5 Fun Ways To Enjoy Family Day With Kids In Vancouver

Family Day

Family Day is still a fairly new holiday for BC locals, only in its fifth year since it was first officially observed in February of 2013. After a post-holiday lull, the second Monday in February is the perfect time for families to take a much-needed break and enjoy each other’s company, and thanks to a city filled with fun activities for the whole family, there’s lots to choose from when it comes to finding ways to celebrate this special day. Here are some ways that you can enjoy the Family Day festivities in and around Vancouver.

Adventure’s Aplenty at the Sea to Sky Gondola

From February 10th – February 12th, families can enjoy 50% off day tickets to enjoy the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish. Head to the peak for a packed list of family-friendly fun, including:

  • Snowshoe rentals and tours
  • Old-fashioned snow tubing
  • S’mores around the outdoor bonfire
  • An old-fashioned Canadian Sugar Shack
  • Featured family meals
  • Face-painting
  • Live music (Sunday only)
  • Retail discounts on The North Face children’s clothing
  • Plus much more!

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Enjoy Fun and Fins With Your Favourite Aquatic Family

It’s all fun and fins at Vancouver Aquarium this Family Day weekend! From February 10th – February 12th, visitors can get to know Vancouver Aquarium’s aquatic family though special activities and programs, including:

  • Bubble over with laughter (and learning) during the Puppet Show at 10:45 a.m. It’s perfect for gills and buoys of all ages.
  • Get up close with intriguing snakes or fascinating tortoises during the Meet a Snake or Meet a Tortoise program at 11:30 a.m.
  • Satisfy curiosities during the Meet a Penguin program at 1:30 p.m. and get to know these loveable little birds.
  •  Take an imaginary underwater journey during Story Time at 3:45 p.m. Wetsuit not required.
  • Enjoy face painting and represent your favourite sea creature on your cheek!

Guests can also receive 25% off Aquarium membership during Family Day weekend; this limited offer is available from February 10th – February 12th only.

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Cavort Through The Lonsdale Quay

The Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver loves to celebrate little ones! Each year they host a series of events and activities that the whole family can enjoy. Here’s a list of just some of the things you can expect during your visit:

10:00am: The Lonsdale Artisan Farmer’s Market will kick start the day with a delicious pancake breakfast on the South Plaza.

10:00am – 11:30pm: The Quay be hosting an interactive petting zoo for kids on the East Plaza. There will be a mini horse, goats, chickens and more! Face painting and balloon twisting vendors will also be set up on the East Plaza.($)

10:00am – 1:00pm: Kids’ Valentine card making will be held on the upstairs level, by the ball pit area. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, you can create your own cards and decorate them with glitter, hearts, stickers and more!

12:00pm – 1:00pm:  The day will end with an exciting and engaging puppet show that will entertain children of all ages. The show will begin at noon, next to Olde World Confections, on the Market Level.

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Find Family Fun in the Fraser Valley

Last year’s Family Day festivities were such a hit, that the Family Day organizers have decided to take it up a notch, making this year’s event even bigger and better than ever! On Monday, February 12th, families can visit the Langley Events Centre Arena for a fun-filled day, including an hour-and-a-half public skate, exhibits and interactive booths, visits with athletes, and more!

Plus, the Giants will be on the ice practicing and hosting a skills competition from noon-1pm, followed by an autograph session upstairs afterwards. Members of the Vancouver Stealth lacrosse team and the Langley Rams Football Club will be present too.

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Take A Hike!

The snow is starting to melt and the walkways are clearing up, just in time to enjoy a family stroll in the wintery woods. Head to the Seymour Demonstration Forest and enjoy a brisk walk around Rice Lake, or stroll through the trails of Cates Park in North Vancouver for a breath of fresh air and breathtaking scenery. For a list of other places to stroll, check out our post – Stroll Into 2018 With These 5 Family-Friendly Hikes.

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