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Vancouver’s 30 Best Family-Friendly Places to Explore the Arts: Performing Arts

Vancouver’s 30 Best Family-Friendly Places to Explore the Arts: Performing Arts

This week we’re sharing the nominees for Vancouver’s best places to explore the arts with your family. Today, we’re featuring these six performing arts organizations:

  • Arts Umbrella
  • Ballet BC
  • Carousel Theatre
  • Gateway Theatre
  • New Works Dance Allsorts
  • Vancouver Symphony

Arts Umbrella


Arts Umbrella offers visual and performing arts eduction to young people regardless of their skill level or financial circumstances, from pre-school to pre-professional programs. If you can dream it, they probably offer a class: architecture, cartooning, computer and classical animation, dance, film making, media arts, painting and drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, theatre and video game design.
“High quality and experienced instructors, a variety of program types, amazing direction for taking the ideas home.”
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Ballet BC

Many children’s first exposure to ballet is The Nutcracker, a perennial favourite at Ballet BC. The season includes a variety of Canadian and international contemporary ballet presented by our own acclaimed company.

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Gateway Theatre

This Richmond theatre produces kid-friendly plays, offers acting, musical theatre and voice lessons, and hosts performances such as classical music and dance recitals.

“There’s always something family friendly going. Kids love an action-packed musical and there are two coming up in 2011.”
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New Works Dance Allsorts

Local dance company New Works presents “all sorts of dance for all sorts of people,” as well as Dance Allsorts Workshops, designed for all ages and abilities.

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“Pay what you can performances Sundays at the Roundhouse, a great and inexpensive way to introduce children to dance.”
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Vancouver Symphony

An entire symphony might be too much for young children, but the Vancouver Symphony holds Tiny Tots concerts at the Vancouver Playhouse, led by professional music educators and musicians Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda, who incorporate standing and stretching for the little ones.

“Wonderful, age-appropriate concerts. They’re entertaining for parents too.”
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