It’s been a long winter but we are one step closer to Spring and we’ve earned a long weekend. Family Day is Monday February 19th. In the last stretch of winter there are still some great activities and fun things to do with the family. The Family Day long weekend was introduced to encourage extra time with our loved ones, between New Year’s Day and Easter holidays, so whatever you do, do it together! Here are 10 kid-friendly activities for Family Day.
Pretend you’re on a visit to the Amazon in the conservatory dome at Vancouver’s highest point, Queen Elizabeth Park. Experience paradise with over 120 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers across Tropical, Subtropical and Desert climatic zones, all under one roof. Spot macaws, finches and parrots flying around through the lush paradise.
Museum of Surrey
Join Museum of Surrey for free family fun this coming Family Day weekend on February 17th! Enjoy a variety of activities, including caricatures by Corycature, oversized board games, and crafts. Warm up with free hot chocolate as you explore our exhibits. Don’t miss our special scavenger hunt with prizes available all day. It’s a day of excitement and entertainment for the whole family!
>> Museum of Surrey
Planet Earth Shallow Seas 4D Experience at the Vancouver Aquarium
Visit the Vancouver Aquarium and go under the sea on a cinematic adventure. It’s filled with thrilling sensory effects like wind, mist, scents and dramatic lighting. You will explore some of the world’s richest coral reefs and shallow coastal waters. Members can bring a friend for free.
Take a Hike
Fresh air and space to run free make a hike sound very appealing this long weekend. The price is right. And, it’s unlikely you’ll need to book a space and nature is calling. Get the muddy buddies out and hit the trails. And, don’t forget lots of water and, of course, snacks.
Here are three hikes your kids will love.
Burnaby Village Museum
Experience a vibrant celebration of South Asian culture through music, dance, and art Burnaby Village Museum! Join for an exciting day filled with lively performances and engaging activities that showcase the rich traditions of South Asia. While there, you can also enjoy a ride on the carousel for just $2.52 plus tax per ticket. The last carousel ride will be at 3:45 pm. Please note that due to construction, only the Carousel Pavilion building and surrounding plaza will be open for this event.
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Vancouver Art Gallery
February 19, 11am-4pm
This Family Day, let the current exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery inspire you and your children to learn, dream, and connect through art. Explore the world of Emily Carr: A Room of Her Own, Denyse Thomasos: just beyond, Rooted Here: Woven from the Land, and Offsite: Pedro Reyes, and discover new ways to ignite creativity and imagination.
Join them for a series of engaging activities designed to spark your child’s creativity and foster a love for art.
Children 12 and under can enjoy free admission when accompanied by an adult
Gallery Members also enjoy free admission, and youth 18 and under always visit for free!
>> Vancouver Art Gallery
Fan EXPO Vancouver
From Feb 17th-19th, the Vancouver Convention Centre is home to a fun-filled comic, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event. FAN EXPO Vancouver celebrates all things pop culture with family-friendly attractions including a family costume contest!
Honour Black History Month
February is Black History Month and a meaningful time to connect and learn as a family. Consider reading books together to honour Black culture and community, or visit one of the parks and memorials around Vancouver. There are many different ways to share Black History Month with your family this weekend.
Family Day Skate at the Shipyards
Get ready to lace up your skates and join in for a fantastic Family Day Skate at The Shipyards on February 19th! It’s a day for everyone to come together and enjoy music, delicious food, and of course, skating fun. Whether you’re gliding on the ice with your kids, enjoying the tunes, or indulging in tasty treats, there’s something for everyone to delight in.
The Skate Plaza, The Shipyards, City of North Vancouver
Year of the Dragon at Chinatown Storytelling Centre
This weekend, the Chinatown Storytelling Centre will be hosting family-friendly activities honouring the Year of the Dragon for Family Day, which lands on the 9th day of the Lunar New Year celebration this year. Visitors are invited to come see a handmade dragon head at the Chinatown Storytelling Centre, take some festive photos, and learn about Chinatown’s vibrant heritage!
Admission will be 50% off the whole weekend and will be free for those 17 and under. Youth under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. On Monday, February 19th, visitors will be able to come and colour their own wooden dragon magnet. Kids will be able to bring a one-of-a-kind dragon home to attract good luck for the year ahead! There will be one kit per person, while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis.
Date: Saturday to Monday, February 17-19, 2024* | 11 am – 4 pm
*Drop-in crafts activity free with admission on Monday, February 19, 2024, from 11 am – 1 pm Sunday, February 11 (11 am – 4 pm)
168 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T3
>> Chinatown Storytelling Centre
Brunch At Joseph Richards Group Restaurants
With Family Day approaching this weekend, it’s a great opportunity for families to enjoy a special brunch outing together. Join at Joseph Richards Group Restaurants on Family Day, where we’ll be serving up delicious brunches at various locations from 10am to 2pm. Here’s where you can find them:
- Townhall | 10:00am-2:00pm
- Oak & Thorne | 10:00am-2:00pm
- The Henry | 10:00am-2:00pm
- The Buck & Ear | 10:00am-2:00pm
- S+L Kitchen & Bar Langley | 10:00am-2:00pm
- S+L Kitchen & Bar South Surrey | 10:00am-2:00pm
- S+L Kitchen & Bar Abbotsford | 10:00am-2:00pm
- Tavern on the Green | 10:00am-2:00pm
Treat your family to a memorable brunch experience this Family Day!
BC Bird Trails
Escape the city bustle and immerse yourself in Vancouver’s birdwatching paradise this Family Day. Vancouver’s diverse ecosystems, from ocean fronts to forests, offer a plethora of birding hotspots. Explore iconic locations like Stanley Park, English Bay, Queen Elizabeth Park, and the Fraser River estuaries, home to local and migratory bird species. Check out BC Bird Trails for more information and bird trails around Metro Vancouver.
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Jenn Wint is a writer, communications strategist and a public relations specialist. She is passionate about storytelling and community. Jenn lives in East Vancouver with her husband, 3yo son and 1yo daughter. You’ll find them hanging around Vancouver’s playgrounds, water parks, coffee shops and anywhere that bakes fresh cookies in-house!