News flash. It’s Spring Break for public schools in a week (gulp) and some kids are off right now! If you’d like to spend some time exploring, there are lots of great family and kid activities and events around Vancouver. Some are free, many are cheap and all are worth the price of admission. Think wild rides, beaching, learning, swimming, crafts, hiking and even bird-watching.
Spring Break 2018: 16 super fun activities for families and kids
Van Dusen Gardens and Bloedel Conservatory
Check out the sprawling gardens at Van Dusen where the kids can really roam around or head up to Queen Elizabeth Park and take in the view, the fountains and warm up inside the tropical clime of the Bloedel Conservatory, home to colourful exotic birds and tropical plants. And the best part? Kids are FREE to both locations from March 1-29 with a paying adult.
For the kids who can’t wait until the PNE opens, BC Place transforms itself into an indoor amusement park full of rides and snacks and games for four days over the break. $29.95 for a day pass. Runs March 28-April 2nd.
During Spring Break, join the Beaty every day at noon for a different hands-on activity. Meet new friends while exploring different aspects of the biodiversity around us. From identifying incredible insects, to art, games, crafts, and hands-on activities, you’ll be a biodiversity pro in no time. Open to all ages and are included with membership or admission on a drop-in basis, unless otherwise noted.
Meet Peppa Pig and George at Tsawwassen Mills
Think FREE crafts, a $5 sand room, balloon twisting clowns plus all the other fun stuff at Kids Market (like the $9.99 ball room extravaganza) make this a fun outing. Plus you can escape to the duck pond, check out the nearby crystal shop venture over to the market for some tasty treats at the Granville Island market.
Children 12 and under ride free from March 17-29, 2018. Just mention the Secret Spring Break Deal at the ticket window to receive up to three free children’s day tickets when you buy one adult or senior day ticket. Ride the gondola, walk along the suspension bridge and check out the trails. And of course, there’s also snowshoeing, tubing and daily children’s activities at the summit.
Steveston Village is a family paradise. There’s a wonderful playground for little ones as well as a series of great beaches at Garry Point Park. Plus Pajo’s for lunch as well as loads of cafes and ice cream shops. Check out the boats, kick the ball around, ride bikes or visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.
Come face-to-face with a tortoise, penguin, and stingrays at #VanAqua between March 17th and April 2nd. Which animal are you most excited to meet?
Science World Spring Lab runs from March 17 – April 2. Featuring interactive drop-in activities in the Tinkering Space, pop-up demonstrations by Parks Canada, and The Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Star Wars Fan! Believe it or not, the original Luke Skywalker® Lightsaber is on display for a limited time this month until March 19.
Stylish kids will be walking the catwalk at the semi-annual Vancouver Kids Fashion Week. Check out the latest trends in local and international kidswear with your little fashionista on March 24 / 25th! PS: Watch out for our ticket giveaway on Facebook and Instagram!
UBC has a still shiny new(ish) aquatic centre. Bring the kids during the break to check it out. It features a leisure pool with a lazy river, recreation pool with two diving boards, and competition pool. Afterwards, head to Wesbrook Village for Menchies or lunch at Biercraft. If the kids still have energy, go to one of the four wonderful playgrounds!
Free entry for everyone all Spring Break at this fascinating heritage village that has something for everyone. Wander the old timey streets and learn about lead type at the printshop, talk to the teacher in the one-room schoolhouse (but be sure to raise your hand!), watch a silent black & white movie, chat to the clerk at the General Store, explore the restored Interurban tram, hear and smell coffee grinding in the General Store and cap it off with a ride the carousel for $2.65 a pop. March 19-20.
The Powerhouse at Stave Falls is a 100-year-old power generating facility and a National Historic Site of Canada. It’s a great place to take kids with lots of interactive and historic displays. Be sure to check out the Tesla coil electricity demonstration. Family fee: $15
Spring Break is all about the Fraser this year. Learn about the ecology of the river and its important connections with the Stó:lō people. Discover fishing tools and techniques used by the First Nations people and pack a barrel full of salmon in the Salmon Run Activity! Cap it off with a visit to the charming town of Fort Langley to visit the train stroll by the water or pick up a fancy ice cream. March 17-April 2. FREE admission for kids and youth up to 17 years of age.
Pick up coffee and fresh croissant at Snug Café and head for a walk around Killarney Lake. Or walk to the rocky beach and thrown rocks in the lilypads (or perhaps over the lilypads). If you want to go farther, drive over to Cape Roger Curtis and wander along the trail admiring the views. Who knows? You might even see see an orca pod.
Cheap kids movies at Cineplex
I know a few kids who’d happily watch a movie a day over Spring Break. Well you can, for only $2.99 a pop! The following movie are shown every day: Wonder, Despicable Me 3, Ferdinand, and The Boss Baby. March 19-23 at 11 am.