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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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Goh Ballet presents The Nutcracker

  • December 14 - December 19
  • The Centre
  • 777 Homer Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2W1
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Harmony Arts Festival

  • August 04 - August 13
  • Various locations
  • West Vancouver, BC
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Illumination Summer Night Market

  • May 05 - September 10
  • RIchmond Night Market
  • 8351 River Road
    Richmond, 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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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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Mexico Tourist Board presents Market Mexico at Robson Square

  • September 16 - September 16
  • UBC Robson Square
  • 800 Robson Street
    Vancouver, BC
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Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

  • May 28 - October 08
  • Dude Chilling Park
  • 8th Ave. & Guelph St
    Vancouver, BC
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Pet-A-Palooza Vancouver

  • August 27 - August 27
  • 1100 Block of Mainland Street
  • 1100 Mainland Street
    Vancouver, BC
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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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Presentation House Theatre and Mexico's Marionetas de la Esquina presents Sleeping Beauty Dreams

  • October 13 - October 22
  • Presentation House Theatre
  • 333 Chesterfield Avenue
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9
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Presentation House Theatre presents Where The Wild Things Are

  • October 13 - October 22
  • Presentation House Theatre
  • 333 Chesterfield Avenue
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9
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Richmond Maritime Festival 2017

  • August 12 - August 13
  • Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site in Steveston
  • 5180 Westwater Drive
    Richmond, BC V7E 6S2
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Richmond Night Market 2017

  • May 12 - October 08
  • RIchmond Night Market
  • 8351 River Road
    Richmond, BC
  • Admission: $3.75, Free for children 10 & under & seniors 60 and over
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Richmond World Festival 2017

  • September 01 - September 02
  • Minoru Park & Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza
  • 7191 Granville Avenue
    Richmond, BC V6Y 4G2
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Riley Park Farmers Market

  • June 24 - October 07
  • 30th Avenue & Ontario Street
    Vancouver, BC
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Riverfest 2017

  • September 23 - September 23
  • Westminister Quay Boardwalk
  • 788 Quayside Drive
    New Westminister, BC
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Solar Eclipse 2017 at Science World

  • August 21 - August 21
  • Science World British Columbia
  • TELUS World of Science
    Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7
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Solar Eclipse Watching Party

  • August 21 - August 21
  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
  • 1100 Chestnut St
    Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9
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TaiwanFest - Kampai Japan

  • September 02 - September 04
  • Various locations
  • Vancouver, BC
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TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival

  • August 12 - August 13
  • Columbia and Keefer
  • Columbia street at Keefer Street
    Vancouver, BC
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The Fair at the PNE 2017

  • August 19 - September 04
  • Pacific National Exhibition
  • 2901 Hastings East
    Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1
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The Vancouver Maritime Museum presents The Lost Fleet

  • June 14 - March 25
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • 1905 Ogden Ave
    Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3
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Trout Lake Farmers Market

  • May 06 - October 21
  • Parking lot of John Hendry Park
  • Lakewood Dr. & East 13th Ave
    Vancouver, BC
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UNINTERRUPTED

  • June 28 - September 30
  • Vancouver's Cambie Street Bridge
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
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