Looks like a busy weekend, if that’s what your up for. Vancouver is buzzing with two major foodie fests: The Hot Chocolate Fest and Dine Out Vancouver, but there’s lot more for fun for the family. Head to the FREE day of music presented by the VSO, take in a free Indigenous hip hop performance and activity for kids at ArtStarts or hit up the CAG for a free hands-on arts afternoon with the kids. There’s also the 4H club and farmyard fun in Abbotsford, Diving Weekend at the Aquarium, a massive one-time live tulip installation at Metropolis at Metrotown and more!
Eight family friendly events (and two bonus events) this weekend in Vancouver
VSO 100th Anniversary Day of Music *FREE*
This is MUST: A free 12-hour day of music presented by the VSO to celebrate their 100th birthday! Performances range from large ensembles and renowned soloists to intimate chamber music, world music, and Vancouver’s best emerging talent. As well, there will be trial lessons, workshops, instrument petting zoos (see photo above), food trucks, activities for kids and families, and opportunities to interact with incredible musicians. Takes places at The Orpheum Theatre, the Annex Theatre, Tom Lee Music Granville, and the VSO School of Music.
Indigenous Hip Hop with JB, the First Lady *FREE*
January 26 and 27, 2019, in Vancouver and New Westminster
Learn a brief history of hip hop, the four elements that make it up, and how these elements reflect Indigenous culture, followed by a short beatboxing activity. JB, the First Lady will perform some of her songs highlighting the power of storytelling and music, and encourage each student to find out what gift or element they have and make it shine brightly. All Ages.
Family Day At the CAG *FREE*
Saturday, January 26, 12-3 pm, Vancouver
Responding to the work of Anne Low and her explorations of historic decorative arts, experiment with flocking powder to create your own textured artwork inspired by flocked wallpaper designs from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Diver’s Weekend Reef seminar for kids
As part of Divers’ Weekend , The Vancouver Aquarium is hosting a diving presentation for children (ages six to 12). Author and underwater photographer Ann Donahue will explore the Reef Creatures Donahue has encountered all over the world through story, photo and video.
I Heart Tulips at Metropolis at Metrotown
January 26, 2019, Burnaby
This looks so cool: a one-day-only installation of 10,000 live red and white tulips in support of Variety – the Children’s Charity in the Grand Court at Metropolis at Metrotown. From 1 pm to 1:30 pm, children supported by Variety will be invited to pick tulips. After 1:30 pm, the public can pick tulips for a minimum donation of $5 for five tulips.
The Pacific Agriculture Show
January 24-26, 2019, Abbotsford
Speakers, industry leading exhibitors, and interactive events for the whole family. Highlights include a petting zoo, a vintage farming museum, a Bobcat square dance and cowboy stilt walkers! This year they are also introducing Cannatech, which will bring together leading experts to share how cannabis is shaping the future of agriculture. FREE for kids under 14!
“Everybody Sings” at Sea to Sky Gondola with Norman Foote
January 26, Squamish
Join children’s entertainer Norman Foote as he kicks off his new music release tour with a concert at the Sea to Sky Gondola featuring stories and songs from “Everybody Sings.” Norman’s sense of humour and hilarious props have become a hallmark of his music and make for a fun concert for all those who attend!
Lunar New Year at the Market *FREE*
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Head to Lonsdale Quay and celebrate the Chinese year of the Pig. Watch a live fan dancing performance and take part in Lunar New Year’s crafts for all ages followed by the Lion Dance blessing through the Market. Traditional Red Envelopes will be handed out to customers and visitors while supplies last.
In case you missed them – Two delicious ongoing festivals.
Dine Out Vancouver
January 18 to February 3, 2019, various locations
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
Jan 19 – Feb 14, 2019, Various locations
The annual Hot Chocolate Fest is in full swing with wild and wacky hot chocolate concoctions with clever names like “Smore than meets the eye” and “Crazy Rich Panda.” This is one outing the kids will totally get behind! PS: There are boozy (AKA drunken) hot chocs for those in need of something a bit stronger.
Banner credit: Ocean Wise, Vancouver Aquarium