It’s time for the weekend! There are tons of awesome activities happening all over Metro Vancouver this weekend for you and your family to enjoy. You can head to a carnival for awesome music and rides, you can create a layered collage, celebrate trees, or enjoy a fun fairytale and adventure breakfast. There’s a lantern festival, a hawk and owl show and a chance to see 1,000 red and white tulips blooming. 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.
Featured: Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC! in Surrey
May 5th – 7th, Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition, 6050 176 Street, Surrey
The all new Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC!™ 2017 is touring Metro Vancouver this May. This spectacular exhibition showcases a circus tradition that goes back to medieval times. SPECTAC! is coming to Surrey, Vancouver, and Abbotsford from May 5 to May 22 for 24 amazing shows. The internationally renowned acts include the thrilling High Wire and Flying Trapeze, the Platform Motor Cycle Cyclone, the Acrobatic Aerial Strap & Silk act, beautiful Liberty Horses, Acrobats, Hula Hoop maze, world-class performing Poodles, Motorcycle Wheel of Destiny, Clowns and much more. For 2 for 1 Tickets go to www.royalcanadiancircus.ca and use Promo Code yoyomama
Don’t forget to check out the shows in Vancouver from May 12th – 14th and Abbotsford from May 19th – 22nd!
Kerrisdale Village Carnival Days
Friday, April 28th – Saturday, April 29th, 10 am – 5 pm, Kerrisdale Village, Vancouver
Community Parade at 10 am on Saturday, April 29 along West 41st between Maple and Larch Streets. Free events for the entire family, music, clowns, face painting, rides and amazing sidewalk sales.
Fairytale and Adventure Breakfast
Saturday, April 29th, 8 am – 11:30 am, Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, 32900 S Fraser Way, Abbotsford
Enjoy a special breakfast in support of Canuck Place children and families. In addition to a fun and healthy breakfast, the morning will also include arts & crafts, face painting, a photo booth, balloon twisters, cookie decorating, interactive story and song time with princesses and pirates from Ever After Princess Party Events, and so much more! Breakfast will include a yogurt bar, fresh fruit, pastries, and various juices. When you purchase your ticket, not only will you be signing up for a morning of fun, you will also be supporting over 670 children across BC living with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. There are several ticket options: Pairs: 1 adult, 1 child – $25 Family Pack: Any combination of 4 tickets – $45 Additional ticket: (Child or Adult) – $15 Children 2 or Under (with paying adult) – FREE
Big Tree Weekend: Tour the Giants
Saturday, April 29th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, 10 am – 12 pm, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Many of our province’s biggest trees are found right in Stanley Park, just a walk from downtown Vancouver! Join a tour around some of the Park’s giants while learning about the few remaining old growth forests in our province and what you can do to support them. NOTE: We are offering 3 separate tours for this program. Please register below for your desired start time!
Cut, Paste, Action! with Kate Henderson
Saturday, April 29th, 11 am – 2 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Sunday, April 30th, 11 am – 2 pm, River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
In this lens-based workshop, families will be introduced to artworks that investigate human form, movement, and gesture. The first half of the workshop will focus on the work of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge and his studies of motion in the human body. The second half of the workshop will focus on Dada artist Hannah Höch and her use of found images of faces, eyes, and hands. Families will experiment capturing their own bodies in motion and will be cutting and pasting these images along with found photographs from magazines and newspapers into their very own layered collages. This event is part of Vancouver’s Capture Photography Festival.
Free Family Day – ‘Moving Images’
Saturday, April 29th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver
On the last Saturday of each month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. Presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays. For more details visit: www.artstarts.com/weekend
Lotus Lantern Festival
Saturday, April 29th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Surrey Museum, 17710 – 56 A Avenue, Surrey
Make a lantern, a Tae Guk fan, and play Korean children’s games as you join the Korean community in celebrating this bright and colourful holiday.
Goodbye Chums and Stewardship Centre Opening Celebration
Sunday, April 30th, 11 am – 3 pm, Kanaka Creek Regional Park, 11450 256th Street, Maple Ridge
Celebrate the opening of the new Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre. Release salmon fry into the creek where they will start their journey to the sea. Enjoy fun activities, games, storytellers and musical entertainment from The Wilds.
Richmond Nature Park Hawk and Owl Show
Sunday, April 30th, 11 am – 3 pm, Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Live Owls presented by the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.
150th Celebration Garden Spring Bloom
Sunday, April 30th, 2:30 pm – 4 pm, Blue Mountain Park, Coquitlam
Celebrate Coquitlam’s 150th Celebration Garden at Blue Mountain Park with the Park Spark Team and the 13th Eagle Mountain Guides and 10th Coquitlam Beaver & Cub Scouts. The Celebration Garden was planted last November with 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs donated by Vesey’s bulbs of PEI in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. The Park Spark team will be hosting a fun pollinator craft. Participants can drop in anytime during the event, which runs rain or shine.
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