Spring Break in Metro Vancouver starts on Monday March 18th. This year, spend some time exploring what the city has to offer over the two-week break. There are lots of great family and kid activities and events going on. Some are free, many are cheap, and all are worth the price of admission.
Spring Break: Activities for families
Wildlife Weeks at the Lynn Ecology Centre
This Spring Break, celebrate the natural world by learning more about local plants and wildlife via the Lynn Valley Ecology Centre. Some workshops
Saving the Northern Spotted Owl
–Monday, March 18 from 1-2pm, Suitable for ages 5 +, $12 per person
The Best Birds Of BC
-Sunday, March 19 from 1 – 2:30 pm, Drop-in, no registration required
Be Ocean Wise
-Wednesday, March 20 from 11am-12pm, by donation, suitable for ages 5+
Beautiiful Bugs – Treetop Tales
– Friday, March 22 from 11am-1130am, Drop-in, no registration required
Guided Exploration of Lynn Canyon Park
-Friday, March 22 from 1230pm-2pm, By donation. Suitable for ages 5+
Clean Water Champions
-Monday, March 25 from 11am to 12pm, By donation. Suitable for ages 5+
Wild about Bears
-Tuesday, March 26 from 1pm-2pm, By donation. Suitable for ages 5+
-Thursday, March 28 from 1030am-1130am, By donation. Suitable for ages 5+
Terrific Trees- Treetop Tales
-Friday, March 28 from 11am to 1130am, Drop-in, no registration required
Go on an adventure Hike
Explore the beautiful trails of Metro Vancouver with your kids. From easy walks to more challenging hikes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Get outdoors, soak up the sunshine, and make unforgettable memories with your family.
Check out the birdies at Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Get up close and personal with waddling and flying fowl at this jewel of a bird sanctuary on Westham Island. Pick up some seeds on-site and feed the birdies, just beware of the overly friendly sandhill cranes. A steal at $3 for kids and $5 for adults. Pro tip: Bring binoculars and a thermos of hot chocolate for the warming hut.
Crafts at Granville Island’s Kids Market *Free*
March 18-28, 2024
Experience the wonder of Smartee Pants’ magic show and transform into a butterfly, unicorn, or superhero with face painting at Granville. When you’re done, escape to the duck pond, check out the nearby crystal shop venture over to the market for some tasty treats at the Granville Island market.
-March 19, 1130am and 1pm, Magic Show
-March 20, 11am-2pm, Face Painting
-March 21, 1130am and 1pm, Magic Show
-March 22, 11am-2pm, Face Painting
-March 26, 1130am and 1pm, Magic Show
-March 27, 11am-2pm, Face Painting
-March 28, 11am-2pm, Face Painting
Carousel Theatre for Young People
Head over to the Carousel Theatre to watch “It’s Okay to Be Different,” which delivers messages of acceptance, understanding, and self-confidence in a clever and engaging way. Featuring a diverse cast, innovative puppetry techniques, and playful original music, this show has earned Mermaid Theatre worldwide praise.
March 16-24, 2024
The Vancouver Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum is a magical place for kids if you’ve never been. There is so much to see and explore. They’re open Tues-Sun 10 am- 5pm.
Burnaby Village Museum
Looking for a unique and educational experience this spring break? Look no further than the Burnaby Village Museum! From March 18th to 28th, the museum is open from 11am to 4:30pm, offering visitors a chance to step back in time and experience life in a 1920s village.
Spring Break Hours and Admission:
- Dates: March 18th to 28th
- Time: 11am to 4:30pm
- Admission: Free! Explore the museum’s grounds and enjoy all the activities without any cost.
VanDusen Gardens & Bloedel Conservatory
Check out the sprawling gardens at VanDusen where the kids can really roam around. You can always head up to Queen Elizabeth Park and take in the view. Warm up inside the tropical clime of the Bloedel Conservatory, home to colourful exotic birds and tropical plants.
Britannia Mine Museum,- “Live in the Lab: Mini Mud Monsters”
Britannia Mine Museum returned its child-friendly “Mini Mud Monsters” educational programming in the Terralab STEAM learning space. There are three sessions available throughout Spring Break.
March 18-28, 2024, Sundays to Thursdays, 130pm-430pm
Science World On The Road
Join Science World for exciting in-person science shows this spring break as they hit the road and bring their beloved dome shows to libraries across the Fraser Valley!
The “On the Road” team will be delivering live science performances that cater to families and science enthusiasts of all ages, right in your local library.
We’ll be making stops at libraries in White Rock, North Delta, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley, Port Coquitlam, Agassiz, Hope, Mission, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Aldergrove, Ladner, and Tsawwassen. Best of all, these shows are free of charge!
Please note that pre-registration may be required at some locations, so be sure to check with your local library for more details.
March 18 to May 28, 2024
Fort Langley National Historic Site
Explore the fort, check out a blacksmithing demo, pan for gold and be sure to check out the children’s Play Area. Cap it off with a visit to the charming town of Fort Langley to visit the train stroll by the water or pick up a fancy ice cream.
Culture and entertainment
Visit the Playgrounds
Have you visited any of the amazing playgrounds in Metro Vancouver? These are not your average playgrounds – each one is unique, state-of-the-art, and designed for all-day play. While some may have cost less than a million dollars, the experience they offer kids is truly priceless. A great time to visit during Spring Break
Visit the Farm!
Nothing says Spring quite like getting up close and personal with baby chicks, goats and ducklings. MapleWood Farm in North Van makes for a charming outing as does Aldor Acres in Fort Langley.
Steveston Village is a family paradise. There’s a wonderful playground for little ones, the Interurban tram (see below) as well as a series of great beaches at Garry Point Park. Plus there’s Pajo’s for lunch as well as loads of cafes and ice cream shops. Check out the boats, kick the ball around, ride bikes or visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.
Visit a community Centre and go indoor swimming
“Dive into spring break fun at your local community center! Splash around in the indoor pools, slide down thrilling water slides, and enjoy some poolside playtime with your friends. It’s the perfect way to beat the boredom and make a splash-tastic start to spring break!
>> Top indoor pools in Metro Vancouver
Sea To Sky Gondola
March 11-28, 2024
Sea to Sky Gondola has a special treat for families! From March 11th to the 28th, Kids and Youth (12 and under) Ride Free all Spring Break long. When you purchase an adult or senior day ticket online, you’ll receive one free child or youth ticket. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a memorable day out with the whole family amidst the stunning views of the Sea to Sky region.
As spring break approaches, there’s no shortage of exciting activities to enjoy with your kids in Metro Vancouver. Whether you’re exploring the great outdoors, visiting local attractions, or simply spending quality time together at home, these moments are precious and unforgettable.
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