Spring break is almost upon us. In Vancouver, snowfalls have kept us in the clutches of Father Winter’s fist, but some recent sunshine has brought us the promise of warmer weather to come. The chill of winter may still linger, but the faint smells of spring are slowly seeping in, bringing thoughts of playtime and the scent of colourful spring blooms.
As spring break approaches, you may be in need of a few ideas to keep your kids learning, playing and exploring. If you’re stuck for ideas, read on for eight last-minute things to do in and around Vancouver that will bring you a spring break full of fun-filled activity.
Stairclimbing at the Vancouver Lookout
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Ready to get your heart pumping? Get your kids out any Tuesday in March to climb the Urban Grind stairs to the famously scenic Vancouver Lookout. Best for older children, teens and parents, this climb is challenging but will offer participants gorgeous views of the city, live entertainment, a $5 voucher to the Harbour Centre Food Court and a refreshing adult beverage for you hardworking parents – all for $5. A way to spend time together in the beautiful Vancouver outdoors. Visit vancouverlookout.com for details and directions.
Healthy Family Expo
On Sunday, March 29th, 2019 take your family out for a day of food, fun, activity and education at the Vancouver Convention Centre. With over 200 exhibitors offering products, services and healthy happenings that are fresh and eco-friendly, you’ll feel inspired to create new, beneficial lifestyle and eating habits for your entire family. The exhibit will showcase a 35,000 square foot Active Kid Zone Space containing sportball events, a climbing wall, trampolines and a Circus School. Add to that, live kids’ concerts and tons of kid-themed adventures, this spring break destination will keep your kids learning healthy new habits while having the time of their lives. Visit healthyfamilyexpo.com for all the details.
Celtic Fest Vancouver
Running through March 20th, Celtic Fest is a fun-filled family celebration worth a pot of gold. Taking place on Vancouver’s west side, Celtic Fest offers live entertainment, arts and crafts, popular Celtic sports, live theater and delicious Celtic food selections. Take your family out for a day, an afternoon or an evening of fun and education around famous Celtic traditions and celebrate some luck of the Irish. Visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/CelticFestVancouver.
Burnaby Village Museum
For twelve glorious days over spring break, the Burnaby Village Museum will offer free admission from March 18th-29th to this historical site. Taking families back in time, you’ll learn the traditions and day-to-day routines of a time gone by. Offering rides on their famous carousel, tons of kids’ games and entertainment, adventure guides and a whole host of daily scheduled kids’ activities, this spring break outing will offer any family a day full of education and explorations. Visit burnabyvillagemuseum.ca for daily schedules and details.
Festival du Bois
Taking place March 22nd – 23rd, the 30th annual Festival du Bois is a celebration of French-Canadian culture at its best. Affordable and filled with community celebration, you and your kids can dance, eat, play and explore all weekend. Live music, festive entertainment, engaging activities, kid-themed shows and mouth-watering food will ring in spring like never before. A Francophone feel brought to life right here on the west coast, brings Canada together for a weekend of cultural camaraderie. Visit festivaldubois.ca for more details.
Family Favourite Movies
For an indoor treat that’s entertaining and affordable, Cineplex offers their Family Favourite Movies every Saturday morning at 11:00 am at participating theatres. A chance to discover a new favourite or an old, and much-loved film on the big screen, Family Favourites is a great rainy-day or lazy-day activity the entire family can enjoy. Visit cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites for movie offerings.
Spring Break Mystery in the Museum at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
Designed with kids aged 7-10 in mind, this spring break mystery is set in the Great Depression of 1930 and invites families to find clues and solve the mystery of the missing fortune. Running during spring break, March 8th-29th, families will receive a detective kit with adult admission. Kids and youths 17 and under are free. Visit gulfofgeorgiacannery.org for details and location.
Parks Canada Xplorers
All across the country, families and kids can become a Park Canada Xplorer. A chance to get outside, get active and breath in the fragrant spring air, becoming an Xplorer will offer families a wonderful day outdoors. In each province, upon arrival, participating parks offer kids an Xplorers booklet that will provide a guide to unique park discoveries, fun activities and interesting information. Before leaving, kids will receive a souvenir and recognition as a Parks Canada Xplorer. For participating locations in BC, visit pc.gc.ca.
Spring Break is a time to let loose and prepare for sunnier, warmer days ahead. If you’re not heading out of town this year, have no fear – Vancouver, in all her glory, is here. Offering spontaneous, adventurous, and family centred fun for all, this city will be buzzing with spring break events ideal for families. So, get out of the house, shake off those winter blahs and indulge in some fresh, family-filled escapades.