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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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Theatre Under the Stars presents Drowsy Chaperone

  • July 08 - August 19
  • Malkin Bowl
  • 610 Pipeline Rd
    Vancouver, BC
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Theatre Under the Stars presents Mary Poppins

  • July 07 - August 18
  • Malkin Bowl
  • 610 Pipeline Rd
    Vancouver, BC
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4th Annual VMO Live Symphony Performance at Jack Poole Plaza

  • July 27 - July 27
  • Jack Poole Plaza
  • 1055 Canada Place Way
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5
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Canada 150: Canada Goes Pacific

  • July 21 - July 23
  • various locations on Granville Island
  • 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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EVO Summer Cinema Series - Tuesdays at Stanley Park

  • July 04 - August 22
  • Second Beach
  • Stanley Park
    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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Main Street Station Farmers Market

  • May 31 - October 04
  • 1100 Station St
    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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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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RecycleFest

  • July 22 - July 22
  • Trout Lake
  • 3360 Victoria Dr
    Vancouver, BC V5N 4M4
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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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Riley Park Farmers Market

  • June 24 - October 07
  • 30th Avenue & Ontario Street
    Vancouver, BC
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The 4th Thai Festival

  • July 22 - July 23
  • Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza
  • 850 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7
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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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Theatre Under The Stars presents Storytime with Mary Poppins

  • July 29 - July 29
  • Indigo Granville
  • 2505 Granville Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3G7
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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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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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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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