Exciting May Events For Families in Metro Vancouver

Little girl in a flower field

Get ready for a month of family fun in Metro Vancouver this May! From heartwarming plays like The Papa Penguin Play to thrilling celebrations like May the Fourth at the Space Centre, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss the chance to explore a galaxy far, far away or shop for unique gifts at a local craft fair, just in time for Mother’s Day. Join us as we dive into the exciting and family-friendly events happening in Metro Vancouver this May!

Family friendly events coming up in Metro Vancouver

Lapu Lapu Day

April 27, 11am-7pm, South Vancouver

Photo credit: Lapu-Lapu Day

Celebrate Lapu-Lapu Day, honoring the first national hero of the Philippines, an indigenous warrior and chieftain. This holiday commemorates his courageous leadership, leading local fighters to victory against Spanish colonization in the iconic Battle of Mactan, in what is now the modern-day Philippine province of Cebu. Experience a festival and a basketball tournament in the heart of South Vancouver, marking the first-of-its-kind festival for the Filipino community. Enjoy food and craft vendors, live music, cultural performances, and much more!

>> Lapu-Lapu Day

Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical

April 27-May 12, Massey Theatre, New Westminster

A poster showing Mary Poppins musical for May events in Metro Vancouver

Get ready to be swept away into a world of whimsy and wonder with Royal City Musical Theatre’s 32nd season! Join us at the Massey Theatre from April 25 to May 12, 2023, for the enchanting Broadway musical Mary Poppins. Experience the magic of this delightful show as it tells a heartwarming story about the power of love, imagination, and cherishing the precious moments of childhood. Don’t miss out on this enchanting musical adventure!

>> Mary Poppins

Fingerling Festival *Free*

Saturday, May 4, 2024, Port Moody

A group of kids and parents outdoors  looking at the hatchery in Port Moody for May Events in Metro Vancouver

Join the Fingerling Festival at the Noons Creek Hatchery in Port Moody, and help release 40,000 salmon fingerlings into the river.

>> Fingerling Festival

Party for the Planet

April 27, 11am-7pm, Surrey Civic Plaza

A boy on a stationery bike showing a group of people for the Party for the Planet as a May event in Metro Vancouver
Photo credit: Party for the Planet

Looking for serious family fun with an eco theme, head over to Surrey’s annual Party for the Planet on April 27. Think kids entertainment like Tinkerbell and Wendy’s Neverland Adventure, a local plant sale, Indigenous cultural sharing, environmental education and more.

>> Partly for the Planet

Jurassic Quest

May 2-5, Vancouver and May 10-12, Abbotsford

A group of Jurassic Quest staff in the wilderness show casing the dinosaurs as a May event in Metro Vancouver
Photo credit: Jurassic Quest

Get ready for a roaring adventure at Jurassic Quest®! This interactive dinosaur event is coming to the Pacific Coliseum from May 2-5 and Abbotsford Tradex Centre from May 10-12, featuring lifelike dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. Explore fossil exhibits, enjoy live shows, and participate in hands-on activities like “Raptor Run” races and “Rope-a-Raptor.” Meet and pet baby dinosaurs and join “The Quest,” a self-guided scavenger hunt. Don’t miss this unforgettable journey into the past!

>> Jurassic Quest

May the Fourth be With You

Saturday, May 4 2024, 6pm-10pm, Vancouver

A poster from H.R. Macmillan Space Centre for May the Fourth be with you Star Wars theme as a May Event in Metro Vancouver

Got some Star Wars fans in the house? Join the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and celebrate all things related to the force. Dress as your favourite Rebel or Empire character, visit distant worlds beyond your imagination and listen to some iconic star wars tunes from musician Thomas Beckham.

>> May the Fourth at the Space Centre

Polygon Gallery Kids First Saturday and Sunday *By Donation*

Saturday, May 4 10am and Sunday, May 5 4pm,  North Vancouver

A male instructor showing a little boy arts and crafts as a May event in Metro Vancouver

Held on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month, Kids First offers the opportunity to create an in-house art project inspired by the current gallery exhibitions.

These projects are designed for children aged 5 to 12, but there is no age requirement to participate. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Don’t miss this chance to unleash your creativity and make art together as a family!

>> Polygon Gallery

See Also

The Papa Penguin Play

May 15-June 2 2024, Waterfront Theatre, Vancouver

A poster for a play by Carousel Theatre of a Penguin. This is one of the May Events in Metro Vancouver.

In this co-production by Carousel Theatre for Young People and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, meet Penguins Peaches and Izzy, the zoo’s main attraction. This These two male penguins put on daily shows, but when other penguin couples start a family, they long for parenting life. With the help of Zoo Keeper Mister Sister, their dreams of parenthood come true. Watch Papa Penguin Play, a celebration like no other, as they welcome audiences of all ages to penguin chick Hedgie’s first birthday party. This delightful show is recommended for all ages and promises to be a celebration you won’t soon forget!

>> The Papa Penguin Play

Got Craft?

Saturday & Sunday May 4 & 5 2024, Maritime Labour Centre, Vancouver

A colorful pastel poster of a craft fair coming up as a May Event called Gotcraft

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Vancouver’s uber local craft fair returns to East Vancouver with 80 local makers, small shops and a Mini Makers Market with kidpreneurs under the age of 16 years old, food trucks, and legendary swag bags. They’ve got clothing, baby kid items, jewelry, artisanal food, paper goods, ceramics, bath body, florals, and more.

>> Got Craft?

Color Fest 2024

May 18, 5pm, Coquitlam

Experience the joy of spring at this festival, celebrating the season’s arrival and the blossoming of love. Join them for a festive day filled with music and dance performances, a Colour Zone, multicultural food trucks, and free art activities for kids. It’s a perfect opportunity to meet others, play, laugh, and embrace the spirit of forgiveness and new beginnings. Join them for a day of fun, food, and festivities for the whole family!

>> Color Fest

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