vancouver: what to do, what to do?

Filed Under Events | May 21, 2010


It’s a long weekend that’s full of fun. And it’s time to check out your local community centre for summer registration. Plus the Renfew pool’s been closed for renos and they’ve just reopened. And of course, the Children’s Festival wraps up this weekend.

VSO Tiny Tots: Gallop and Go
Friday, May 21st, three shows (10 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm), Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver & Saturday, May 22nd, two shows (10am, 11:30am), Terry Fox Theatre, 1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam
Linda and Lisa of “Let Your Music Shine” will take kids on a symphonic adventure incorporating farmyard fun and barnyard beats:

Victoria Day Weekend Fun at Kids Market
Saturday, May 22nd – Monday, May 24th, various times, Kid’s Market on Granville Island, 1495 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Catch Rainbow the Dragon at the Market on Monday, May 24th from noon to 3 pm, the rest of the weekend there’ll also be face painting, temporary tattoos courtesy of Nicole the Henna Artist and the Child Find Program will be on site too:

Science World: Crazy Contrapting & X Marks the Spot
Saturday May 22nd – Monday, May 24th, various times, Science World, TELUS World of Science, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Saturday, May 22nd is all about crazy contrapting, check for times as they may vary. And urban treasure hunters from the BC Geocaching Assocation will lead you on a treasure trek using tools of the trade:

Granville Island Water Park
Saturday, May 22nd – Monday, September 6th, 10am – 6pm, Granville Island Water Park, Vancouver
The Granville Island Water Park is Canada’s largest free outdoor water park and it opens for the summer season this Saturday. Full park operation starts on June 29th to September 6th. Check their site for hours/what’s open before then. Remember, bathing suits aren’t optional:

Kitsilano Farmers Market
Sundays, May 23rd – October 24th, 10 am – 2 pm, Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street & 10th Avenue, Vancouver
The Kits Farmers Market opens for the summer this Sunday. You’ll find organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as yummy baking, crafts and live music. Plus the playground and water park are handily close to keep the kids busy:

Drift 2.0: Kid’s Painting
Sunday, May 23rd, 4 pm – 6 pm, Little Mountain Gallery, 195 E. 26th Avenue, Vancouver
They supply the canvasses, paint and supplies, you supply the kids! For just $20 kids can paint, get creative and enjoy juice and cookies:

Victoria Day Preschool Open Gym
Monday May 24th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Need to keep your little ones from one to five busy this Monday? The Kerrisdale Community Centre is hosting an open gym full of toys and equipment:

Meet D.J. MacHale at Vancouver Kids Books
Wednesday, May 26th, 7 pm, Vancouver Kids Books, 3083 West Broadway, Vancouver
D.J. MacHale, writer, producer and director of TV series and movies including Flight 29 Down and Are You Afraid of the Dark will be in town for a reading from his first book series, Pendragon. Be sure to get your tix in advance, the $5 cost goes towards the cost of the book if you buy it on the night of the event:

Mini Med School X
Wednesday, May 26th, 7 pm – 9 pm, Chan Centre for Family Health Education, 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver
This series of informative sessions about conception, birth and beyond continues with a look at changing the reproduction line and how you can help. School is free but seating is limited so do register in advance by calling 604.875.2000 x5397:

*Please note: this date is incorrect, the event happens on May 29th!*
World’s Longest Garage Sale

Thursday, May 20th, 10 am – 2 pm, Blenheim Street between 16th Ave & SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
It’s the 7th Annual Blenheim Street Bazaar with 30 blocks of bargains on Blenheim Street from 15th Avenue to SW Marine Drive. Keep your eyes peeled for the yellow balloons and great bargains:

Farther Afield:

Thursday, May 20th, 6 pm – 7:30 pm Green Timbers Park (parking lot is in the 14600 block of 100 Avenue), Surrey
How do insects feel to you? Wiggly? Slimy? Fuzzy? Kids from five to 12 can learn all about the bugs that live in the Green Timbers Urban Forest and check some of them out up close. There’ll be a fun bug craft too. Be sure to pre-register by calling 604.588.6825:

Kids Decorated Bike Parade & 33rd Annual Bed Races
Thursday, May 20th, 6 pm, 176A Street & 57A Avenue, Cloverdale
Kids can enter into the five and under, six to 10 and 11 and over categories of the parade for a chance to win one of three bikes and special prizes for the most creative. Helmets are mandatory. And it’s all followed by the infamous bed races:

Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair
Friday, May 21st – Monday, May 24th, see schedule for times, 6050A-176th Street, Surrey
The fairgrounds with be hopping with rodeo action, lots of entertainment on the outdoor entertainment stage, Fraser Valley’s largest midway, heaps of fun in the Kidz Zone, a parade on Saturday and don’t forget the rodeo itself:

Friday, May 21st, 7 pm, Saturday, May 22nd, 8 pm, Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster
Vancouver Circus School is presenting this unforgettable, interactive bouncy circus experience exploring the creative potential of all things stretchy and bouncy including a trampoline, bungee silks, bouncy balls, bounce juggling. We suggest you bound on over:

Hyack Festival
Saturday, May 22nd – Saturday, May 29th, various times and locations, New Westminister
New West is awash in fireworks, carnival rides, an antique fair, street fair and parade in this nine-day, non-stop festival of fun:

Steveston Outdoor Pool Opens For Season
Saturday, May 22nd, Steveston Outdoor Pool 4111 Moncton Street, Steveston
Every weekend from now until June 28th you can check out Richmond’s outdoor pool in the Steveston Park that includes a slide and a shallow pool for tots. After June 28th it’ll open every day:

“Junk In Your Trunk” Outdoor Swap Meet
Saturday, May 22nd, 9 am – 2 pm, Richmond High School Parking Lot, 7171 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond
This swap meet is not limited to kiddie items (though there will be lots of those too), instead you’ll find a whole heap of different items. Call 604.512.0509 or email for more info.

Little Critters Kids Swap
Saturday, May 22nd, 9 am – 3 pm, St. Ann’s Church, 33333 Mayfair Avenue, Abbotsford
Small businesses are welcome, as well as those of us who need to clean out our closets, as vendors at this swap featuring all things munchkin:

Pirates! Blocks ‘n Buccaneers
Saturday, May 22nd – August 28th, Tuesdays-Fridays: 9:30am – 5:30pm, Saturdays: 10 am – 5 pm, Surrey Museum, 17710-56A Avenue, Surrey
Budding piratologists won’t want to miss this swashbuckling adventure of villainy, plunder and buried treasure featuring LEGO® creations built by the Vancouver LEGO® Club showcasing the world of pirates, from their ships, treasures, famous battles and weapons to their dress, possessions, grub and legends. Eye patches are optional:

Victoria Day Weekend in Fort Langley
Saturday, May 22nd – Monday, May 24th, 10 am – 5 pm, Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley
Play lawn games and explore the nooks and crannies of the Fort, plus on Monday it’s the annual May Day parade in the village:

Sheep to Shawl Competition
Saturday, May 22nd, 11 am – 4 pm, Surrey Museum, 17710 – 56A Avenue, Surrey
Kids can try weaving and making sheep crafts and pics while they watch and cheer on local spinning and weaving guilds as they card, spin and ply raw sheep’s wool into yarn and then weave a shawl:

8th Annual Royal City Multicultural Festival
Saturday, May 22nd, 11 am – 8 pm, Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminister
Downtown New West will be buzzing with a full day of ethnic culture from all around the world including lots of different foods, traditional dances and more:

Silver Valley Spring Festival
Saturday, May 22nd, 12 noon – 11:45 pm, Maple Ridge Park, 23200 Fern Crescent (232 and Fern Crescent), Maple Ridge
The Silver Valley Association is hosting this family event which is about preserving the community, enjoying children’s activities, entertainment, a salmon release and more:

Vaudeville & a Movie
Saturday, May 22nd, Sunday, May 23rd, and Monday, May 24th, 1:30 pm, Clova Cinema, 5732 – 176 Street, Cloverdale
For three days during Surrey’s biggest annual event – the Cloverdale Rodeo -  Susie Francis & the Versatiles will perform a daily variety show that includes a family-friendly matinee:

Victoria Day Open House
Sunday, May 23rd, 12 noon-4 pm, Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
Victoria Day at Burnaby Village
Monday, May 24th, 11 am – 4:30 pm, Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

The Museum site is set in the 1920s where pictures of King George V and Queen Mary are hung in the school house, the Union Jack flies over the site and Victoria Day is celebrated in grand style with  Morris dancers, Maypole Dancing, a parade and construction of a colossal cake. And after the parade you can be presented to Queen Victoria by her ladies-in-waiting during the Queen’s Levee:

101 Dalmatians
Wednesday, May 26th – Saturday, May 29th, 1 pm & 7 pm, Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
The Evergreen Cultural Centre will bring the classic tale of the 101 Dalmatians as they outsmart the monstrous Cruella De Ville. We wonder if there’ll be 101 cast members:

And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the website for event info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it.  And of course, have fun!

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