January is finally over! Daffodils and crocuses are popping up all over, and snowdrops are old news. Time to celebrate! We’ve got ideas for family and kid friendly fun this weekend in Vancouver. It’s the final weekend of Dine Out Vancouver and the Hot Chocolate Fest is going strong with steaming cups of glorious goodness. Looking for a toe-tapping live performance? Head to the Annie, the musical, at Michael J Fox. Feeling like a bit of culture? Wander around Vanier Park and visit five venues for only $5. On the North Shore, get artsy with the kids at Polygon Gallery. PS: Movies are an option too! Take in a $2.99 screening of Smallfoot as part of Cineplex’s Family Favourite Movie screenings or take in an all ages free screening of Kirikou and the Sorceress for Black History Month!
Family friendly events this weekend in Vancouver
Black History Month screening of Kirikou and the Sorceress *FREE*
February 2, 2019, Downtown Vancouver
Kick off Black History Month at the VIFF’s free screening of the family animated classic Kirikou (and bring the little ones!). Adapting a Senegalese folk tale, Michel Ocelot fashions a visually inspired fairy tale was called “Enchanting, life-affirming animation of love and redemption, made with no small measure of maturity and care” by the Chicago Reader.
Winter Wander at Vanier Park
Saturday, February 2, 2019, Vancouver
Tickets are only $5 (ages 5 and under free) to the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, City of Vancouver Archives and Vancouver Academy of Music. Experience unique waterfront attractions showcasing art, history, crafts, science and performances from Bard on the Beach. Enjoy local food vendors and enter to win great prizes!
Annie, the musical
February 2 – 16, 2019, Burnaby
Check out the cheerful escapades of little orphan Annie at the Michael J. Fox Theatre. Featuring a fresh cast of young local talent, and iconic songs like “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” the musical is a heart-warming antidote to the long, grey days of winter.
Kids First Saturdays at the Polygon Gallery
Nature Club Family Days at Beaty Museum
Sunday, February 3, 2019, UBC
Drop in between 10:30 am – 1:00 pm the first Sunday of the month to enjoy a special ecosystem activity for families plus all of their regular Beaty Museum programming:Raising Big Blue movie, museum tours, and more!
Check out the movie Smallfoot for $2.99
Saturday, February 2 2019, various locations
Watch a family favourite film every Saturday for only $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres. A portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting WE Charity. This Saturday’s super cute screening is Smallfoot, which features a bright young Yeti who finds something he thought didn’t exist — a human.
Hot Chocolate Festival
January 19 – February 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 the above “Dazzling Mermaid,” from Soirette. This is one outing the kids are sure to love!
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