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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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Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k

  • June 25 - June 25
  • 8901 Stanley Park Dr
    Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2
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Ships to Shore King of the Sea 2017

  • May 05 - May 07
  • Garry Point Park
  • 5180 Westwater Dr
    Steveston, BC
  • Admission: Free
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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Kid's Koncerts - Classical Kids - Mozart's Magnificent Voyage

  • January 07 - January 07
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 800 Block Granville Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
  • Admission: Individual tickets on sale August 21, 2017 at 10:00AM
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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Kid's Koncerts - Fred Penner

  • October 08 - October 08
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 800 Block Granville Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
  • Admission: Individual tickets on sale August 21, 2017 at 10:00AM
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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Kid's Koncerts - Magic Circle Mime - Music, Noise & Silence

  • April 08 - April 08
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 800 Block Granville Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
  • Admission: Individual tickets on sale August 21, 2017 at 10:00AM
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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Kid's Koncerts - Platypus Theatre - Peter and the Wolf

  • February 11 - February 11
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • 800 Block Granville Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
  • Admission: Individual tickets on sale August 21, 2017 at 10:00AM
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World Rivers Day Celebrations

  • September 24 - September 24
  • Burnaby Village Museum
  • 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
    Burnaby, BC V5G 3T6
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-297-4565
  • Venue: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
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Rogers Arena Tours

  • April 18
  • Rogers Arena
  • 800 Griffiths Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • Venue: Rogers Arena
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