News flash. It’s Spring Break in a few days (gulp). If the kids are too young for camps or you like to spend some time off exploring with the kids, there are lots of great family activities around Vancouver. Think wild rides, beaching, learning, swimming, festivals, hiking and even shopping.
The Powerhouse at Stave Falls is a 100-year-old power generating facility and a National Historic Site of Canada. It’s a great place to take kids with lots of interactive and historic displays. Be sure to check out the Tesla coil electricity demonstration.
This street fair takes place March 17 & 18 at Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza features Celtic music groups, highland games demos, BC’s best pipe bands, amazing street performers, festive vendors, food, face painting, and more! And it’s free from noon to 7 pm both days with a $10 cover charge from 7 pm to close at 11 pm.
For the kids who can’t wait until the PNE opens, BC Place transforms itself into an indoor amusement park full of rides and snacks and games for 4 days over the break. $29 for a day pass. Runs March 22-26.
Celebrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) in space with daily programming during spring break from 12 pm – 3 pm. Build a rocket, learn about black holes and sundials, make a model of the famous Hubble telescope.
Steveston Village is a family paradise. There’s a wonderful playground for little ones as well as a series of great beaches at Garry Point Park. Plus Pajo’s for lunch as well as loads of cafes and ice cream shops. Check out the boats, kick the ball around., ride bikes or visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.
The New Maker Break exhibit runs from March 11 – 26. Try your hand at designing a speedy but safe model bobsled or construct a castle from sticks and rubber bands. Meet guest makers and take in a performance by Fizzical Physics. Let your creativity loose in the Tinkering Space where you can take on a variety of challenges that combine science, art and technology.
UBC has a brand new aquatic centre. Bring the kids during the break to check it out. It features a leisure pool with a lazy river, recreation pool with two diving boards, and competition pool. Afterwards, head to Wesbrook Village for Menchies or lunch at Biercraft. If the kids still have energy, go to one of the four wonderful playgrounds!
Check out family friendly Tsawwassen Mills shopping mall during Spring Break. Kids will enjoy watching – or trying the indoor skate park at West 49. You can also check out the themed bowling alley at Bass Pro Shops. Great play area in the Nature neighbourhood.
Free Admission with a Discovery Pass. Travel back in time to the 1800s with a visit to the former Hudson’s Bay Company trading post. There are musket demos, blacksmithing, panning for gold and lots more. Plus the village of Fort Langley is a delight. Head to the train or water after you pick up an ice cream!
Pick up coffee and fresh croissant at Snug Café and head for a walk around Killarney Lake. Or walk to the rocky beach and thrown rocks in the lilypads (or perhaps over the lilypads). If you want to go farther, drive over to Cape Roger Curtis and wander along the trail admiring the views. Who knows? You might even see see an orca pod.