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 all featuring multi-course meals at prix fixes while the Hot Chocolate festival boasts sumptuous and unusual hot chocs. Noms! There’s also a Lunar Eclipse viewing at the Space Centre, a treasure hunt at the Kids Market, the Cinematheque Film Club for kids, and a special event on Friday for moms looking to return to the workforce. Another wonderful family event takes place at Fort Langley: its annual Vive les Voyageurs weekend features Métis demos, traditional food and tons of fascinating activities.
Seven family friendly events this weekend in Vancouver
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 returns to cafes and bakeries around Vancouver 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.
Friday, January 18, 2019, Surrey
Have you been out of the work force raising kids? This event is for mothers who are trying to go back to work now or in the future after a long period of absence from the workforce. Meet and connect with like-minded people and to brainstorm topics and speakers for upcoming events.
Lunar Eclipse at the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre
Saturday, January 20, 2019, Vancouver
Learn more about the Moon and eclipses in a special show in the Planetarium Star Theatre. The observatory will also be open so you can check out the Moon up close through the telescope. If it is a rainy night they’ll have a live feed of the eclipse in the theatre.
Kids Film Club: Kiki at the Cinematheque
Sunday, January 20, 2019, downtown Vancouver
Forget the big chains, head to the Cinematheque with the kids this Sunday for Kiki, anime titan Hayao Miyazaki’s magical coming-of-age tale. This enchanting and empowering film tells the timeless story of a young woman finding her way in the world. PS: Did we mention there’s free popcorn and Film Club badge for ages 13 and under!
Treasure Hunt at Granville Island’s Kids Market
Sunday, January 20, 2019, Granville Island
If you’re heading to Granville Island this weekend, join in the Kids Market 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 a Nintendo switch or a Nintendo 2DS XL.
Vive les Voyageurs
January 19 & 20, 2019, 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.