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This weekend is packed full of great family-friendly events and activities. Sure the April showers have rolled in, but that won’t stop the fun! Learn about indigenous plant use at a walk and talk in Stanley Park, find out everything you need to know about bears, learn about hummingbirds or explore the fascinating world of gems. Enjoy a Harry Potter film concert or celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms at Sakura Days.There are also lots of Easter events happening this weekend. 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.

Take a peek at our April events round up and for even more family-friendly fun, check out our list of 50 free and low-cost things to do this spring!

60th Annual BC Gem Show
Friday, April 7th – Sunday, April 9th, 10 am – 5 pm, Ag-Rec Building, Central Fraser Valley Fairgrounds, 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford
Celebrating 60 Years -It’s the Diamond Jubilee! The largest gem show in Western Canada, The one and only BC Gem Show runs April 7th – 9th. Many Club Displays, Demonstrations, Grab Bags, Children’s Creative Workshop, Gold Panning & Door Prizes. Tickets available at the door!

Indigenous Plant Use
Friday, April 7th, 1 pm – 3 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Walk through the forest with an experienced guide of Coast Salish descent and learn about the traditional and present-day indigenous relationships with local flora and fauna. While there will be no collecting on these tours, Stanley Park offers a perfect setting to learn about sustainable harvesting. Join in on this walking tour to nurture yourself with nature and harmonize your well-being with the natural world.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Film Concert
Friday, April 7th, 7 pm – 10 pm, Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is part of the Harry Potter film concert series. A rare opportunity to hear the masterful score performed live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra while watching the movie on the big screen!

Curious by Nature: Bears
Saturday, April 8th, 1 pm – 3 pm, Kanaka Creek Regional Park, 11450 256 Street, Maple Ridge
Curious about bears? Wondering how to share the park with them or how to avoid them? Ask a park interpreter at this pop-up display. Meet at 11450 256th St, Maple Ridge.

15th Annual Early Years Festival
Saturday, April 8th, 10 am – 3 pm, Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107a Avenue, Surrey
It’s time for the 15th Annual Early Years Festival and time for a fun and interactive day! This free event is perfect for young children up to the age of 6 or for parents expecting a new addition to their family. The Early Years Festival connects with community members and focuses on providing children with a healthy and active lifestyle. The Early Years Festival will also have many vendors and local nonprofit organizations providing information and services for children, families and Surrey’s community.

Sakura Days Japan Fair
Saturday, April 8th – Sunday, April 9th, 11 am – 7 pm, VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Celebrate springtime at Sakura Days Japan Fair (SDJF), a family-friendly, weekend Japanese festival, showcasing the Japanese cultural arts, cuisine, and businesses of the local community. Don’t miss this chance to experience Japan in the beautiful garden setting, and enjoy the tastes, sounds, and sights of the festival! A Children’s Tent offers hands-on displays and demos of traditional Japanese children’s toys and games, origami, and face-painting. Decorate a lantern and join in on the Saturday evening Sakura Lantern procession! Fun for all ages & for the entire family. For full admissions (and advance ticket info), please see the website.

Family Day at PdA!
Sunday, April 9th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Enjoy the final Family Day at PdA of the season. Take a look at the exhibitions Communication of Beauty and Function by Hitomi McKenzie, Whisperings by Catherine Nicholls and Anni Hunt and Codex Pacificus by Laara Cerman. Meet some of the artists and participate in three exhibition-inspired, drop-in art activities. Wrap up your trip with a free concert by senior Place des Arts music students at 3 pm.

Hummingbird Homecoming
Sunday, April 9th, 11 am – 3 pm, Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Learn how to attract birds to a garden and other facts. Ongoing presentations.

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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