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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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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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Walk for Reconciliation

  • September 24 - September 24
  • Begins at Cambie and Georgia Streets. Ends at Pender and Carrall Streets
  • Vancouver, BC
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Watch and Learn Festival

  • August 19 - August 20
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place

  • July 27 - August 31
  • Canada Place - The North Point
  • 999 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3T4
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West End Farmers Market

  • May 27 - October 21
  • parking lot of Lord Roberts Elementary
  • 1100 Comox Street
    Vancouver, BC
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White Rock Sea Festival 2017

  • August 05 - August 06
  • Various locations
  • White Rock, BC
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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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Vancouver Foodie Tours presents Gastronomic Gastown Tour

  • November 16
  • Gassy Jack Statue
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2
  • Admission: $79.99 + $20 for optional alcoholic pairings
  • Phone: 604-295-8844
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Vancouver Mysteries presents Heroes & Villains Family Version

  • May 06
  • Downtown Vancouver Near Waterfront Station
  • 601 W Cordova St
    Vancouver, BC V6C 1G6
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