Lunar New year takes over this weekend with parades, performances and art installations. But there are even more family and kid friendly events this weekend in Vancouver. Looking for a toe-tapping live performance? Head to a free concert with Will’s Jams as part of the Ken Mooney Firehall series; jump aboard the Valentine’s train at Bear Creek Park in Surrey; hit up Annie at the Michael J Fox Theatre or go to a free arts event at the ArtStarts gallery. Be sure to cap it all off with a hot chocolate as part of the super photogenic and oh so tasty Hot Chocolate fest.
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Family friendly events this weekend in Vancouver
Lunar New Year events *FREE*
This is the big Lunar New Year weekend and there are parades, festivities and events all over Vancouver from the streets of East Van and the Granville Island to downtown Vancouver, and, of course, Richmond. Check out Lunar Fest for family friendly fun on the Art Gallery north plaza, or head to Metropolis at Metrotown for its lantern display, live entertainment, craft-making, and even red envelopes!
Concert with Will’s Jams at the Firehall! *FREE*
February 10, 2019, Vancouver
Get ready to boogie with Will’s Jams as part of the Kevin Mooney Firehall Series this Sunday. The award-winning children’s musician and CBC Kids TV star Will Stroet. Jam along with Will as he performs his high energy, sing-a-long tunes with fun actions that kids love!
Bear Creek Valentine’s Train & Mini Golf *$7*
Until February 14, 2019
Talk about a family friendly deal! TheBear Creek Valentines train includes a train ride, mini golf and crafts all for $7! What’s not to love?
ArtStarts Explores *FREE*
February 9, 2019
Come explore at the ArtStarts Gallery downtown! This fun, free drop-in program invites all families to investigate and discover the world around them through observing, touching, drawing, moving, getting messy, and listening to inspire creative learning. Please come dressed to get messy. All ArtStarts performances and workshops are for young people and their caregivers.
Hands on workshops for kids at Home Depot *FREE*
Got a little builder in the house? Head to free Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12. Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at all The Home Depot stores. Each child can bring home a newly constructed project, an achievement pin and certificate.
Spin Art Hearts *$2*
Visit the Kids Market on Granville Island and your very own unique Valentine for someone special with spin art. Create one of a kind designs with some paint and their super cool spin art machine. A perfect event for any budding artist. And only $2 each!
Check out the movie The Land Before Time for $2.99
Saturday, February 9 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 The Land Before Time, which follows a Littlefoot (Gabriel Damon), a young orphaned plant-eating dinosaur, who sets out for a fabled land, meeting a variety of new friends along the way — while also being tracked by the killer dinosaur that mortally wounded his mother.
Annie, the musical
February 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.
Hot Chocolate Festival
Runs until 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” “Dazzling Mermaid.’ This is one outing the kids are sure to love!
Black History Month screening of Supa Modo
Feb 11, 2019 Downtown Vancouver
Black Panther wasn’t the only African superhero movie to make waves last year. Check out Supa Modo, Kenya’s submission to the Academy Awards, a poignant but irresistible fantasy about a 9-year-old girl, Jo, with terminal cancer, but who comes to believe she is blessed with some very special gifts. “Brutal and beautiful, melancholy and joyous, Supa Modo is simultaneously crushing and uplifting.” Brent McKnight, Seattle Times