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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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Theatre Under the Stars presents Mary Poppins

  • July 07 - August 26
  • Malkin Bowl
  • 610 Pipeline Rd
    Vancouver, BC
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Abbotsford International Airshow 2017

  • August 11 - August 13
  • Abbotsford International Airport
  • 1595 Townline Road
    Abbotsford , BC V2T 6E1
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Blackout: Night Sky Festival

  • August 12 - August 12
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • 6393 NW Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
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City of North Vancouver presents 2017 Fun City Festival

  • August 12 - August 13
  • Lower Lonsdale
  • North Vancouver, BC
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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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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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Riley Park Farmers Market

  • June 24 - October 07
  • 30th Avenue & Ontario Street
    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 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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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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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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