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Spring Break 2019: 25 + outings & activities for families and kids

News flash. It’s Spring Break in two weeks. 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, crafting, hiking, live performances and even bird-watching.

Easy Spring Break Getaways

Spring Break 2019: 25 activities for families and kids

Check out the birdies at Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Photo credit: Jonathan Wornell

Get up close and personal with all kinds of waddling and flying fowl at this jewel of a bird sanctuary on Westham Island. Pick up some seeds on-site and feed the birdies, just beware of the overly friendly sandhill cranes. A steal at $3 for kids and $5 for adults. Pro tip: Bring binoculars and a thermos of hot chocolate for the warming hut.

>> Reifel Bird Sanctuary

The World of Kidtropolis

Children can use their imaginations to become firefighters, police officers, restaurant owners, teachers, stage performers and more when they explore this 18,000 sq ft interactive mini-city. This Break, check out the new M & M Food Market as well as the Pop Up Market with family friendly vendors. PS: March is Teachers Appreciation Month so they get 20% off at the door!

>> The World of Kidtropolis 

Spring Break Festival

March 19-22 2019, Coquitlam

Evergreen welcomes DuffleBag Theatre back for this annual family-friendly fest of interactive story theatre. This year’s shenanigans begin with witty original adaptations of classic fairy tales with audience participation.

>> Evergreen Theatre Spring Break Festival

Outdoor Spring Carnival

March 21-31, 2019, feet from the Lansdown Canada Line Station in Richmond

If your kids love Playland, you’ll want to check out this outdoor carnival in Richmond featuring loads of fairground fun, from ride and midway games, to a circus train, carousel, and Ferris wheel.

>> Spring Carnival

Spring Break at the Cannery

March 18-29, 2019

Something fishy has happened at the Cannery – CAN you solve the mystery? Explore the historic cannery and find clues to solve the mystery of the missing fortune, ‘stolen’ from inside the safe of the Plant Manager’s Office, and set during the Great Depression in 1930.

>> Spring Break at the Cannery

Healthy Family Expo

March 24, 2019, Vancouver

Canada’s largest food & health event for families is back at the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 24th. This full-day celebration features 200+ exhibitors, a 35,000 sq ft Active Kid Zone, and a star-studded line-up on stage (did we mention Daniel Tiger, True, Scout & Daisy?) PLUS Live dino shows, circus workshops, and so much more.

>> Healthy Family Expo 2019

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

March 18-29, 2019, UBC

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.

>> Spring Break at the Beaty

Free crafts at Granville Island’s Kids Market

March 18-29, 2019, Vancouver

Free crafts for kids including a DIY backdrop photo booth, monster piñata-making, printmaking, lantern making and watercolours plus all the other fun stuff at Kids Market (like the $9.99 ball room). When you’re done, 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.

>> Spring Break Crafts

HR MacMillan Space Centre

March 16-31, 2019, Vancouver

Do you have a young space enthusiast in the family? Join Space Centre over Spring Break for special family friendly activities focused on exploring the Sun and Moon. PS: Don’t miss the premier of the film The Sun: Our Living Star in the Planetarium Star Theatre (March 16th).

> Spring Break at the Space Centre

Family Fuse over the break

March 25-29, Vancouver

Photo credit: Rachel Topham

Inspired by the Gallery’s exhibitions, this Spring Break edition of Family FUSE will investigate how modern and contemporary artworks transform our understanding of everyday life. Participant will explore an array of media, processes and ideas at their fingertips as they embark on their own exciting adventures in art-making.

>> Family Fuse 

CBC Treasure Hunt *FREE*

CBC Vancouver welcomes all junior treasure hunters and their adult assistants to take part in the CBC Vancouver Treasure Hunt from March 25-29 in Metro Vancouver. Explore the city, get to know your community and discover hidden treasure in your own backyard.

>> CBC Treasure Hunt

Van Dusen Gardens & Bloedel Conservatory

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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.

Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!

Runs until March 31, Vancouver

Carousel Theatre presents this delightful new musical based on this charming story by award-winning author Mo Willems. Together two friends discover: What happens when two friends want to play with ONE toy?  and What DO you wear to a fancy party? For the 3-8 set.

>> Elephant and Piggie’s

Festival du Bois

March 22-24, Coquitlam

Don’t miss the kids zone (face painting, improv, sugar taffy and axe throwing!) at BC’s largest celebration of francophone music and culture. The festival’s big heated tents present the toe-tapping tunes of some of the finest Québécois, francophone, and roots music artists around.

>> Festival du Bois

Sea to Sky Gondola, Kids under 12 are Free!

March 16-31, 2019, Squamish

Children 12 and under ride free over the break. Simply mention the “Secret Spring Break Deal” at the ticket window and 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. There’s also snowshoeing, tubing and daily children’s activities at the summit.

>> Sea to Sky Gondola 

Steveston Village

Steveston Village is a family paradise. There’s a wonderful playground for little ones, the Interurban tram (see below) as well as a series of great beaches at Garry Point Park. Plus there’s 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.

>> Five fun things to do in Steveston Village

Interurban Tram

March 16-31, 2019 Steveston

Drop by the free-entry Steveston Interurban Tram, located adjacent to an amazing kids park and close to all the Steveston Village amenities. Take a family selfie with the red-painted, century-old interurban car. Tours are available and you can take part in a scavenger hunt will lead you and your kids along the street to Steveston Museum, for free crafts and activities on March 22, 28 and 29 (12:30 pm to 3:30 pm).

Vancouver Aquarium®

March 16-31, Vancouver

Meet a penguin, get up close with a red tortoise, marvel at the adaptations of sharks, take in a story and puppet show or go behind the scenes with and sea otters, sea lions or penguins. Experience the weird and wonderful this Spring Break at the Aquarium. PS: You can even kick off the break by sleeping over at the Aquarium.

>> Spring Break at the Vancouver Aquarium

Britannia Mine Museum

March 16-31, Squamish

Spring Break at the Britannia Mine Museum features a family-friendly scavenger hunt that explores the whole site; Unique historical artefacts, colouring sheets, and activations; arts and crafts (design your own copper queen crown!) and hands-on experiences with Earth Sciences including minerals and seismology.

>> Britannia Mine Museum

Science World

March 18-29, 2019, Vancouver

Check out the brand new Mirror Maze exhibition; make things in the tinkering lab; and learn about puffy, stretchy flashy animals in the theatre! And … a whole lot more!

>> Science World

Vancouver Kids Fashion Week 2019

March 23, 24, 2019

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!

>>  Vancouver Kids Fashion Week.

Burnaby Village Museum *FREE*

March 16-31, 2019, Burnaby

Free entry for everyone all Spring Break. Wander the fascinating heritage village that has something for everyone or check in with the activity leader who will lead children in hopscotch, tic tac toe, bagatelle, skittles and horseshoes. Hammer and bang at the Blacksmith shop, talk to the teacher in the one-room schoolhouse, watch a silent movie,, explore the restored Interurban tram, and cap it off with a ride the carousel for $2.65 a pop.

>> Spring Break at Burnaby Village Museum

Powerhouse at Staves Falls

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

Fort Langley National Historic Site

March 16-31, Langley

Explore the fort, check out a blacksmithing demo, pan for gold and be sure to check out the children’s Play Area. 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. Free admission for kids and youth up to 17 years of age.

>> Fort Langley

>> Check out our VM Picks: Spring Break Camps 2019

Richmond Nature Park

For nature loving families, the Richmond Nature Park is hosting  free, hour-long naturalist tours illuminate the area’s plants and animals. Be sure to spend some time in the Nature House interpretive centre then take the family on some of the park’s trails .

Bowen Island Day Trip

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.

>> Bowen Island – Best Eats

Head to the pool!

When it doubt, head to the pool. It’s inexpensive active fun for all ages, and Metro Vancouver has some spectacular options: beach entries, lazy rivers and spray features for the little ones, diving boards, water slides and wave pools for the bigger kids. And of course, a hot tub for mom.

>> Best indoor pools

Cheap kids movies at Cineplex

March 25-29, 2019

I know a few kids who’d happily watch a movie a day over Spring Break. Well they can for 4 days anyway, and for only $2.99 a pop! Screening daily from March 25-29 are The Grinch, The Mighty Pups, Smallfoot, Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald.

>> Family Favourites

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