Vancouver is expensive. We all know that. But we love it for its natural beauty, eco-friendly vibe and local foodie scene. Still a few freebies don’t hurt. Here are some family friendly activities that are long on fun and short on dollars spent … in fact totally free (expect for a few “by donation” activities).
10 FREE April events in Metro Vancouver
April 7, 11 am – 3 pm, Stewart Farm, Surrey
Get a head start on your garden with the annual seed and plant sale at Surrey’s Historic Stewart Farm. Shop for rare heirloom vegetable, herb and flower seeds, get tips from the heritage garden volunteers and Master Gardeners. Everyone is welcome to visit the heritage flower and vegetables gardens. Kids get to learn some gardening skills with “seedy” crafts and activities.
Girls Learning Code
April 7, 1-4 pm, Vancouver
Girls Learning Code is excited to host this creative workshop for beginner girls aged 9-12. FREE course covers essential terms in the Ruby language such as: integers, strings, and variables. Learning Ruby will allow your child to create games and solve puzzles in a fun and engaging way, all while generating endless opportunities to use a computer as a creative outlet!
Family Day at Place des Arts Coquitlam
April 8th at Place des Arts, Coquitlam
Celebrate the oncoming blooming season with Treetopia by photographer and multimedia artist Mark Bowen. Then view Contemplation of Forces by painter Moira Calder and Colour is Life by ceramic artist Sohreh Sachs. Participate in three, all-ages, drop-in art activities based on the exhibitions and join us for our annual senior students concert, starting at 3 pm.
The Big Picnic
Saturday, April 14th, 12-3 pm, Queen Elizabeth Park
Enjoy the Japanese activity of Hanami (blossom viewing) with local blossom lovers. There will also be music, dance, meditation, even yoga and lots of family friendly fun. Later that evening, the trees will be Illuminated!
Kerrisdale Play Palace Community Night
Wednesday April 18, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
This giant, indoor playground located in the Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena is kid heaven with bouncy castles, an nflatable obstacle course and slide, ride on cars, basketball and a toddler zone.
Richmond Nature Park, Sunday, Apr 22, 11 am – 3 pm
Attract birds to your own backyard by understanding what helps them survive. Presentations at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm. All ages welcome. Admission by donation.
Earth Day Pilgrimage to Burns Bog
Sunday, April 22, 2018, Begins at 1:30pm at the Delta Nature Reserve
This family friendly event celebrates Burns Bog and global peatlands. Performers sing, drum, and dance as we walk through the Delta Nature Reserve. Recharge your spirits while surrounded by nature and good company.
Mini Mills Club
Tsawwassen Mills, April 24, 2 to 4 pm
Show some love 💕 to mom with flower crafts💐 and more to celebrate Mother’s Day at Tsawwassen Mill’s monthly #MiniMills event on April 24, 2-4 pm, at the court near Bass Pro Shops.
ArtStarts on Saturdays: Just Imagine with Will Stroet
ArtStarts, April 28, at 11 am and 1 pm
Join Will Stroet, the star of Will’s Jams on CBC Kids at the ArtStarts Gallery downtown, for a fun show featuring music from his album Wordplay. Kids will be chuckling and singing along to funny puns, spoonerisms, anagrams, palindromes, rap and poetry. All Ages.
Trout Lake Community Centre, Sunday April 29, from 11:30 to to 3:30 pm (by donation)
World Rhythms for Youth Society and CubbyHole Artists present NEW this year as part of the 4th Annual Vancouver World Music Festival: WorldBeat Sunday, a FREE family-friendly event featuring Kutapira, Youth Performers: Los Tesoros, Zazu Collective, the East Van Marimba All Stars, and percussion workshops for the whole family.
Hawk and Owl Show
Richmond Nature Park, Sunday, Apr 29, 11 – 3 pm
Get up close and personal with breathtaking owls. Presented by the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society. All ages welcome. Admission by donation.