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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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11th Annual Spot Prawn Festival

  • May 13 - May 13
  • Various locations on Granville Island
  • Granville Island
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival

  • July 08 - July 08
  • West 4th Avenue from Burrard Street to Macdonald Street
  • 202 - 1857 West 4th Ave
    Vancouver, BC V6J 1M4
  • Admission: FREE
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28th Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver

  • June 14 - June 27
  • Various locations
  • Vancouver, BC
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29th Annual Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival

  • June 23 - June 25
  • False Creek
  • 1455 Quebec Street
    Vancouver , BC
  • Admission: Free
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39th ANNUAL VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE

  • August 06 - August 06
  • Vancouver Pride Society
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604-687-0955
  • Venue: Vancouver Pride Society
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40th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival

  • July 13 - July 16
  • Jericho Beach Park
  • 3941 Point Grey Rd
    Vancouver, BC V6R 1B5
  • Admission: $45.00 - $155.00
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4th Annual VMO Live Symphony Performance at Jack Poole Plaza

  • July 27 - July 27
  • Jack Poole Plaza
  • 1055 Canada Place Way
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5
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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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Bastille Day Festival 2017

  • July 14 - July 14
  • The Roundhouse
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
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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 150: Canada Goes Pacific

  • July 21 - July 23
  • various locations on Granville Island
  • Vancouver, BC
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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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Canada Day on Granville Island

  • July 01 - July 01
  • Granville Island
  • Vancouver, BC
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Canada Day on Robson Street

  • July 01 - July 01
  • Robson Street From Burrard to Denman
  • Robson Street
    Vancouver, BC
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Canada Day Vancouver Convention Centre Open House 2017

  • July 01 - July 01
  • Vancouver Convention Centre West
  • 1055 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
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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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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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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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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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Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

  • May 19 - May 22
  • 6050A-176th Street
    Surrey, BC V3S 4E7
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