Vancouver is buzzing with two major foodie fests: The Hot Chocolate Fest and Dine Out Vancouver plus a ton of Lunar New Year festivities. There’s also science jamboree in East Van, free art-making at the CAG. And that’s not all. It’s also the annual Vive les Voyageurs weekend featuring all things Métis at the Fort Langley National Historic Site, and boat-obsessed kids will love Super Saturday at Fraser River Discovery Centre.
Eight family friendly events this weekend in Vancouver
Lunar New Year Events
January 24 – February 8 2020 Various Locations
Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Rat at any number of locations. Check out the festivities at Metropolis at Metrotown, Chinatown in Vancouver, Aberdeen Mall in Richmond and many more locations! Watch performances, take part in crafts for all ages, and check out the Lion Dance.
Super Saturdays at the Fraser River Discovery Centre
Saturday January 25 2020 New Westminister
Ever wanted to be the captain of your very own boat? Well here’s your chance! Learn all about the plucky tugboats that carry huge quantities of goods and materials up and down the Fraser, and make your very own origami boat to take home with you after your visit!
Vive les Voyageurs
January 25 & 26 2020 Fort Langley
Tap your feet to the beat of French-Canadian music at Fort Langley National Historic Site’s annual Vive les Voyageurs Festival. Participate in traditional foods, music and culture of the 19th century French-Canadian and Métis fur traders. Kids are free with a paying adult.
East Van Science and Maker Jamboree
Saturday January 25, East Vancouver
Enjoy a day of fun science and maker activities including is a repair cafe, so bring out your broken appliances, torn clothing and anything else you would like fixed. Event includes shows by Science World at 11:00 and 2:30.
Family Day At the CAG *FREE*
Saturday January 25 2020 Vancouver
For this very special Family Day, artist duo Leisure leads a public activation of their installation, Conversations with Magic Forms. Artists young and old will play String Game, where they stretch, weave and tie ropes across CAG’s North Gallery in a collective action. All ages and abilities welcome!
Canyon Lights – Final Weekend
until January 26, 2020
Last chance to wander across the suspension bridge all lit up with twinkling lights and explore the tree top bridges on the other side. Be sure to check out the light show on the cliff face. NB: you can’t take strollers on the bridge or the Cliff Walk, so be prepared with a carrier.
In case you missed them – Two delicious ongoing festivals
Dine Out Vancouver
Until February 2 2020
Whether you go with the kids or without, Dine Out is a great way to try out restaurants you’ve always wanted to visit at a fraction of the cost and with very little decision making. Set meals at a prix fixe ($15, $25, $35 and $45) is the name of the game. Be sure to reserve ahead of time.
Hot Chocolate Festival
Until February 14 2020 Various locations
The 10th annual Hot Chocolate Fest is in full swing with wild and wacky hot chocolate concoctions. This is one outing the kids will totally get behind!
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Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).