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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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Extended Summer Hours at Vancouver Aquarium

  • August 02 - August 30
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • 845 Avison Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3X8
  • Phone: 604-659-3400
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Pirate Adventures

  • August 19 - October 02
  • Pirate Adventures Canada
  • 1820 Mast Tower Road
    Vancouver, BC V6H 4B6
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Theatre Under the Stars presents Drowsy Chaperone

  • July 08 - August 25
  • Malkin Bowl
  • 610 Pipeline Rd
    Vancouver, BC
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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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Vancouver Whale Watch - Whale Watching Tour

  • August 19 - October 31
  • Vancouver Whale Watch
  • 210 - 12240 Second Ave
    Richmond, BC V7E 3L8
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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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Civic Theatres presents Sunset Cinema

  • August 09 - August 30
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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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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EVO Summer Cinema Series - Tuesdays at Stanley Park

  • July 04 - August 22
  • Second Beach
  • Stanley Park
    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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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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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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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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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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