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Filed Under Events | October 4, 2012

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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 also easy to get these event listings in our handy new app, OnTheGoKids, which takes our weekend guide and makes it mobile!

Enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend with the whole family: Drive out to Fort Langley for the Cranberry Festival; enjoy Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s special concert for kids; or learn to square dance. And don’t forget the Turkey Trot to help digest your Thanksgiving dinner!

Treetop Tales
Friday, October 5th, 11 am, Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, 3663 Park Road, North Vancouver
Kids aged 2 and up can enjoy nature songs and stories. Adult accompaniment is required, and admission is by donation:

Make a Bird Feeder
Saturday, October 6th, 11 am – 3 pm, Science World, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Learn how to make a little snack bar for our feathery friends; make a bird feeder and take it home with you. Regular admission applies:

Family Square Dance
Saturday, October 6th, 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm, Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Learn the steps and have fun with everyone from toddlers to tweens, and up. The fiddle and the banjo will provide the soundtrack:

Fungus among us
Saturday, October 7th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Stanley Park Nature House, under the viewing plaza at the corner of Alberni Street and Chilco Street, Vancouver
Do toads sit on toadstools? Learn fun facts about mushrooms during this two-hour walk. Pre-registration is recommended:

Peter and the Wolf
Sunday, October 7th, 2 pm, Orpheum Theatre, 884 Granville Street, Vancouver
It’s symphony for the kids! A classic tale with a spin; the various characters are played by different musical instruments. Plus, kids will have a chance to touch and play the instruments afterwards:

Turkey Trot
Monday, October 8th, 6:30 am, starting point at 1360 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
The annual Turkey Trot is back! Digest your turkey and enjoy the cool morning air. Get a team together, or join the run on your own. The race includes a category for parents with strollers:

Farther Afield:

Healthy Kids Preschool Fair
Thursday, October 4th, 9:30 am – 11 am, Edmonds Community School, 7651 18th Avenue, Burnaby
Visit the health nurse, or many of the agencies that work with preschoolers, and get answers to your questions. There is also an indoor playground and many fun activities for the kids:

Hey Maria, It’s an ABC Story!
Friday, October 5th – Saturday, October 6th, 7pm, Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Follow the adventures of Maria and her friends at a crazy ABC School:

Spying on Spiders
Saturday, October 6th, 10 am – Noon, Tynehead Regional Park, 96th Avenue & 168th Street, Surrey
Spiders are fascinating creatures. Learn to identify various types of spiders and admire the beauty of the delicate looking webs in the trees. Registration is required:

Cranberry Festival
Saturday, October 6th, 10 am – 4 pm, Fort Langley Village and Fort Langley National Historic Site, Langley
Start your day with a pancake breakfast, then check out the barrel making demonstration, compete in the cranberry toss, and taste cranberry bannock. Browse the tables of many different vendors in the village Market Place, enjoy live music and entertainment, and stock up on cranberries, of course:

Cranberry Sale
Saturday, October 6th, 10 am – 3 pm, Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Stock up on fresh cranberries to spice up your Thanksgiving dinner this Saturday with the chance to pick up bulk local cranberries which are healthy and delicious, especially with turkey:

Home Town
Saturday, October 6th, 1 pm & 3 pm, Ioco Road & 1st Avenue, Port Moody
Part of Ioco Days festival, Home Town in an interactive play set in 1930s. Follow the actors around the town site, listen to their stories and learn more about the history in the area. Dress weather-appropriately, and admission is by donation:

Photo Credit: Half Chinese

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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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