vancouver: kid & family friendly events

What would your family like to do this weekend? Enjoy nature? Join a late evening walk to discover the twilight life of owls, or meet some amphibians at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Like folk music? Head to ArtStarts or the River Market for Vazzy’s French Canadian liveliness, or to the Terry Fox Theatre for Wheat in the Barley’s fusion tunes. Discover new books? Either visit your local library, or zoom over to Guildford Mall for fun reading-related activities. Celebrate Groundhog Day? Meet Lou Jack the Groundhog in Newton! What do you think? Will the groundhog see his shadow? MORE

a peak experience

We’d never put much thought into what made soft serve ice cream soft til we heard that Soft Peaks was opening in Gastown. Soft Peaks whips up (literally) soft serve ice cream using organic milk from Avalon Dairy, has less sugar than most ice cream and only a small percentage of the stabilizers – most of which are organic – that go into conventional soft serve. MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

It’s time for another winter weekend in the rainy Lower Mainland. But don’t let a little mist and few droplets keep you inside! Join wintery walks in Lynn Canyon or Stanley Park and discover local birds, or check out the Vancouver International Boat Show. If you’d rather stay dry, head over to BC Place for more boats; discover the Honu (sea turtle) at the Aquarium; or check out fun science and literacy activities at Science World. Vive les Voyagers is happening in Fort Langley – and this French Canadian celebration is always worth the drive. MORE

best baking

When Bâtard Boulangerie & Cafe Moderne opened early in January on the same block of Fraser Street as Earnest Ice Cream and Graze, the neighbourhood rejoiced. The area has long needed a bread-focused bakery, and when that bakery is the joint project of Chris Brown of Rise Artisan Bakery, and Bruno and Sally Born – and their daughter Elsie – of Finest at Sea, so much the better. MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

The forecast is promising a wet winter weekend (or so they say!) but don’t worry, we’ve rounded up a bunch of fun indoor activities for you! There are family-friendly movie screenings this weekend, so check the calendar and choose your fave. There’s Music with Marnie; diving demos and other cool things at the Divers’ Weekend at the Aquarium. Or take part in dance performances and workshops; and see the Addams Family or Willy Wonka on stage! The Gluten Free Expo is in town or you can join a Japanese tea ceremony to celebrate the New Year one more time. So have fun, but be sure to bring an umbrella! MORE

fair fishing

If you resolved to eat better this year, why not think more fish and less meat? And if you’re thinking local and sustainable when it comes to seafood, then you’ll definitely want to check out Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery. Just like a CSA, but for fish, this fishtastic business has changed our family’s fish eating habits for the better. MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

Well, the holidays are over, and we’re all settling back into our regular routine. It’s a great weekend to get off the couch and head out for skiing, skating or other winter sports and …. well … burn off a few lingering cookie and eggnog calories. There’s also Persian music, movies, a puzzle contest, and art activities to explore. Also, check out a special fundraiser at Hennessey Salon & Spa to help kids with cancer. MORE

reduce, reuse, recharge

The New Year is here, and it’s time to clear out the dead wood quite literally … (we’re looking at you Christmas tree!). Now that the excesses of the holidays are behind us, we’re cleaning house starting with chipping the tree and donating unneeded children’s clothing and toys. MORE

happy holidays to you and yours

The holidays are here (hurrah!), and we at yoyomama are taking a much-needed break from the pre-season chaos to tip back some eggnog, eat some tasty treats, take in the twinkly lights, and enjoy some quality time with family and friends. We’ll be back at it in the New Year, but in the meantime, we leave you with some handy resources for making the most of your winter break. MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

Winter solstice is here, and Christmas is just around the corner. Celebrate solstice with drums and lantern parades to light up the dark night. Then check our Holiday Hub for other merry and bright events this weekend! Since next Thursday is Christmas Day, this is the last weekend guide of the year. We’ve rounded up as many family friendly New Year’s events as we could find for you – from parties to skates and chilly swims. We’ve also found places to recycle your live Christmas trees for chipping – yes, we know, you’re not ready for that yet, but when you need the info in a couple of weeks it’s all here! Enjoy the weekend, have some fun with the family, and let the holidays begin! MORE

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