This weekend is packed full of awesome family-friendly events happening all over Metro Vancouver. You can take a stroll through Vanier Park, enjoy a fun spin on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, or clap, jump and sing along to Mother Goose classics. Learn about the old Stanley Park Zoo, take part in Valentine’s Day crafts, or find out why Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are way cool. 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: Fam Jams with Will Stroet and DiANNA DAVID
Monday, February 13th, 10:30 am – 12 pm, Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Bring out the family to celebrate BC Family Day on February 13th with Will Stroet and DiANNA DAVID. Will Stroet, the co-creator and star of the musical TV series Will’s Jams on CBC Kids and Kidoodle.TV, inspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world through high-energy and interactive music in English and French. Will and his Backyard Band will share favourites from Will’s Jams and his new album “Wordplay,” which will have kids chuckling and singing along. Movement storyteller DiANNA DAVID tells memorable stories through the fusion of clown, mime, urban dance, contact juggling, in visually-dynamic worlds created through shadow play and multimedia in her new School of MOVES show. Doors open at 10:15 AM with the show starting at 10:30 AM. Use the promo code “yoyomama” to receive 10% off! Buy online at www.famjams.eventbrite.ca. Concert presented by the Jewish Community Centre of Great Vancouver & Pebble Star Productions.
VSO Tiny Tots: Mother Goose Goes to the Symphony
Friday, February 3rd, 10 am – 11 am & 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Saturday, February 4th, 10 am – 11 am & 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St, New Westminster
Let’s hear some symphonies and favourite rhymes: it’s “Mother Goose Goes To The Symphony” time! Clap, jump and sing while combining Mother Goose literature with delightful symphony classics.Accompanied by a brass trio.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Friday, February 3rd, 7 pm – 9 pm, Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
A brand-sparkling-new adaptation of Shakespeare’s whimsical classic about fairies, love potions and talking donkeys. Created by the award-winning storytelling masters of Monster Theatre, in this version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare acts as a Puck-like emcee and enlists the help of the audience using improvisation, ultimately recreating the play through fun and imagination! Tickets: All Family Shows are Pay-What-You-Can! Suggested price per person is $10, but you decide what you want to pay.
Winter Wander 2017 at Vanier Park
Saturday, February 4th, 10 am – 5 pm, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
This February, bring your family down to Vanier Park for a day of music, science, history and art – plus, enjoy local food vendors, entertainment, and have the chance to win great prizes. For only $5.00, admission to the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives is included, plus you can watch performances from the Young Shakespeareans from Bard on the Beach, VAM students, Gamelan Bike Bike, and storytelling by VPL. New this year: play ball hockey in the Vancouver Archives parking lot, learn to fold origami and explore a giant wild migration map of Canada at MOV. Children under 5 are free!
Stanley Park Zoo Historical Walking Tour
Saturday, February 4th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Buffalos and penguins and bears…. Oh my! If you lived in Vancouver before the mid-1990s, you likely have vivid memories of the Stanley Park Zoo. Join Jolene Castillou Cumming to hear over 100 years of Zoo history from the old reptile house to the seal pool, the polar bear pit and the otter slide.
Hamelin: A New Fable
Saturday, February 4th, 2 pm – 3 pm, Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Alas! Hamelin Town’s spoiled Mayor has no interest in its hard-working townsfolk. After he breaks another promise, 10-year-old twins Celeste and Ralph come up with a plan to teach him to keep his word. Enter a wandering musician, a magical flute, and of course, lots and lots of rats! This heart-tugging musical retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin features a cast of five performers, live music, mask work, and puppetry in Axis Theatre Company’s unique physical theatre style. For ages 5 and up.
Valentine’s Day Fun
Sunday, February 5th, 9:30 am – 11 am, South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, 14601 – 20 Avenue, Surrey
Join “Cupid” for Valentine’s Day fun in Surrey. Families with children ages 1 to 3 can enjoy crafts, songs, snacks and more. Register in advance to secure your spot.
Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are Way Cool because:
Sunday, February 5th, 1 pm – 2 pm, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
They hiss, duel with their horns, and make great pets. Incredibly, these insects have territorial behaviour as complex as many vertebrates! Madagascar hissing cockroaches will shatter the stereotypes many people have about cockroaches. Baapooh Chung, student of UBC’s University Transition Program, will unravel part of the mysteries behind this rarely studied species.
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