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7 family friendly activities and events this weekend in Vancouver, January 18 & 19, 2020

7 family friendly activities and events this weekend in Vancouver, January 18 & 19, 2020

Things are really ramping up this weekend with two major palate-pleasing fests. Dine Out Vancouver kicks off with over 300 restaurants to choose from while the Hot Chocolate festival boasts sumptuous and unusual hot chocs. Noms! There’s also free art-making for families at the ArtStarts Gallery, a treasure hunt at the Granville Island Kids Market, and Paddington 2 is showing at the Cinematheque Film Club for kids.

7 family friendly events this weekend in Vancouver

Dine Out Vancouver

January 17 to February 2 2020, 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.

>> Ten kid-friendly Dine Out Vancouver recos

ArtStarts Explores, Possibilities with Plastic *FREE*

January 18 2020 Vancouver

Did you know that up to 15 billion plastic bags are used every year in Canada? Artist Romi Kim will be challenging families to find creative ways to keep them out of landfills by helping us rethink of ways we can use plastic bags through weaving, rouching, and more.

>> ArtStarts Explores

Three outdoor skating rinks in Metro Vancouver!

Lunar New Year at Oakridge Centre *FREE*

January 16 – February 8 2020 Vancouver

Oakridge Centre celebrates the Taiwanese, South Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese cultures this Lunar New Year. Come see the “Mighty 6” Lion Dance, take part in the Lunar New Year Party, celebrate Year of the Rat, or watch their performance showcase of four Asian communities.

>> Lunar New Year at Oakridge Centre

Hot Chocolate Festival

January 18– February 14 2020, Various locations

The annual Hot Chocolate Fest celebrates its 10th year with wild and wacky hot chocolate concoctions with 44 chocstars (AKA participating cafes, bakeries and chocolate shops) and 114 unique flavours. With clever names and innovative taste combos like Apple of my Pie, Bohemian Raspberry and Come to the Dark Side, you’ll want to visit more than one chocstar.

>> Hot Chocolate Festival

Kids Film Club: Paddington 2 *Cheap*

Sunday January 19 2020 downtown Vancouver

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Forget the big chains, head to the Cinematheque with the kids this Sunday for Paddington 2. Certified super-duper “fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes (it’s the best-reviewed film in the site’s history), Paddington 2 was exactly the balm everyone needed in a decade marked by perplexing acts of unkindness and intolerance. PS: Did we mention there’s free popcorn and Film Club badge for ages 13 and under! PPS: Tickets are only $6 for the under 14 crowd and $10 for the over 14s. Ages: 5 +

>> Kiki at the Cinematheque

Treasure Hunt at Granville Island’s Kids Market *FREE*

Sunday January 19 2020 Granville Island

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Photo credit: Harriet Fancott

If you’re heading to Granville Island this weekend, join in the Kids Market customer appreciation Treasure Hunt. Visit the table on the 2nd floor landing to get your map. Answer all the clues and be entered into a draw to win one of two Nintendo Switch Lite’s with the new Pokemon game.

>> Treasure Hunt at Granville Island’s Kids Market

Go sledding!

The snow has hit Vancouver so dust of the old toboggan and whiz down down a local slope with the kids.

>> Where to sled in Metro Vancouver

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