As February trucks on and the snow (finally) melts, more and more family-friendly activities in Metro Vancouver are happening outdoors. Take your family on a birding walk, wander through historic Fort Langley, or head to Derby Reach Park for fun tales around a campfire. If you’d rather stay indoors, you can watch a family movie, enjoy snacks and games, create an upcycled ocean craft or learn all about maple syrup! 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.
Upcycled Ocean Creatures Craft
Friday, February 17th – Sunday, February 19th, MAKE, 1648 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Join in at Make for a Pacific West Coast-inspired craft made with upcycled materials! Get swept up with inspiration at Make as we help you create an awesome octopus and sea anemone made with upcycled t-shirts and multicoloured yarn. Fun button-making will be happening too! Make is hosting this free interactive activity for all ages around our big craft table. Come join in!
Family Movie Night – Zootopia!
Friday, February 17th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Champlain Heights Community Centre, 3350 Maquinna Drive, Vancouver
The Champlain Heights Youth Council is hosting a family movie night. Wear your pajamas, bring your teddy and eat some popcorn while watching Zootopia with your family and friends. All ages welcome! Admission by donation with all proceeds going towards future Youth Council events.
Snack & Reality Games
Friday, February 17th, 6 pm – 9 pm, Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier St, Coquitlam
Are your kids looking for something fun to do on a Friday night? Head to Poirier Community Centre for a swim, snack and different reality show game such as Jeopardy, Fear Factor, Survivor, etc. Ages 7 – 12 years. Please pre-register.
Birding at Colony Farm
Saturday, February 18th, 9 am – 11 am, Colony Farm Regional Park, Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam
Colony Farm Regional Park is home to many over wintering raptors, sparrows, waterfowl and usually a Northern Shrike or two. Come discover what species the park has to offer on this year’s half-day outing. Meet at the parking area at the south end of Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam at 9 am. Larry Cowan 604-307-0931.
Guided Walking Tour of Fort Langley
Saturday, February 18th, 10 am – 11:30 am, Fort Langley
In celebration of Heritage Week, Langley Centennial Museum is presenting a lively and exciting walking tour and tea. The tour will stroll through historic Fort Langley with local artist and teacher Emilie Colbourne. Dressed in period costume, Emilie will discuss local lore and legend, while shedding light on the area’s historical buildings, businesses and people. Finish up the tour at the newly opened Blacksmith Bakery which is located on the original site of Reid’s Blacksmith Shop [Circa 1910]. Warm up your hands with a fresh cup of coffee or tea and enjoy a small sweet. Walking tour will run rain or shine and umbrellas will be provided if necessary.
Maple Syrup: From Tree to Table
Saturday, February 18th – Sunday, February 19th, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm, The Forge, 1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Maples’ Sugar Shack presents the Art of Maple Sugaring on the west coast. Learn the process of turning sap into maple syrup with free workshops, tapping demonstrations and onsite sap boiling. Enjoy a cup of hot mapley sipping chocolate, sap tea or make your own maple taffy candy, Canada’s oldest tradition of maple syrup on snow!
Derby Tales Round the Campfire
Saturday, February 18th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Derby Reach Regional Park, Langley
Meet across the road from Heritage Area on Allard Crescent, north of 96th Avenue and 4 km west of Fort Langley. Gather round a crackling campfire for tales of nature and life in the wilderness. Bake bannock and bring a mug for hot chocolate. All ages. Free. Drop by anytime.
Discovery Saturday: Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Saturday, February 18th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Surrey Museum, 17710 – 56A Avenue
Celebrate Black History Month and enjoy the musical wealth of the black community and recognize the contributions of Afro-Canadians in sport, politics, human rights and culture.
Sunday, February 19th, 10 am – 12 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Love is in the air as coyotes go a-courting—bachelors and bachelorettes will seek to find their match, while lifelong mates prepare to raise a new litter. Set out with us to learn more about coyotes in Stanley Park and track their movements during denning season.
Free Family Fun Day
Sunday, February 19th, 12 pm – 4 pm, Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
Pull out your skates and get ready for some February family fun. Join Prospera Credit Union for a free family fun day and meet a Harlem Globetrotters star. All festivities are free and they include; ice skating (please bring your own skates), a keepsake photo booth picture, colouring, yoga, games, popcorn and hot chocolate. Harlem Globetrotter, Anthony “Buckets” Blake will be joining us from 1-3:30 pm for games, pictures, and autographs. The Harlem Globetrotters team is coming to Abbotsford for shows on February 24 & 26.
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