093
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Art Deco Walking Tour

  • August 09 - August 09
  • Christ Church Cathedral patio
  • 690 Burrard Street
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3L1
  • Admission: $15.00
  • Contact: Vancouver Heritage Foundation
  • Phone: 604-264-9642
  • Venue: Vancouver Heritage Foundation
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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 Story Fabrics with Ewa Sniatycka

  • July 26 - July 26
  • ArtStarts Gallery
  • 808 Richards Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3A7
  • Admission: Free
  • 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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BC Motorcycle Racing presented by MISSION RACEWAY

  • July 26 - July 27
  • Mission Raceway Park
  • 32670 Dyke Rd
    Mission, BC V2V 5V6
  • Admission: $10.00 Adutls / Children 12 and under free
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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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Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program presents Love’s Labour’s Lost

  • July 25 - August 09
  • Performance Works
  • 1218 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
  • Admission: FREE!
  • Phone: 604-669-3410
  • Venue: Performance Works
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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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Dancing in the Street #2 with the New Orleans Ale Stars

  • July 27 - July 27
  • Granville Street @ Robson
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Kaitlin
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Dancing in the Street #3 with Air Mail Special

  • August 10 - August 10
  • Granville Street @ Robson (on the street)
  • Granville Street @ Robson
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Kaitlin
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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars

  • August 07 - August 07
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • 578 Carrall St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2
  • Phone: 604-662-207
  • Venue: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents Jim Byrnes

  • July 24 - July 24
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • 578 Carrall St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2
  • Phone: 604-662-207
  • Venue: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
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