Spring Break in Vancouver starts on Monday March 14th. 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 in-person and online. Some are free, many are cheap, and all are worth the price of admission.
Spring Break 2022: Activities for families
The Fraser River Discovery Centre
March 12 -27, 2022 10 am–4 pm
This Spring Break, the FRDC is offering two weeks of interactive family-friendly activities, including Wax-Paper Watersheds, Animal Artifacts, Sustainable Fishing Challenge, and Clay Fish Creations, tours, and online programs all break long.
Wildlife Weeks at the Lynn Ecology Centre
March 14-25, 2022 Online and In- Person Events
This Spring Break, celebrate the natural world by learning more about local plants and wildlife via the Lynn Valley Ecology Centre. They have several in-person and online sessions taking place.
Celtic Fest Vancouver
March 16-20, 2022
Kick-off Spring Break by exploring CelticFest Vancouver, which features Irish storytelling for kids on the live stage on Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th.
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.
Online events at the Vancouver Public Library
The VPL has some wonderful online workshops for kids this Spring Break, including a Unicorn Book Party, Spring Fling, an online D&D adventure and more!
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Take a self-guided tour of the historic Fraser River cannery, complete with fascinating fish tales, photographs, recordings and fun interactive displays. Junior history buffs will love this true-to-life industrial museum with lots of kid-friendly installations. Admission for kids under 17 is free.
Crafts at Granville Island’s Kids Market *Free*
March 14-25, 2022
Enjoy free crafts for kids, including a DIY backdrop photo booth, monster piñata-making, printmaking, lantern making and watercolours. 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.
Washed Ashore Art Exhibit Metropolis
Now until April 30, 2022
The Washed Ashore Exhibit is a free display of incredible sea creature sculptures made entirely of waste that washed up on Oregon’s shores. Volunteers, conservationists and artists have removed over 60,000 lbs of waste from the sea. Additionally, they’ve cleaned over 482 kilometres of beach, collecting everything from flip flops, bottle caps, lighters, beach toys, even a toilet seat and a microwave. Using these pieces of garbage, Lead Artist Steve Wright designs and builds intriguing and beautiful marine animal sculptures – large in scale but highly detailed. These works of art fuse imagination and education as they showcase creativity and the need for sustainability and protect our oceans.
HR MacMillan Space Centre
March 1-31, 2022
For the entire month of March, your family can explore the exhibits in HR MacMillan’s Cosmic Courtyard gallery, watch a show in the Planetarium Star Theatre and take in a live science demonstration in our GroundStation Canada theatre.
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.
Young Activist Reading Room
Until May 1, 2022
Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery and check out the Young Reader’s Activist room. It’s an interactive installation designed to connect children, families and students of all ages with stories of small moments that lead to big change. Aisha Kiani of our As A Mother Series’ I Dream Library is Featured there.
VanDusen Gardens & Bloedel Conservatory
Check out the sprawling gardens at VanDusen where the kids can really roam around or 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. PS: Check out the Guardians of the Garden: Bee Strong Challenge for ages 4-10.
Britannia Mine Museum, BOOM!
Visit Britannia Mine Museum’s award-winning exhibition BOOM! This immersive live-action experience introduces audiences to the story, sights and sounds behind the architectural marvel, Mill No. 3. It’s fun for all ages!
Science World, T-Rex: The Ultimate Predator
Visit Science World’s exhibit T-REX: The Ultimate Predator presented by RBC and White Spot. Walk through the world millions of years ago when this predator roamed the earth.
Fort Langley National Historic Site *Free*
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. Admission is free for kids and youth up to 17 years of age.
The World of Kidtropolis
Children can use their imaginations to become firefighters, police officers, restaurant owners, teachers, stage performers and more when they explore this 18,000 sq ft interactive mini-city.
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.