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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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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival

  • May 28 - June 04
  • Granville Island
  • Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3
  • Admission: $25.10 per adult, $15.13 per child, or $6 for an activity zone (only) wristband
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: A Heart in Winter

  • May 30 - June 04
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Aché Brasil

  • May 29 - June 04
  • Performance Works & Revue Stage
  • 1218 Cartwright St & 1601 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Afrique en Cirque

  • May 29 - June 04
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Birthday Party

  • May 28 - May 28
  • Performance Works & Revue Stage
  • 1218 Cartwright St & 1601 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Charlotte Diamond

  • June 04 - June 04
  • Carousel Studio
  • 1411 Cartwright St
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Clancy and the Wild Moccassins

  • May 29 - June 03
  • Performance Works and Revue Stage
  • 1218 Cartwright St & 1601 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Fred and Friends

  • June 03 - June 03
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Fred Penner

  • May 30 - June 02
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Grug and the Rainbow

  • May 30 - June 04
  • Performance Works
  • 1218 Cartwright St
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Le groupe Swing

  • May 29 - June 02
  • Revue Stage
  • 1601 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Pulse

  • May 29 - June 04
  • Studio 1398
  • 1398 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Ruploops

  • May 29 - June 03
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: The Canada Show

  • May 29 - June 03
  • Revue Stage
  • 1601 Johnston St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: The Itch of the Golden Nit

  • May 29 - June 04
  • Carousel Studio
  • 1411 Cartwright St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Variety Show

  • June 03 - June 03
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival:National Film Board – Animated Shorts

  • May 29 - June 04
  • Carousel Studio
  • 1411 Cartwright St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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28th Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver

  • June 14 - June 27
  • Various locations
  • Vancouver, BC
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Burnaby Village Museum presents Father's Day Fun

  • June 18 - June 18
  • Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
  • 6501 Deer Lake Ave
    Burnaby, BC V5G 3T6
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-297-4565
  • Venue: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
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City of Bhangra Festival 2017

  • June 11 - June 17
  • Various locations
  • 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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Downtown Farmers Market

  • June 01 - October 05
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
  • 688 Hamilton St. at Georgia St.
    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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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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