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.
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.
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.
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.
Kids Film Club: Paddington 2 *Cheap*
Sunday January 19 2020 downtown Vancouver
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 +
Treasure Hunt at Granville Island’s Kids Market *FREE*
Sunday January 19 2020 Granville Island
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.
The snow has hit Vancouver so dust of the old toboggan and whiz down down a local slope with the kids.
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).