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8 Kid-Friendly Activities For Family Day

8 Kid-Friendly Activities For Family Day

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It’s been a long winter but we are one step closer to Spring and we’ve earned a long weekend. Family Day is Monday February 21st. This marks the ninth time BC has celebrated this holiday. In the last stretch of winter there are still some great activities and fun things to do with the family. The Family Day long weekend was introduced to encourage extra time with our loved ones, between New Year’s Day and Easter holidays, so whatever you do, do it together!

Bloedel Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory for family day in Vancouver
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Pretend you’re on a visit to the Amazon in the conservatory dome at Vancouver’s highest point, Queen Elizabeth Park. Experience paradise with over 120 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers across Tropical, Subtropical and Desert climatic zones, all under one roof. Spot macaws, finches and parrots flying around through the lush paradise.

Octopus: Blue Planet II 4D Experience at the Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium for Family Day in Vancouver
Photo Credit: Vancouver Aquarium

Visit the Vancouver Aquarium and go under the sea on a cinematic adventure. It’s filled with thrilling sensory effects like wind, mist, scents and dramatic lighting. Deep in the ocean you’ll meet one of the ocean’s most captivating creatures, the octopus. Inspired by the critically-acclaimed BBC series, Blue Planet II, you’ll see how this eight-tentacled wonder masters physical and mental strengths to outwit and escape its underwater rivals. From February 11th to 21st, enjoy one child entrance free with a regular ticket purchase. In addition, members can bring a friend for free.

Take a Hike

Family Day Long Weekend Hike

Fresh air and space to run mask-free make a hike sound very appealing this long weekend. The price is right. And, it’s unlikely you’ll need to book a space and nature is calling. Get the muddy buddies out and hit the trails. And, don’t forget lots of water and, of course, snacks.  

Here are three hikes your kids will love.

Get Out of Town

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We’ve all spent lots of time at home these past few months, so if your family is healthy and feeling some wanderlust why not hit the road! Check AirBnB for a change of scenery and pack up some warm socks and snacks. Sometimes a little Family Day getaway can be the refresher we all need to make it to Spring.

Photo Credit: I Dream Library

Created as part of the exhibition GROWING FREEDOM: The instructions of Yoko Ono and The art of John and Yoko, the Young Activist Reading Room is found at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Presented in partnership with I Dream Library, the space is an interactive installation designed to connect children, families and students of all ages with stories. You’ll find themes of global and local peace activism, environmental stewardship, family and relationships and the elements of nature. The exhibit is on now through May 1st.

Watch Episode 1 our video series: I Dream As A Mother featuring Aisha Kiani Founder of I Dream Library 

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Hit the Slopes

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February is a great time to head to the local mountains for skiing, snowboarding or even tubing. Cypress, Seymour and Grouse all offer kid’s lessons and have hills for beginners to experts. Make a booking and give it a try!

Fan EXPO Vancouver

From Feb 19th-21st, the Vancouver Convention Centre is home to a fun-filled comic, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event. FAN EXPO Vancouver celebrates all things pop culture with family-friendly attractions including a family costume contest!

Honour Black History Month

February is Black History Month and a meaningful time to connect and learn as a family. Consider reading books together to honour Black culture and community, or visit one of the parks and memorials around Vancouver. There are many different ways to share Black History Month with your family this weekend. 

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