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.
Spring Break 2019: 25 activities for families and kids
Check out the birdies at Reifel Bird Sanctuary
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
HR MacMillan Space Centre
March 16-31, 2019, Vancouver
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.