The silly season is in full swing, and there are lots of kid-friendly family events in Vancouver. Kick off the weekend early at CBC’s Open House (the kids will love meeting Chirp while you fan girl Gloria Macarenko); try to score on Canuck Brandon Sutter and help make a child’s wish come true at the Vancouver Christmas Market; head to a free concert with Bobs and Lolo, go carolling with our favourite crooners, The Gingerbread Men; or zip down the highway for a super cool Christmas outing to Britannia Mine Museum.
PS: Have you picked up a Christmas tree yet?
Family friendly events in Vancouver this weekend
Chanukah Celebration at the Vancouver Art Gallery
December 6, 2018
Celebrate Chanukah at the lighting Canada’s tallest Menorah. This kid-friendly celebration features children’s performers, free hot chocolate and special Chanukah donuts. Bring a unwrapped toy to donate to the Chanukah Toy Drive for the BC Children’s Hospital.
Meet Canucks’ Brandon Sutter for Children’s Wish Weeks at the Vancouver Christmas Market!
December 7, 2018, Vancouver
She shoots, she scores! Get ready to try and score on Canucks forward Brandon Sutter’s at the Christmas market this Friday. Whether you 5-hole the hockey super star or not, you’ll be helping to raise $10,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation to help make the wish of nine-year-old Maddie to visit Disney World come true.
CBC Food Bank Day and Open House
December 7, Vancouver
Watch your favourite on-air personalities live and enjoy free, live entertainment from choirs to local bands and all for a good cause: raising money for BC food banks. There’s fun for the kids too from newsroom tours, a green screen at the weather station, as well as Daniel Tiger and Chirp mascots from CBC Kids in the atrium.
Holiday Concert with Bobs & Lolo *FREE*
December 8, Vancouver
Join kiddie faves Bobs and Lolo for a free holiday concert at City Square Mall followed by a professional family portrait with Santa, face painting and cookie decorating!
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 6-16, Vancouver
In this lively Christmas classic, the six Herdman kids, or “the worst kids in the history of the world”, take over the annual Christmas pageant. Filled with mayhem and fun, this hilarious and heartwarming story is sure to be a favourite part of your holiday season!
A Magical Christmas at Britannia Mine Museum
Saturday, December 8, 2018, Squamish
Looking for a unique kid-friendly holiday outing with a wintry backdrop? Zip down the Sea to Sky to the Britannia Mine Museum for their annual Christmas Magic event. On December 8th, they’re having a enchanting holiday event perfect for kids and families at a special $15 admission price.
ArtStarts Explores Friends *FREE*
Saturday, December 8, 2018, Vancouver
This month, this arts gallery dedicated to children’s art will explore how we can show care for the people and places who make our lives special. Join the for an hour of playful activities surrounding the theme of friendship.
Carolling with Carousel
December 8, 2018, Vancouver
Get into the holiday spirit with a family holiday sing-along featuring the dashing Gingerbread Men, who will perform an assortment of holiday classics and lead sing-a-longs of festive favourites. Holiday crafts and treats will be available before and after the show and during intermission.
Photo credit: Playmobil set available at Granville Island Toy Company
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).