Vancouverites love hockey. Tickets to see the Vancouver Canucks are a bit spendy for families, however, especially if you’re not completely sure your four-year-old will actually enjoy attending a game. Luckily there’s a more affordable hockey option located right here in Vancouver, that also happens to be very family-friendly: the Vancouver Giants. Here are some upcoming events you might add to your own list of what to do in Vancouver this month.
Family-Friendly Vancouver Giants
Teddy Bear Toss
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:00pm
Enjoy everyone’s favourite holiday hockey tradition – the Teddy Bear Toss – when the VancouverGiants take on the Saskatoon Blades. Fans are encouraged to bring a new stuffed toy to the game, or you can buy one on the concourse for $5 with proceeds benefiting The Province Empty Stocking Fund and the CKNW Orphans’ Fund. When the Giants score their first goal, throw those toys on the ice. The team will collect them and donate all of the to the good folks at the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Don your most unsightly holiday wear for the annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party when the Vancouver Giants play the Victoria Royals. The Royals’ recent hot-streak makes this match-up a guaranteed thriller between these familiar BC rivals. The Giants will be sporting a special “Ugly Christmas Jersey” and they want fans join in on the fun. Plus we hear that Santa will be on the premises giving out candy canes and holiday cheer.
Tuesday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 7:00pm
Buy a full-priced red category ticket and get a second red category ticket for just $2 when the Vancouver Giants take on the Everett Silvertips on December 16 and the Kamloops Blazers on December 30. Select concession items will also be just $2, so you can even feed the kids on the cheap. What’s not to love?
Shriners Kids’ Sunday
Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 2:00pm
The Vancouver Giants take on the Seattle Thunderbirds for their first meeting of the season. The pre-game show gets underway at 1:00pm, followed by the face-off at 2:00pm. Not only is the afternoon game a much better time for small kids, there will be fun for the entire family in the Eastside Fan Zone. Plus, Shriners volunteers will be running the 50/50 to raise money for children in BC and Yukon that require specialized health procedures.
To see the whole schedule, and to buy tickets, visit www.vancouvergiants.com/schedule/359/115.
Amber Strocel is a writer, aspiring math teacher, suburbanite, wife and mom of two. She believes in the power of the Internet to connect people, and she believes that numbers are the poetry of the universe. You can often find her knitting, sewing, volunteering, working in her garden, and sneaking chocolate when no one's looking. She blogs at Strocel.com and shares her photos on Instagram as @AmberStrocel.