Are your kiddos as swept up in Olympics mania as ours? Then you’ll love this – this weekend your whole family can try their hand at curling, or go for the gold at a fun family-friendly street hockey tournament. You can also take in a movie, make a lantern, or listen to a folktale. Looking for some outdoor fun? Go for a walk around South Arm Park, learn about birds of prey, or find out what type of birds call VanDusen home this time of year. 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!
Movie Matinee: Captain Underpants
Friday, February 23rd, City Centre Library Coquitlam, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
It’s Pro-D Day! Take a break and watch best buddies George and Harold hypnotize their nasty principal, Mr. Krupp, into thinking that he is a tighty-whitey superhero. Rated G – General Audiences. Priority seating will be given to school-aged children. Registration is not required. The movie can be viewed at both branches of the Coquitlam Public Library at 1:30 pm.
Lantern Festival Maple Ridge
Friday, February 23rd, 4 pm – 8 pm, Haney Place Mall, 11900 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
Come celebrate the Arts, Culture and Diversity in the community, at the Maple Ridge Lantern Festival. The Lantern Festival is on February 23rd from 4-8 pm at Haney Place Mall in Maple Ridge. It is a fun FREE event for all ages, with lantern making workshops, live entertainment, poetry contest, and more! Lantern Parade at 7:30 pm.
Walk Richmond – South Arm Park
Saturday, February 24th, 10 am – 11 am, South Arm Community Centre, 8880 Williams Road, Richmond
Discover this park up close with its beautiful trees and greenery and sports amenities that include soccer fields, baseball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool. Meet at the basketball court to the west of the South Arm Community Centre.
Heritage Week – Sunbury Hall
Saturday, February 24th, 10 am – 6 pm, Sunbury Hall, 10409 Dunlop Rd, Delta
Delta Heritage Week is a one week celebration that includes 2-days of festivals celebrating the many cultural heritage traditions in Delta. Come celebrate with us and learn about the ways that culture is expressed in Delta through arts, music, dance, and stories. On Saturday, February 24th, head to Sunbury Hall for crafts, workshops, hot dogs, and performances!
Birds of Prey on the Bay – Ages 9+
Saturday, February 24th, 10 am – 12 pm, Boundary Bay Regional Park, Boundary Bay Road, Delta
Watch short-eared owls, bald eagles, northern harriers and other raptors as they hunt for prey. Spotting scopes will help you get closer to the action. Meet at Boundary Bay Dyke Trail at 72nd Ave. Ages 9+. FREE, drop by anytime.
February Bird Walk
Saturday, February 24th, 10 am – 12 pm, VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Take a guided tour through VanDusen and learn about the native bird species that make their home in the garden. Join Jeremy Gordon for a guided birding exploration in the Garden. Meet in the Visitor Centre Atrium. This event takes place rain or shine. Free for Members or with Garden admission. Reservations or registration are not required or taken for this walk.
ArtStarts: FolkPlay with Shayna Jones
Saturday, February 24th, 11 am & 1 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Sunday, February 25th, 11 am & 1 pm, River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Steeped in world folktales, FolkPlay is a smorgasbord of wise words, rhythm, song and movement – audience participation is lovingly required! All ages. Looking for fun, free things to do with kids in the Lower Mainland? ArtStarts is pleased to offer free arts-based events for kids and families each month—in both Vancouver and New Westminster. Join some of the best artists working with young people for performances and workshops that explore a wide range of cultures and artistic disciplines. Each 45-minute workshop takes place twice, at 11am and 1pm. Please arrive a little early as this is a popular program. Ideal for ages 5 and up, but all are welcome. Free! Donations welcome.
Learn to Curl
Saturday, February 24th, 4 pm – 6 pm & Sunday, February 25th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Abbotsford Curling Club, 2555 McMillan Road, Abbotsford
Learn to curl – Free, everyone welcome, individuals, small groups, families age 9 – 99. Drop in includes all equipment, instruction and hot drinks. If you have always wanted to try it now is your chance. Learn what they doing on TV at the Olympics!
Pop Up & Play: Free Family Event
Sunday, February 25th, 9:30 am – 1 pm, Bambini’s Playroom, 4879 Main Street, Vancouver
Shop Paper Scissors and Bambini’s Playroom are teaming up to bring you the perfect Sunday morning destination for you and your littles! Come meet Amy and Lisa, who run Bambini’s, and their beautiful drop-in centre for parents and toddlers (ages 0-5). For this free event there will be circle time with songs and stories at 9:30 and 11, so your kid’s nap time won’t mean they miss circle time! There will be space for arts & crafts and play area all morning so parents can shop Shop Paper Scissors’ curated collection of new locally designed and pre-loved kids clothing! We have some super cute new items we’re excited to debut. Come say hi to Nadia and Talia and discover two local businesses that are here to support families and collaborate on fun events!
Go for the Gold Street Hockey Tournament
Sunday, February 25th, 10 am – 7 pm, The Shipyard, 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
The City of North Vancouver presents: Go for the Gold: Street Hockey Tournament! Come to an all ages, co-ed, 3 vs 3 outdoor floorball tournament at The Shipyards. Next door at the Pipe Shop, we’ll have a DJ, beverage garden and live screening of the Winter Olympic Closing Ceremonies. Check out the food trucks, a Xoro skills contest and meet-and-greet with Pavel Barber. Hosted by the City of North Vancouver and the Lower Lonsdale Business Association. Proceeds to the Harvest Project.
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