The Ultimate Guide To Fall Family Fun In Vancouver

With Halloween just around the corner, there are a host of SPOOKTACULAR events and activities fit for families of all ages happening in and around the city! Check out our ultimate guide to family fun this Halloween, and never be haunted again by the wrath of whiny kids who are looking for something to do.

Rocky Mountain Halloween PartyRocky Mountain Halloween
Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 4:30pm – 7:30pm
604-730-0321 (Kits location)
604-566-9779 (Main St. location)
$12.50 per child (plus tax)
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Rocky Mountain Flatbread will be hosting creep crawly Halloween parties for families at both of their Vancouver locations on Sunday, October 29 from 4:30 – 7:30pm. You’ll find tons of spooky fun on the menu, along with artisan pizzas, salads and pastas. They’ll keep the kids busy with Halloween activities while parents kick back with a glass of local wine or craft beer. The party fun includes: a Halloween pizza making station, a creepy crawly candy bar, drinks and potion bar, and face painting. Costumes encouraged!

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October 12 – 31, 2017 | Weekdays 4pm-9pm 
Weekends + Oct 31 10am – 9pm
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Adults: $27.00, Kids: $17.00 (locals receive 20% off!)
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Experience FlyOver Canada with a spooky twist! Broomelda the witch has once again worked her magic to transform FlyOver Canada this Halloween. Aspiring witches and wizards are welcomed into the Haunted Witches Academy before taking off on a spellbinding journey across Canada. This family-friendly tradition has a ‘spook factor’ suitable for those aged 4 years and up. Don’t miss this special seasonal offering at Vancouver’s must-see attraction FlyOver Canada. Bonus: locals save 20% when they book online!

Family Day + Mr. I’s Slightly Spooky Songs & Stories Concert Place des Arts Halloween
Place des Arts
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm
1120 Brunette Avenue Coquitlam, BC
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Family Day: Free | Mr. I concert: $10
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Tour four exhibitions by local artists at Place des Arts before diving into art activities and creating your own masterpieces. Mr. I’s concert will get wee ones in the mood for haunting (costumes optional, but encouraged). Admission to Family Day is free, and you can reserve your seats for the live concert online.

Halloween Fun at Central CityHalloween Central City
2153 Central City, 10153 King George Boulevard Surrey, BC
October 31, 2017 | 4pm – 6pm
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Families are invited to visit Central City from 4pm to 6pm on October 31st for a spooktacular time at the centre’s free Halloween Fun Event! Kids ages 12 and under dressed in costume can take part in centre-wide trick-or-treating at participating stores (while limited treats last). Plus, families can enjoy Halloween craft activities, face painting, balloon artists, entertainment, story time, and more (located near Winners).

Halloween at Wesbrook VillageWesbrook Halloween
3378 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC
All month long!

Halloween in Wesbrook Village has never been sweeter – or more mysterious! Visit the Wesbrook Welcome Centre every Wednesday in October at 4:30pm to watch classic Halloween movies with the family! Back again this year is the frighteningly famous Wesbrook Village trick-or-treating event on October 31, 2017 from 4pm – 6pm. Bring your little ghosts and goblins to participating Wesbrook Village retailers for treats (while quantities last). Don’t forget to vote for the best decorated store/costume for a chance to win a $50 Wesbrook Village Shopping Spree!

For more Fall family fun, check out our complete guide, available in the latest issue of WestCoast Families Magazine. Pick up a copy at a location near you, or read the full guide online here.

Adult Night at Fort Langley!

What is more chilling than tales of love, mysterious burials, and hair-raising amputations during Fort Langley National Historic Site’s annual Grave Tales Historic Walking Tours? Try sleeping over inside the fort after the tour!

New for 2016, adults over the age of 19 can choose to rent an oTENTik tent for the ultimate Grave Tales night out. Tickets for the overnight packages go on sale today at 8 am. The oTENTiks each sleep up to six, so choose the date and number of persons in your party from 1 to 6 when purchasing tickets on Regular Grave Tales tickets, without the overnight portion, will go on sale September 1st.

Grave Tales is a historic walking tour through the village of Fort Langley, ending inside the historic Big House inside the fort. Heritage Interpreters tell tales of misfortune in Fort Langley’s cemeteries, streets, and inside the Hudson’s Bay Company fort.

Tours cover stories of Hudson’s Bay Company workers’ long dead, but still lingering spirits, including Louisa and William Emptage. Many claim to have seen Louisa in early mornings  searching for William at the Fort Langley cemetery. If you don’t manage to glimpse these two, the tour ends back at Fort Langley National Historic Site in the site’s most haunted building, which some claim is home to a young boy’s ghost who still wants to play.


Adult tours (19+ only please):

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Fort Langley National Historic Site is part of Parks Canada’s system of national parks and national historic sites, which provide visitors with exceptional heritage experiences. This outdoor event will connect Canadians with nature as they explore the local area on foot.

Family Day Fun!

Looking for fun this Family Day? We have you covered! The Lower Mainland has tons to offer in the way of family-friendly activities and we’ve rounded up some of the best.

  1. Willowbrook Shopping Centre Peace Play Day
    11am to 6pm for a day full of family fun! This free, kid-friendly event will feature activities, demonstrations, and exhibits to celebrate world peace and harmony including: Decorating a LEGO peace tree with trees, flowers, and more, to celebrate world peace; Peace Passport: The first 600 kids aged 4-16 to complete a Peace Passport will receive a gift pack*. All completed passports will be entered for a chance to win a trip for 4 to the United Nations in New York!; Crafts, a Minute of Peace at 2pm, dancing, music, demonstrations and more!
  2. Family Day at the Fort
    Step away from technology and spend Family Day having good, old-fashioned fun at the fort! Starting at 10 am, put your kids to work, the old-fashioned way, with 19th century family chores. From 2 pm to 3 pm, take photos of your kids in historical outfits while they play dress up. Afterwards, watch blacksmith demonstrations, coopering demonstrations and earn a prize by completing our family scavenger hunt.
  3. Family Fun Day at the Nature Park
    Richmond Nature Park
    Come to the Richmond Nature Park for some adventurous family fun! Explore the bog through special scavenger and treasure hunts. All ages are welcome. Admission is by donation.
  4. Bloedel Conservatory or VanDusen 
    Check out the amazing creatures at the Bloedel Conservatory or VanDusen Gardens, where admission is free on Family Day! There are amazing flowers, mazes, snacks, beautiful foliage and animals to visit and lots of learning opportunities for little minds.
  5. Skate at Robson
    Everyone loves to skate, especially when semi-outdoors but protected at Robson Square, downtown Vancouver. Best of all, Family Day means free skate rentals and hot chocolate to keep energy up and tiny hands toasty!

Holiday To-Do!

Looking for fun winter activities? Check out this list by Laura Grady. 

Aldor Acres

Kick-start the holiday season with a trip to the farm. Aldor Acres invites you to wander their five-acre field and hunt for the perfect Christmas tree (you get to cut your own).

VanDusen Garden Maze

Twist and turn your way through the labyrinth and find the treasure at the centre–the Monkey Puzzle tree. Work as a team or race to the end.  

Heritage Holiday at the Fort

The whole family will enjoy stepping back into the 1800s and taking in the sites and sounds of the past.

Christmas in Steveston Village

The day will be filled with holiday carolers, horse drawn carriage rides and a Classic Christmas car display. Between December 7 and 23, visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery for their annual Festival of Trees.

Burnaby Mountain Park

Take in the scenery or wander through the parks network of hiking and walking trails (all fairly easy and not too long). Don’t forget to check out the beautiful collection of Japanese totem poles.

Snowshoeing on Mount Seymour

Give the skies and snowboards a break and strap on some snowshoes for a day of family fun.



Go See the Richmond Olympic Oval 5th Anniversary Celebrations: December 12 – 15, 2013

The Richmond Olympic Oval opened its doors on December 12, 2008. To celebrate its 5th anniversary, the Oval will host 4 days of complimentary programs, classes, seminars, and workshops from December 12-15, 2013.RichmondOval5yearevent

“The memories of the Oval’s wonderful opening weekend are still fresh in the minds of the many thousands of Richmond residents who participated in the ceremonies,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Everyone was there, from youth to seniors and all walks of life. It affirmed our vision that the Oval would be a facility that everyone in our community could use and enjoy. Since then, that vision has been fulfilled every day as hundreds of thousands of users have taken advantage of the diverse programs, events and amenities offered in this incredible legacy of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. I invite everyone to join us as we celebrate five years of tremendous success.”

Thursday, December 12th will begin with Oval birthday cake at 12 p.m. for the first 50 people that arrive at the Oval’s O Cafe; $5 drop-in admission will be in effect throughout the day. Other complimentary highlights of the event include free group fitness classes (Hatha Yoga Flow and Zumba), kettlebell workshops, a running clinic, a foam rolling session, an acupuncture seminar, a learn-to-row session, a bike fit workshop and a family Christmas skate on December 14, including a visit from Santa Claus.

Promotions running throughout the event include original gold membership rates on now until the end of the event, Oval Member pricing on select programs available to the public, O Cafe Happy Hours every day featuring 25% off all entrees, and 50% off physiotherapy and 30% off massage services booked at LifeMark Sports Medicine – Richmond Olympic Oval from December 12 to 15.

For complete event details and schedule, please visit <> . 

Don’t Miss the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival this Saturday!

Music, arts, entertainment and more abound this November 23rd at the Central City Plaza, SFU and City Centre Library, between 12 noon and 8 pm. Come ring in the holiday season at this wonderful free event that has something for the whole family to enjoy! Here are just a few of the wonderful events scheduled:
Stage with Tree

CHRISTMAS PLAZA (on 102 Avenue between City Parkway and University Drive

Coast Capital Savings Letters to Santa
Kids can bring their letters to Santa and mail them in Canada Post’s World’s Largest Mailbox

Shooting Stars Ferris wheel
Ride by donation to the Surrey Christmas Bureau

Ice Carving
Watch ice carvers create a beautiful full sized sleigh and have your photo taken in it.

Sleigh Rides
Ride our horse drawn sleigh along 102 Avenue

Road Hockey
You bring the passion for the game of hockey, we provide the sticks and nets.

Rudolph’s Trolley
Ride Rudolph’s Trolley to Storyville and the Surrey Libraries Festival of Trees at City Centre Library.


7:00 pm 6:15 pm 6:10 pm 5:30 pm 4:30 pm 3:00 pm 2:00 pm 1:15 pm 1:00 pm 12:40 pm 12 noon

Victoria Duffield
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tyson Venegas
Sway – Michael Bublé Tribute
Good for Grapes
Dr. Strangelove
VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir
Mascot Dance-Off
Santa’s arrival with Santa Brass Band & Tyson Venegas Norman Foote

KIDS WORLD/SANTA’S WORKSHOP (SFU Grand Hall) BC Hydro Powersmart Kids Stage

Kids entertainment from 12 noon – 5pm

Craft Zone
Come and create a holiday craft in the Craft zone hosted by the Downtown Surrey BIA

Candy Cane Theatre
Enjoy classic holiday films inside the SFU Theatre


5:15 pm 4:30 pm 3:30 pm 2:30 pm 1:30 pm 12:30 pm

Lavrova Ballet School
VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir Rockin’ Robin Show
Norman Foote
Kwantlen Glee Club
Rockin’ Robin Show

WINTERLAND (inside the mall near Winners) Crafts, balloon artist and face painting for kids

Victoria Duffield Autograph Session at 4:00 PM

NORTH POLE (located inside the mall near Tim Hortons)

Photos with Santa (2-5pm) Holiday choirs

Hands Down the Cutest Cooking Contest

The votes came in last week for Better Together’s third annual Hands-On Cook-Off, an online contest that invites people to send in video recipes of families cooking and eating together. And it was a tight competition! We don’t envy the panel of judges – including Karen Le Billon, author, French Kids Eat Everything; Meeru Dhalwala, co-owner of Viji’s and Rangoli restaurants, and author of two best-selling cookbooks; Kia Robertson, Creator of Today I Ate a Rainbow; and Bob Kronbauer, Founder, Vancouver is Awesome – the recipes were killer and the participants all eager and sweet. The winning video, which can be seen here, is entitled “Cooking Will’s Favourite Recipe with His Poppa in Sechelt” and illustrates the making of a delicious tomato basil crostini from the farmer’s market to the finished product.

The People’s Choice award went to Culinary Creations by L & K, which can be seen here. Congratulations winners and we look forward to see what families are cooking up next year.

Don’t Miss Once Upon a Belly Today in Yaletown!

An informative and exciting festival for new and expectant parents, Once Upon A Belly provides an amazing environment that brings together everything your growing family will need. Parents and parents-to-be will be able to shop and explore for all things baby. The event will also include:

  • A gift bag full of free products & samples for the first 250 moms in attendance
  • A “Mommy Lounge” to breastfeed and change babies.
  • A broad scope of exhibitors
  • Door prizes galore, including a shadowbox of your baby’s feet casting, courtesy of Wee Piggies & Paws, valued at $350
  • Guest speakers offering specialized advice in their respective fields

Admission is by donation. Proceeds will go to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 11am-4pm

WHERE: Roundhouse Community Centre, Yaletown


Help End Child Poverty in the Lower Mainland!

On May 14, join The Beat 94.5FM and Toonies for Kids at the Executive Coast Plaza Hotel in Coquitlam to fight child poverty in the Lower Mainland at this fabulous evening!

Tickets are only $75 and includes, dinner (choice of 3 entrees), music by DJ Baby Bliss, dancing, a belly dancing show by Ala Nar Belly Dancing Troupe, and great casino action all night long! You will be able to gamble away your “funny money” for chances to win incredible prizes including:
  • A trip for 2 anywhere Westjet flies
  • Fishing Charter Trip with Built for Speed Fishing Charters
  • Spa Sessions including Laser Treatments for M/F
  • Wine Rack with Wine from Everything Wine
  • Hotel Accommodations at Tulalip Casino in WA, USA
  • Hotel Accommodations at Executive Plaza Hotel
  • Portrait Sessions with Award Winning Photographers
  • Flight Centre Travel Vouchers
  • 2011/2012 Season Whistler / Blackcomb Lift Tickets
  • and MORE!

Get your tickets today!!

Enterprising Moms Launches in Langley

Looking to expand your network? As owner of Fresh Perspective Family Coaching, Kasia Rachfall knows all too well how hard it is to be a mom entrepreneur, and the tricky balancing act that surrounds being one. It’s why she is launching a chapter of Enterprising Moms Network in Langley, on May 3rd at a party at the Barnes Harley Davidson Building in Langley, from 7pm-9pm.

Enterprising Moms Network, which began in 2007 in White Rock, has thirteen chapters across BC, Ontario and Alberta. The Network was created in direct response to the growing need for ongoing support and assistance for mom entrepreneurs in every community, some of whom have left high-rolling corporate careers to raise their children.

The guest speaker is Harmony Thiessen, Founder of the Triple Win Thinkers, and who acts as a catalyst for ideas and motivator for leaders. It’s free to attend and a great way for women to meet others mom entrepreneurs in the community.

For more info and to register for this event, visit