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Seven things to do close to home this Victoria Day long weekend

It’s the queen’s birthday (Victoria that is) but instead of running away, you can have a lot of good fun here in Vancouver. The May long weekend is when things really get rolling, and the scent of summer is in the air. Think roller coasters, farmers markets and yes, even outdoor swimming! In the event of rain or overbearing heat, we’ve got some artsy indoor activities too.

Outdoor Pools!


Many outdoor pools open this weekend including the newly renovated Kits Pool, fan fave New Brighton, Hillcrest’s ideal for little ones outdoor pool and the spectacular Second Beach pool at Stanley Park! Maple Grove fans will have to wait until mid-June. So suit up and take the littles to one of Vancouver’s spectacular outdoor pools. If all goes well, you may even need sunscreen.

Check out our list of the best outdoor pools in the city.

Arts Umbrella – Expressions Theatre Festival

May 17 – 26, 2018 at the Waterfront Theatre

Check out sing-along fave Oklahoma! with the whole family. Tickets are only $15-20 a pop for this family friendly Rodgers & Hammerstein classic collaboration, which set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre as we know it today. The show features Arts Umbrella’s pre-professional actors aged 17-22.

> Arts Umbrella Expressions Festival

A Day Out with Thomas

May 19, 20 and 21, Squamish

Mini railways are great and all but if you have a BIG Thomas the Tank Engine fan in the house, then a trip to Squamish for A Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine at the WestCoast Railway Heritage Park is a must. Get on the steaming locomotive for a 20-25 minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ and meet Sir Topham Hatt™, the Controller of the Railway. There’s also story-telling, an imagination station, temporary tattoos and more.

>> A Day Out with Thomas

Farmers Market

Vancouver West End Farmers Market

Kitsilano (Sundays) and Trout Lake (Saturdays) Farmers Markets are up and running for the summer now. This means farm fresh fruit, veg and baked goods. And now many of the markets have craft beer, local fish and hormone-free meats. And for the kiddies, there’s typically live music (and cookies) and the odd balloon twister or two! Have a green thumb? This will be the spot for seedlings.

A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream

Sat, March 19th in Vancouver and June 8th in Surrey

Photo credit: David Cooper

Treat yourself to Coastal Ballet’s magical season finale: A Midsummer Night Dream at the Vancouver Playhouse. Perfect for families and children of all ages, this full-length version of the adventurous tale features lavish sets, spritely costumes, and Felix Mendelssohn’s enchanting score.

>> A Midsummer Night’s Dream


It’s time to scarf  back hot dogs, cotton candy and mini donuts and then ride the Hellivator! Okay maybe not. Playland is now open weekends with three new (and gentler) family rides. Spin your way through a magical land on Bug Whirled, a new coaster ride or peddle your way to the clouds flapping your wings on The Flutterbye, then take the plunge on the mechanical Dizzy Drop.

Babe at Cinematheque

Sun, May 20th at 11 am

Head into the cool comfort of The Cinematheque for their May Film Club screening of Babe. After all, it’s not every kids’ film about a talking pig that gets nominated for seven Oscars! Rated G, this classic film was described as “dazzling family entertainment with enormous charm … ”  by Variety magazine. Tickets are only $6 for 13 and under, $10 for everyone else. Plus free popcorn and Film Club badge for junior cinephiles!


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