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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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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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Drum Is Calling Festival

  • July 22 - July 30
  • Larwill Park, Playhouse Theatre, Vancouver Public Library Atrium, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby, and QET Plaza
  • Vancouver, BC
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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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EVO Summer Cinema Series - Tuesdays at Stanley Park

  • July 04 - August 22
  • Second Beach
  • Stanley Park
    Vancouver, BC
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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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FĂȘte Francophone at Canada Place

  • June 24 - June 24
  • Canada Place
  • 999 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3T4
  • Admission: Free Event
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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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Gathering of Canoes

  • July 14 - July 14
  • Vanier Park
  • 1000 Chestnut St
    Vancouver, BC
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Goh Ballet presents The Nutcracker

  • December 14 - December 19
  • The Centre
  • 777 Homer Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2W1
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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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Grouse Mountain presents Canada Day at the Peak of Vancouver

  • July 01 - July 01
  • 6400 Nancy Greene Way
    North Vancovuer, BC V7R 4K9
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Harmony Arts Festival

  • August 04 - August 13
  • Various locations
  • West 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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Indian Summer Festival 2017

  • July 06 - July 15
  • Various Locations
  • Vancouver, BC
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Jazz Vespers presents "Gospel Comes Home" concert series

  • June 29 - June 29
  • St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
  • 100 -1022 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6E 4S7
  • Admission: By Donation
  • Phone: 604-683 4574
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Kanata Festival on Turtle Island

  • June 19 - July 01
  • Larwill Park
  • 688 Cambie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 1T9
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Kerrisdale Carnival Days 2017

  • April 28 - April 29
  • Vancouver, BC
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Kitsilano Farmers Market

  • May 07 - October 22
  • Kitsilano Community Centre
  • 10th Ave. & Larch St
    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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Lonsdale Quay Market presents Outdoor Movie Night - Beauty and the Beast 2017

  • September 03 - September 03
  • Lonsdale Quay Market
  • 123 Carrie Cates Court
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K7
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Main Street Station Farmers Market

  • May 31 - October 04
  • 1100 Station St
    Vancouver, BC
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