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family-friendly weekend events in metro vancouver

It’s time for the weekend – Easter weekend! That means we get 4 days of fun with the family. Make sure you check out our giant round-up of Easter events happening throughout Metro Vancouver this weekend! After you’ve collected your eggs, check out the annual tulip festival, have fun at a carnival, or celebrate the beautiful cherry blossom trees. You can enjoy the Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade or head out on a hike with the family. We’ve listed out just a few of the fantastic events happening this weekend in Metro Vancouver. For more, remember to check out our interactive events guide and OnTheGoKids app.

BLOOM: Abbotsford Tulip Festival
April 10th – May 7th, 36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford
The Abbotsford Tulip Festival was created to celebrate the beauty of tulips and the Dutch heritage in the Fraser Valley. You are welcome to stroll through the tulip field and enjoy the brilliant display of color along with other activities offered at the festival. Pack a picnic or visit one of the food trucks and enjoy a fun filled day with family and friends. With photo cut out boards, a covered picnic area, and a children’s play area, there is something for everyone!

Twassassen Mills Carnival
Thursday, April 13th – Monday, April 17th, 10 am – 5 pm, Twassassen Mills, 5000 Canoe Pass Way, Delta
Enjoy a fun time at the carnival! Ride the rides, play the games and eat some tasty food. Hours: Thursday, April 13, 3:00pm – 10:00pm – $35 wristbands, Friday, April 14, 3:00pm – 11:00pm – $35 wristbands, Saturday, April 15, 12:00pm – 11:00pm – $35 wristbands, Sunday, April 16, 12:00pm – close – $35 wristbands, Monday, April 17, 12:00pm – 6:00pm- $35 wristbands, 6 rides for $16.99 – Obtain your coupon at the Mall guest services.

Sakura Festival
Saturday, April 15th, 10 am – 6:30 pm, Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Free and Open to the Public. All are welcome! Come dressed for the variable Spring weather. Meet Robin Clark, a professional forester, for sakura tree history and identification at the KCC main entrance at 10 am. Then enjoy tea and a discussion on the experience for one hour.

Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade 2017
Saturday, April 15th, 11 am – 5 pm, 8000 Ross Temple Street, Vancouver
The Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade is one of the largest Sikh parades in the world. Attendees of all races and cultures are welcome at this celebratory and rich cultural event, which features a large number of floats, community performers, and live music. Vancouver’s Vaisakhi Parade also features a unique element which pays tribute to the harvest celebration roots of the parade – attendees are given free food and drink from hundreds of local residents and businesses.

Family Hike to Lower Falls with Ridge Meadows Outdoors Club – Kids 10+
Saturday, April 15th, 1 pm – 3 pm, Golden Ears Park, Maple Ridge
Open to adults and families with children 10+, no pets, maximum 20 participants, Pre-registration required. The hike will start with a brief orientation as everyone signs up and savours the served-on-site hot chocolate. Everyone must be able to maintain a steady walking pace for a total of 6 km along the smooth, gently rolling trail. Wear clothing suitable for any seasonal weather possibility, plus: hat, hiking boots or trail shoes, small back pack, gloves, spare jacket, rain gear, snack, and water.

Westminster Savings Family Days – Maps
Saturday, April 15th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Westminster Savings Family Days aim to help build an appreciation of the arts by bringing families together in an Art Gallery setting. Visitors will tour the exhibition in the Art Gallery at Evergreen and participate in a variety of entertaining and illuminating activities led by our Art Gallery staff. All Family Days are drop-in and there is no charge to participate. This weekend, using collage, markers, stickers, pens, and paper imagine a rail journey across a real or imagined country and town. What route does your train take? What will you see flitting past the window? Where are you going and where did you come from?

Spring Lights Illumination
Saturday, April 15th – Sunday, April 16th, dusk – 10 pm, Queen Elizabeth Park, W 33rd Avenue & Cambie
Hfour will be illuminating Queen Elizabeth Park with vibrant projections and multicoloured lanterns. The illumination will be set up for unobstructed views ideal for photography and picnicking in the spring evening air under cherry blossoms! This year we are featuring dance performances choreographed by Heather Laura Gray, and a musical soundscape by Adham Shaikh. Best of all, it’ll be free!

You’ll find these and more events in our interactive events calendar. It’s also easy to get the event listings in our handy app, OnTheGoKids, which takes our weekend guide and makes it mobile!

If you’ve got an event you think we should know about please send us all the details! Looking for your event to be featured? Email us for more information.

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

By: Michelle Hughes

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