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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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11th Annual Spot Prawn Festival

  • May 13 - May 13
  • Various locations on Granville Island
  • Granville Island
    Vancouver, BC
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Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

  • May 19 - May 22
  • 6050A-176th Street
    Surrey, BC V3S 4E7
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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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Fairmont Mother's Day Run

  • May 14 - May 14
  • Ceperley Park, Stanley Park
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $29.00 - $59.00
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Illumination Summer Night Market

  • May 05 - September 10
  • RIchmond Night Market
  • 8351 River Road
    Richmond, BC
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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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Natural Resources Canada Discovery Centre Science Canada 150 Open House

  • May 05 - May 05
  • Discovery Centre
  • 605 Robson street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5J3
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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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Point Grey Village Spring Festival

  • May 13 - May 13
  • West 10th Avenue and Sasamat Street
    Vancouver, BC
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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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Roundhouse 20th Anniversary Celebration

  • May 13 - May 13
  • The Roundhouse
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
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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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The Gulf of Georgia Cannery presents The Pull of the Net

  • May 06 - May 06
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
  • 12138 4th Ave
    Richmond, BC V7E 3J1
  • Admission: Free Event
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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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Vancouver Cabaret presents I Hate Children Children's Show

  • May 20 - May 20
  • Norman Rothstein Theatre
  • 950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
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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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