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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 penguins.  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 on waterfront Granville Island


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2017 Vancouver Christmas Market

  • November 22 - December 24
  • Vancouver Christmas Market
  • Jack Poole Plaza
    Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
  • Admission: Tickets from Adult $10 – Children Age 0-6, FREE. Purchase online to receive a complimentary Season Pass! Ticket bookings and further details at: vancouverchristmasmarket.com
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Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge 2017

  • November 23 - January 28
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • 3735 Capilano Road
    North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1
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Chor Leoni Men's Choir 2017/18 Season

  • November 11 - July 02
  • various locations
  • Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3
  • Admission: various prices
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Cirque Du Soleil presents Kurios Cabinet of Curiosities

  • October 19 - December 31
  • Under the Grand Chapeau - Concord Pacific Place
  • 88 Pacific Blvd
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R6
  • Admission: starting at $49.00

Extended Summer Hours at Vancouver Aquarium

  • August 02 - August 30
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • 845 Avison Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3X8
  • Phone: 604-659-3400
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Karaoke Christmas Light Tour with Vancouver Trolley

  • December 01 - December 29
  • Meet at Canada Place
  • 999 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3T4
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Pirate Adventures

  • August 19 - October 02
  • Pirate Adventures Canada
  • 1820 Mast Tower Road
    Vancouver, BC V6H 4B6
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PJ Masks LIVE! Time To Be A Hero

  • December 07 - December 07
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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Raffi

  • November 05 - November 05
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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The Wiggles Big Show Tour

  • November 04 - November 04
  • The Centre
  • 777 Homer Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2W1
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The Wild Kratts Live! Tickets

  • September 23 - September 23
  • The Centre
  • 777 Homer Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2W1
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Theatre Under the Stars presents Drowsy Chaperone

  • July 08 - August 25
  • Malkin Bowl
  • 610 Pipeline Rd
    Vancouver, BC
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Theatre Under the Stars presents Mary Poppins

  • July 07 - August 26
  • Malkin Bowl
  • 610 Pipeline Rd
    Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver Whale Watch - Whale Watching Tour

  • August 19 - October 31
  • Vancouver Whale Watch
  • 210 - 12240 Second Ave
    Richmond, BC V7E 3L8
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Beaty Biodiversity Museum presents Life in Colour

  • September 16 - February 18
  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • Department of Science
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
  • Admission: Included in Admission
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Carousel Theatre for Young People presents Spirit Horse

  • April 21 - April 29
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
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Carousel Theatre for Young People presents The Gruffalo

  • April 06 - April 15
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
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Carousel Theatre for Young People presents the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

  • November 25 - December 31
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
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Carousel Theatre for Young People presents The Velveteen Rabbit

  • March 03 - March 25
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
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Carousel Theatre for Young People presents We Three

  • June 05 - June 17
  • Bee Stage
  • 1411 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R7
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Civic Theatres presents Sunset Cinema

  • August 09 - August 30
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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Culture Days 2017

  • September 29 - October 01
  • Various locations
  • Vancouver , BC
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Downtown Farmers Market

  • June 01 - October 05
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
  • 688 Hamilton St. at Georgia St.
    Vancouver, BC
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EVO Summer Cinema Series - Tuesdays at Stanley Park

  • July 04 - August 22
  • Second Beach
  • Stanley Park
    Vancouver, BC
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First Welcome - Hych'Ka

  • September 30 - September 30
  • Lower Lonsdale
  • 200 Esplanade West
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 1A4
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