spring break event guide

Filed Under Events, Places | March 12, 2013

vancouver spring break events 2013

Spring Break starts next week, and we’re looking forward to the extra fun with our little ones. But with two weeks of no school, we know we’ll all need a bit of help keeping the kids amused. So we’ve put together this handy list of activities to do with the kids (and avoid the dreaded “I’m bored!”) With activities both indoors and out, you’re covered no matter what the weather. You’ll find everything from kite making at Surrey libraries, to solving crime scenes at Vancouver Police Museum, to skating on synthetic ice at Morgan Crossing, to fur trader boot camp at Fort Langley. Grab your calendar, and prepare to plan an awesome two weeks!

Machines and Me
Saturday, March 16th – Monday, April 1st, 10 am – 6 pm, Science World, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
It’s all about machines, physics and mechanics at Science World. Discover model railways and trains; build bridges and roller coasters; and learn about 3D printing. You can also learn to weave, brush up on minerals, and meet sea creatures. Check the website for exact dates and times: www.scienceworld.ca

Space Centre
Saturday, March 16th – Monday, April 1st, 10 am – 5 pm, H.R. McMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Come and see how Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield lives and works in space. You can also meet other people who have space related careers – although not everyone gets to fly away! Make sure to check out the shows at the Planetarium and GroundStation Canada as well: www.spacecentre.ca

Saturday, March 16th – Saturday, March 23rd, 10 am – 9 pm & Sunday, March 24th, 10 am – 6 pm, BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Playdome is Canada’s biggest indoor carnival with over 45 fun rides. Take it easy on the carousel, or test your head (and your stomach) on the Zero Gravity or the Super Shot. Note: not all events and attractions are all-ages: www.bcplacestadium.com

Spring into Action
Saturday, March 16th – Sunday, March 31st, 10 am – 5 pm, BC Sports Hall of Fame, Gate A, BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Test your sports knowledge with the ultimate trivia challenge. Run, climb and play, take a peek inside BC Place Stadium, and get your photo taken on a real Olympic podium: www.bcsportshalloffame.com

Wildlife Weeks
Sunday, March 17th – Wednesday, March 27th, see website for times, Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, 3663 Park Road, North Vancouver
Drop by to investigate reptiles, black bears, salmon, caterpillars, predatory birds, or arctic animals. Admission is by donation. Please come early, as space is limited: www.dnv.org

Spring Break at the River District
Monday, March 18th – Friday, March 29th, 1 pm – 4 pm, River District Centre, 8683 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Enjoy crafts and games every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Build a Jenga tower, challenge your friends in Scrabble, and test your moves with Just Dance: www.riverdistrict.ca

Spring Break at Kids Market
Monday, March 18th – Friday, March 22nd & Monday, March 25th – Friday, March 29th, 11 am – 5 pm, Kids Market, 1496 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Find various daily activities at Kids Market. Create sand art and make crafts with recycled materials, or meet BeeBop the Clown and company for face painting and balloons: www.kidsmarket.ca

Spring Break Book Buddies
Monday, March 18th – Thursday, March 28th, 9 am, Lynn Valley Main Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Does your child need reading encouragement? Sign up for book buddies! Kids can come every weekday during spring break for half an hour, and meet up with their reading buddies who will listen to their reading, read to them, and help them choose books to take home. Please pre-register: www.nvdpl.ca

Weekly Family Programs at Vancouver Art Gallery
Monday, March 18th – Friday, March 29th, Noon – 4 pm, Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Meet the Art Agents to learn fun facts about the current exhibits. Then visit the Making Place for some hands-on activities. All activities are included in regular admission: www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Mini Kidz Zone
Tuesday, March 19th – Sunday, March 31st, weekdays, 10 am – 5:30 pm & weekends, 9 am – 4:30 pm on weekends, King George Secondary School, 1755 Barclay Street, Vancouver
The gym of King George Secondary is packed full of fun action. There will be a bouncy castle, slide, obstacle course, and pedal cars to keep kids busy for hours. Parent supervision, and socks, required: www.facebook.com

CSI Vancouver
Tuesday, March 19th – Thursday, March 21st & Tuesday, March 26th – Thursday, March 28th, 10 am – 2:15 pm, Vancouver Police Museum, 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
A valuable painting has been stolen. Can you find the clues and solve the case? Don’t worry … you’ll have help from the professionals at the Vancouver Police Museum. They’ll teach you how to take proper photos of the crime scene,  how to collect fingerprints, and a police dog will help you track down your suspect: www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca

Spring Break at Terry Salman Library
Tuesday, March 19th – Saturday, March 23rd & Tuesday, March 26th – Saturday, March 30th, 2 pm – 4 pm, Terry Salman Library, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
Drop by for various free afternoon activities with your friends and family. Make buttons, build LEGOs, play Wii, and enjoy a good time. For ages 6 – 12: www.vpl.ca

What’s Growing On?
Monday, March 25th – Wednesday, March 27th, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, 3663 Park Road, North Vancouver
Discover the forest in the spring. Listen to bird songs, find animal tracks in the mud, and see the plants as they grow. For ages 5 – 8: www.dnv.org

Spring Break Programs in Vancouver Libraries
Various dates, times and locations, see website for details, Vancouver Libraries, Vancouver
Vancouver libraries host various activities during spring break: from puppet shows to craft times, LEGOs to story times, there’s something for everyone. Check the website for details or contact the library near you to see what’s going on: www.vpl.ca

Farther Afield

Spring Break Special at Fort Langley
Saturday, March 16th – Sunday, March 24th, 10 am – 5 pm, Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley
Do you have what it takes to be a fur trader? Learn to start a fire using flint and steel; test your strength carrying fur bales; bake bannock; learn to identify animal tracks; and enjoy other fun activities. Regular admission rates apply: www.pc.gc.ca

Story Book Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, March 16th – Sunday, March 24th, Noon – 4 pm, Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Search the village for clues left by storybook characters. When you think you’ve found them all, check the General Store to see if you’ve won a prize. Then join a tea party with the characters and take a spin on the carousel, or discover more fun activities around the village: www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

Dinosaur Train
Saturday, March 16th – Sunday, March 31st, 1 pm, West Coast Railway Heritage Park, 39645 Government Road, Squamish
Take a train ride to discover dinosaurs. Look for their footprints, discover fossils, and perhaps even get to meet a couple of them. Don’t forget the camera! Pre-booking is recommended: www.wcra.org

Spring Break at the Cannery
Monday, March 18th – Friday, March 22nd & Monday, March 25th – Friday, March 29th, 10 am – 5 pm, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Drop by at the Cannery for exciting activities and events. Help the Titanium Chef prepare a wonderful seafood dish, and learn all about knot making and mending fishing nets: gulfofgeorgiacannery.com

Kite Making
Monday, March 18th – Monday, March 25th, various times and locations, Surrey
Surrey Library is hosting kite-making workshops. Check out the branch nearest you for registration, and get ready to build and fly your very own kite: www.surreylibraries.ca

Junior Zoologist Camp (pictured)
Monday, March 18th – Friday, March 22nd (for 7-9 year olds) & Monday 25th – Friday, March 29th (for 9-13 year olds), 9 am- 4 pm, Greater Vancouver Zoo, 5048 264th Street, Aldergrove
If you’ve ever dreamed of working with animals or wondered how they are taken care of in the zoo, this is the camp for you.  Come for a single day (or enjoy an entire week) and learn everything you need to know about zoos. Please pre-register: www.gvzoo.com

Matinee Movies at Tommy Douglas Library
Monday, March 18th – Friday, March 22nd, 1 pm – 2:45 pm, Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
Enjoy family-friendly matinee movies at the library, and don’t forget to bring your own snacks. Please see the website for movie schedules. Parent participation required: www.bpl.bc.ca

Mystery in the Museum
Tuesday, March 19th – Friday, March 22nd & Tuesday, March 26th – Thursday, March 28th, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Delta Museum, 4858 Delta Street, Delta
Practice your mystery-solving skills and drop in any time during spring break: www.deltamuseum.ca

Children’s Classic Literature Camp
Tuesday, March 19th – Thursday, March 21st & Tuesday, March 26th – Thursday, March 28th, 10 am – 3 pm, Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
Explore The Secret Garden, The Wind in the Willows, and other classic children’s books. Listen to stories, create crafts, and enjoy hands-on activities. Please pre-register: www.surrey.ca

Fossil Science
Tuesday, March 19th – Friday, March 22nd, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Surrey Museum, 17710 56A Avenue, Surrey
Explore this fossil exhibit on loan from Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Discover the animal and plant fossils from different geologic periods, and get busy with various hands-on activities for the whole family: www.surrey.ca

Matinee Movies at Metrotown Library
Tuesday, March 19th – Wednesday, March 20th, 2 pm, Bob Prittie Metrotown Library, 6100 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Bring the whole family for a matinee movie. Come and see Tangled on Tuesday, or Wreck-it Ralph on Wednesday. Parent participation required: www.bpl.bc.ca

Spring Break Skate
Thursday, March 21st – Sunday, March 24th, 10 am – 6 pm, The Shops at Morgan Crossing, 15765 Croydon Drive, Surrey
There will be a synthetic ice rink set up at The Shops at Morgan Crossing. It feels like real ice but it won’t melt, so no matter what the weather, you can bring the family for an outdoor skate! Skate rentals and skate sharpening are available: www.theshopsatmorgancrossing.com

The Vikings
Tuesday, March 26th – Thursday, March 28th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Surrey Museum, 17710 56A Avenue, Surrey
How did the Vikings really live? Did they wear helmets with horns? What kind of clothing did they wear? To discover answers to these questions and more, drop in to see the current Viking exhibit and take part in fun activities: www.surrey.ca

Joseph the Magician
Various dates, times and locations, see website for details, Fraser Valley Libraries, Fraser Valley
Joseph the Magician is touring Fraser Valley Libraries during spring break. Check the website for show dates and times at the library near you, and join an hour of fun, high-energy entertainment: www.fvrl.bc.ca

Movies at Surrey Libraries
Various times and locations, see website for details, Surrey Libraries, Surrey
Catch free matinee movies at Surrey libraries during spring break. Check the website for movie titles and times, or contact the library nearest you for details. Kids aged 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult: www.surreylibraries.ca

By: Elina Singh

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