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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 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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40th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival

  • July 14 - July 16
  • Jericho Beach Park
  • 3941 Point Grey Rd
    Vancouver, BC V6R 1B5
  • Admission: $45.00 - $155.00
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Abbotsford International Airshow 2017

  • August 11 - August 13
  • Abbotsford International Airport
  • 1595 Townline Road
    Abbotsford , BC V2T 6E1
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Burnaby Village Museum presents Canada Day - It's a Party!

  • July 01 - July 01
  • Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
  • 6501 Deer Lake Ave
    Burnaby, BC V5G 3T6
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-297-4565
  • Venue: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
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Burnaby Village Museum presents Father's Day Fun

  • June 18 - June 18
  • Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
  • 6501 Deer Lake Ave
    Burnaby, BC V5G 3T6
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-297-4565
  • Venue: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
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Canada Day at Canada Place 2017

  • July 01 - July 02
  • Canada Place
  • 999 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3T4
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Carnaval del Sol

  • July 08 - July 09
  • Concord Pacific Place
  • 88 Pacific Boulevard
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R6
  • Admission: Free Event
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City of Bhangra Festival 2017

  • June 11 - June 17
  • Various locations
  • Vancouver , BC
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City of North Vancouver presents 2017 Fun City Festival

  • August 12 - August 13
  • Lower Lonsdale
  • North Vancouver, BC
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Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

  • May 19 - May 22
  • 6050A-176th Street
    Surrey, BC V3S 4E7
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Engine 374 130th Anniversary Celebration

  • May 21 - May 21
  • The Roundhouse Turntable
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
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Fairmont Mother's Day Run

  • May 14 - May 14
  • Ceperley Park, Stanley Park
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $29.00 - $59.00
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Fête Francophone at Canada Place

  • June 24 - June 24
  • Canada Place
  • 999 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3T4
  • Admission: Free Event
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Greek Day on Broadway 2017

  • June 25 - June 25
  • Broadway between MacDonald and Blenheim
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free
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Greek Summerfest 2017

  • July 06 - July 16
  • St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church
  • 4641 Boundary Road
    Vancouver, BC
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Honda Celebration of Light 2017

  • August 02 - August 05
  • English Bay
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free with VIP Paid seating areas
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HUB Cycling presents Bike to Work Week 2017

  • May 29 - June 04
  • Various locations
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free
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Illumination Summer Night Market

  • May 05 - September 10
  • RIchmond Night Market
  • 8351 River Road
    Richmond, BC
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Kerrisdale Carnival Days 2017

  • April 28 - April 29
  • Vancouver, BC
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Latin American Week

  • June 30 - July 09
  • Various locations around Vancouver
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free Event
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National Aboriginal Celebration at Canada Place

  • June 17 - June 17
  • Canada Place
  • 999 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3T4
  • Admission: Free Event
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Pals Chorus presents Can't Stop the Feelin'

  • June 07 - June 07
  • The Roundhouse Turntable
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
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Playland at the PNE

  • May 08 - September 15
  • 2901 East Hastings Street
    Vancouver, BC V5K5J1
  • Admission: $33.00 - $99.00 / children 3 and under and Seniors 65 and older are free
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Richmond Night Market 2017

  • May 12 - October 08
  • RIchmond Night Market
  • 8351 River Road
    Richmond, BC
  • Admission: $3.25, Free for children 10 & under & seniors 60 and over
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Roundhouse 20th Anniversary Celebration

  • May 13 - May 13
  • The Roundhouse
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
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Run Canada Day 2017

  • July 01 - July 01
  • UBC Wesbrook Village – UBC Running Room
  • 3308 Wesbrook Mall
    Vancouver, BC V6S 0A8
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