It’s Groundhog Day weekend and our fingers are crossed for an early spring! This weekend you can take a Winter Wander around Vanier Park and get admission to 5 different awesome venues for just $5. Pick up some books from the Lynn Valley big book sale for just a couple dollars. Explore the fascinating world of masks, or go shopping at a love craft market in New West. Learn all about lionfish at Beatty Biodiversity Museum, or head to Abbotsford for a Fraser Valley Symphony performance.
We’ve highlighted a few events here, but make sure you check out our interactive event listings guide for even more great fun stuff to do. You are bound to find something fantastic to make a memorable weekend with your favourite people!
Featured Event: Celebrate BC Family Day with Will Stroet
Monday, February 12th, 11 am & 3 pm, Jewish Community Centre, 950 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Celebrate BC Family Day with Will Stroet at two awesome, family-friendly concerts! At 11 am, 2017 Juno nominee and CBC Kids star Will Stroet of Will’s Jams performs a high-energy concert with his Backyard Band in English and French with fun actions and sing-along choruses. And at 3 pm, it’s the Pebble Star Artists Family Show! This is a jam-packed variety show featuring four top-notch family acts from Pebble Star Artists’ roster. Each artist will perform a 20-minute interactive show with lots of audience participation. Featured artists include Will Stroet & the Backyard Band, Karima Essa, Ginalina, and the Blues Berries! Doors open 30-minutes prior to each show. Babies 1 and under are free but require a ticket. Use code Yoyomama for a 10% discount on tickets! Tickets available at eventbrite.ca
Friends of the Library BIG BOOK SALE
Friday, February 2nd, 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday, February 3rd, 12 pm – 4 pm, Sunday, February 4th, 12:30 pm – 4 pm, Lynn Valley Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Head to the Lynn Valley Library for their annual big book sale! They have an amazing selection of books, CDs, DVDs & more on sale for great prices! Most items are on sale for $2.00 or under, and all Children’s Books are just $0.50. All proceeds from the sale go toward enhancing the Library. Bring your own bag. Cash only – small bills preferred.
Play Central Party
Saturday, February 3rd, 10 am – 2 pm, Central City, 10153 King George Boulevard, Surrey
Central City’s play area, Play Central, is undergoing a phased renovation to allow more kids to enjoy an elevated play experience! Celebrate the renovation and grand reopening of Play Central at Central City from 10am to 2pm on February 3 with free family fun! Plus, the first 300 kids at the event will receive a free goodie bag (one gift per child under age 12 while quantities last).
Saturday, February 3rd, 10 am – 5 pm, Vanier Park, 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, Cost: $5
A family fun event, tickets only $5 per person (ages 5 and under Free), including admission to Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, City of Vancouver Archives and Vancouver Academy of Music. Experience our unique waterfront attractions showcasing art, history, crafts, science and roving performances from Bard on the Beach and the Academy of Music. Enjoy local food vendors and enter to win great prizes! Purchase your ticket on the day of the event from Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre or Vancouver Maritime Museum.
Groundhog Day in Newton
Saturday, February 3rd, 10 am – 1 pm, Save-On-Foods Underground, 7320 King George Blvd, Surrey
Join Lou Jack the Groundhog as he takes over the Save-on-Foods Underground for a pajama party to celebrate an early Groundhog Day! Groundhog Day will take place on Saturday, February 3 from 10-1pm. Open to the entire community, everything will be free. Complete with a petting zoo, kid fun zone, face painting, mini golf, crafts, Science World demos and games, the fourth annual Groundhog Day in Newton is sure to have something for everyone. Start the day off with a free pancake breakfast, enjoy live entertainment with Ginalina and see if winter is ending early.
ArtStarts Explores: Masks
Saturday, February 3rd, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
It’s fun to pretend to be someone or something else! Today, we’re going to peek out through the eye (holes) of our own masks and explore techniques that inspire and expand our idea of what a mask is and what it is for!
New Wes Craft: LOVE Local Market
Saturday, February 3rd, 11 am – 4 pm, River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
New West Craft is celebrating our love of local and handmade. Shop over 30 local makers and artists selling beautiful handmade goods. Buy something special for your Valentine or treat yourself.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 3rd, 12 pm – 3:30 pm, Guildford Library, 15105 105 Avenue, Surrey
Celebrate the Year of the Dog with Surrey Libraries at Guildford Library and enjoy a free, fun family event with cultural performances, fortune wheel, face painting, storytimes, crafts and more. No registration required.
Lionfish are Way Cool because:
Sunday, February 4th, 1 pm – 2 pm, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
Never judge a book by its cover or a fish by its stripes! With their zebra-like pattern and huge feathery fins, lionfish are definitely one of the most strikingly handsome fishes in the sea. But these beauties from the Indian and Pacific Oceans are wreaking ecological havoc in the Caribbean Sea, where they were accidentally released by people keeping them in aquariums as pets.Doctoral researcher Nicola Smith will take you to coral reefs, mangrove creeks, estuaries, and shipwrecks across three oceans, and explain why lionfish are such effective predators in their new Atlantic habitats, and how her research is helping to limit their growth, spread, and impact to protect native fishes.
Fraser Valley Symphony: Mozart and Friends
Sunday, February 4th, 3 pm – 5 pm, Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
Once again, it’s time to welcome up-and-coming local talent to share their passionate performances! This year’s winners are Rebecca Toews and Sabrina Juan. Previous winners have gone on to highly successful performing and teaching careers across the continent. Along with the winners’ concerto selections, the Fraser Valley Symphony will perform a symphony by the great Classical master, Mozart, and Weber’s intense and exciting overture to Oberon.
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