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Filed Under Events | October 6, 2011

Cranberry Festival

Welcome to yoyomama’s weekend guide! Your go-to list of family friendly fun things to do with kids in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and though the weather is getting colder, there’s lots of family fun to be had.  If you’re feeling active, check out some Thanksgiving Skates, go on the ClickinWalk, or hit up the Turkey Trot.  If you’d like to relax, and maybe have a Thanksgiving meal cooked for you, check out the kite flying at Vanier Park, do a craft at Home Depot, and enjoy a community Thanksgiving dinner.  And don’t miss all the cranberry celebrations! If you’re looking to get started on Halloween celebrations, be sure to check out our Halloween HQ.

Treetop Tales
Friday, October 7th, 11:00 am – 11:30 am, Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, 3663 Park Road, North Vancouver
It’s story time at the Ecology Centre on the first and third Friday of every month.  This drop in program is for kids aged 2 and up, accompanied by an adult.  Suggested donation is $2 per person:

Thanksgiving Dinner And Movie Night
Friday, October 7th, 5 pm – 9 pm, Thunderbird Community Centre, 2311 Cassia Street, Vancouver
Gather your family and friends for a tasty dinner and movie night, hassle free!  No cooking required, just come and enjoy: www.

Gear Sale At Grouse Mountain
Saturday, October 8th – Sunday, October 9th, 9 am – 5 pm, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver
If your family loves snow sports you know how pricey the equipment can be.  Hit up the Gear Sale and save big on quality brands.  There will be a burger special to give you sustenance while you shop. The mountain also sells off all their used rental equipment:

Saturday, October 8th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, Johnson Street at the totem pole, Granville Island, Vancouver
Do you love snapping photos? Join up with other mums who share your passion, and you can share tips as you walk and click.  There are prizes to be won, including a children’s category for the little clickers in your life.  Register in advance:

Build A Fire Safety Helicopter
Saturday, October 8th, 10 am – Noon, Home Depot, various locations, see site for details
Kids aged 4 -12 will love playing with hammers and glue while creating a fire safety helicopter.  Classes are being held around B.C.  Classes are free, but pre-registration is required:

Rabbit Festival
Saturday, October 8th, Noon – 4 pm, Wise Hall 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
Are you a bunny lover?  Come by the rabbit festival (with or without your long-eared friend) for vet check-ups (by donation), games and prizes, grooming and nail clipping, and refreshments:

“One Sky, One World” Fly For Peace, B.C. Kitefliers Association
Sunday, October 9th, 11 am – 4 pm, Vanier Park, Vancouver
Bring your kite or lawn chair and enjoy the kites as they fly. You’ll see all kinds of kites throughout the day. There’s no official start or end time, and there will be kites all day (weather permitting): www.

Granville Island Turkey Trot 10K
Monday, October 10th, 8:30 am – Noon, Performance Works Granville Island, 1218 Cartwright, Vancouver
Come work off some of that rich Thanksgiving food at the Turkey Trot. You’ll enjoy time with family and friends, raise money for the food bank, and enjoy gourmet food and live music afterwards. Register online before Friday, or in person on Saturday.  This event is for the whole family, and includes an under 14 category and Tot Trot:

Farther Afield:

Baby Cafe At Richmond Family Place
Friday, October 7th, 10 am – Noon, Richmond Family Place, 8660 Ash Street, Richmond
Breastfeeding Week is wrapping up with a Baby Café.  Mums and babies, along with their families, are invited to drop in and discuss how the community can support breastfeeding.  There will be staff on hand to facilitate discussions, and snacks and coffee to enjoy.  All participating mums will get a small gift:

Gobble, Gobble, Goofy Turkeys
Friday, October 7th, 11 am – Noon, or 1 pm – 2 pm, Surrey Museum, 17710-56A Avenue, Surrey
We all love it when the leaves change colour, but do you know the science behind it?  Bring your tots and learn all about it.  You’ll also do autumn-themed crafts, and make a snack.  Pre-registration required at 604.592.6956:

Community Potluck
Friday, October 7th, 6 pm – 8 pm, Terra Nova Barn, 2631 Westminster Highway, Richmond
This monthly community potluck is an opportunity for the community to get together, share some food, and listen to a speaker or enjoy a film.  Children are welcome, and the only cost to you is some food to share:

Beaver Buddies
Saturday, October 8th, 10 am – 11:30 am, Burnaby Lake Regional Park, 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby
Bring your preschooler and look for beaver lodges and trails, and signs of beaver-chopped trees.  You’ll learn about beavers while you play games and make a craft.  Appropriate for ages 3 – 4, accompanied by an adult:

Cranberry Day At Meadows Maze
Saturday October 8th, 10 am – Noon, Meadows Maze, 13672 Reichenbach Road, Pitt Meadows
Come for a hayride around a real floating cranberry bog, drink some cranberry juice, and learn about growing and harvesting cranberries.  You can also enjoy some tasty cranberry pancakes. There will be face painting, crafts, a petting zoo, the maze, and much more.  Every paying guest goes home with a free bag of cranberries and a recipe:

Delta Fire Rescue Open House
Saturday, October 8th, 10 am – 3 pm, Fire Hall #3, 11375 84th Avenue, North Delta
The folks at Delta Fire and Rescue want to help you protect your family from fire.  Come to the Fire Hall open house and learn how you can keep your loved ones safe:

Cranberry Sale
Saturday, October 8th, 10 am – 3 pm, Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Did you know cranberries are rich in vitamins and boast loads of health benefits?  Cranberries make tasty jams and tangy baked goods, they’re safe in the fridge for weeks, and can be frozen long term. So pick up some local fresh cranberries this weekend at the nature park:

Fort Langley Cranberry Festival
Saturday, October 8th, 10 am – 5 pm, Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley
With over 100 vendors, family activities, live music (including Will Stroet), entertainment, and a pancake breakfast, the Cranberry Festival is sure to be a hit this weekend.  You’ll find all kinds of yummies made with cranberries, like popcorn and jam, as well as local crafters.  A good opportunity to start some holiday shopping:

Releaf Tree Planting – Claude Harvey Park
Saturday, October 8th, 10:30 am – 1 pm, Claude Harvey Park, 5780 182nd Street, Surrey
Come help make your local park greener by planting a tree.  All equipment is provided, just drop in and bring the family:

Meet And Greet With Elmo And Fundraiser Event
Saturday, October 8th, – Sunday, October 9th, 11 am – 2 pm, Fintastic’s Cuts for Kids, 15905 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Elmo will be available for photographs this weekend with all proceeds going to the Surrey Food Bank.  Photos with Elmo are $4.99:

Thanksgiving Tea
Saturday, October 8th – Sunday, October 9th, Noon – 5 pm, London Heritage Farm, 6511 Dyke Rd at Gilbert Rd, Richmond
Come enjoy a traditional tea this weekend in the Tea Room.  Reservations are recommended:

Kids Swap ‘n Shop
Saturday, October 8th, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, George Preston Center, 20699 42nd Avenue, Langley
Do you love to pick up a good deal?  Then you’ll love kids swap meets!  This one will cost you a mere $2 to get in, but the savings potential is huge.  If you’d like to sell some of your stuff, tables start at only $15.  Email for details.

Tsawwassen Arts Centre Family Concert Series Featuring Purple Pirate
Saturday, October 8th, 2 pm – 4 pm, Tsawwassen Arts Centre, 1172 56th Street, Tsawwassen Arts Centre
The Purple Pirate brings dance and comedy together in a positive, self-esteem building performance that kids love.  Register early, as this popular performer may sell out:

Thanksgiving Dinner At Kilby
Sunday, October 9th – Monday, October 10th, 11 am – 4 pm, Kilby Historic Site, 215 Kilby Road, Harrison Mills
There will be traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the ‘fixins’ all day, so bring your comfortable pants and your appetite.  There will also be an apple cider pressing demonstration each day at 2 pm, and crafts for the kids:

Thanksgiving Day Skate
Monday, October 10th, various times and locations
Spend Thanksgiving afternoon burning off calories to make room for all the rich goodness you’ll have for dinner!

  • South Delta Recreation Centre, 1720 56 Street, South Delta – 1:30 pm – 3 pm Everyone Welcome, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Drop-in Stick & Puck
  • Ladner Leisure Centre, 4600 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner – 9:30 am – 11:30 am Parent & Tot, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm Everyone Welcome
  • Sungod Recreation Centre, 7815 112 Street, Delta -  1:30-3pm Everyone Welcome

Thanksgiving Community Dinner
Monday, October 10th, 5:30 pm (dinner at 6 pm), Alexandra Neighbourhood House, 2916 McBride Avenue, Crescent Beach
The whole family is welcome at this Thanksgiving feast; no cooking or dishwashing required!  Pre-register by October 7th at 604.535.0015:

Familiar Five – Birds
Tuesday, October 11th, 11 am – Noon, Aldergrove Lake Regional Park, Aldergrove Bowl Kiosk by the picnic area off of Lefeuvre Road, Aldergrove
Part of Water Week, this short walk will introduce you to five birds that live in the watershed:


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