The first weekend of 2018 is here and there are some awesome family-friendly activities happening around Metro Vancouver. Take in a (Canadian-written) panto, spend an afternoon at the movies, or play a life-sized version of Clue. Explore the fascinating world of cubes, or learn all about marine parasites. There’s a ton of great activities happening at libraries around town too – most free! 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!
For even more family-friendly fun, take a peek at our roundup of events in Metro Vancouver in the month of January. Looking for more things to do to keep the kids busy for the last few days of school break? We’ve got a few more ideas for you!
Ellie King’s ‘SINBAD, THE PIRATE AND THE DINOSAUR’
Friday, January 5th, 7:30 pm, & Saturday, January 6th, 3:30 pm, Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster
A rollicking panto sets sail for a sea of hilarity! Tickets begin at just $8.00! Sinbad has a treasure map but no money to rent a ship or pay a crew. Enter the wicked Queen Anne Bonney who has gold and wants that treasure map. The plot thickens. Kind of like Bisto. But Queen Anne reckoned with the Princess Serena – anything but serene – a little spitfire who is a demon with a mop! As the ship sails towards its destination, the crazy crew deals with mutiny, icebergs and a superfluity of bubbles – don’t ask! And tropical islands are lovely – even if they might possibly have the odd dinosaur or two lurking around…. Does it all end well? Do our heroes live happily ever after? Will the evil Old Man of the Sea ever get anyone to pull his finger?
Afternoon at the Movies: The Lion King
Friday, January 5th, 3:30 pm – 5:15 pm, Renfrew Branch Library, 2969 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver
Head to the library on Friday afternoons for free, family-friendly movies for all ages! The Lion King is the story of a lion cub’s journey to adulthood and acceptance of his royal destiny. Simba begins life as an honored prince, the son of the powerful King Mufasa, when he is forced into exile. Growing up away from his pride in the Savannah, he discovers another family who teach him the value of honour and friendship.
Clue: Life-Size Library Edition
Friday, January 5th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Champlain Heights Library Branch, 7110 Kerr Street, Vancouver
In this life-sized version of the classic murder mystery board game, the library is your game board and you are the detective. For Grades K-7.
ArtStarts Explores: Cubes
Saturday, January 6th, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
From sugar cubes to houses, our city is full of cubes. Join us, all you squares, as we think 3-dimensionally for our first ArtStarts Explores of 2018! ArtStarts Explores is a hands-on drop-in workshop series for creative and adventurous families held from 11am to 12pm every Saturday (except the last Saturday of each month, when we present ArtStarts on Saturdays events). Explore creativity with your family through hands-on investigations and discover a wide variety of materials and artistic mediums. These process-based explorations invite families to experiment together through observing, touching, drawing, moving, assembling and listening to ignite their creative learning. Ages 12 and under. Free! Donations welcome.
Family Drop-In Lego, Keva Planks & Games
Saturday, January 6th, 11 am – 4 pm, Pitt Meadows Library, 200-12099 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows
Do you love toys that you can build with? Come play, create, and experiment! We have Lego, Keva Planks, Magformers and a large assortment of family-friendly board games. Bring your friends, family and imagination. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
Marine Parasites are Way Cool because:
Sunday, January 7th, 1 pm – 2 pm, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
Parasites are everywhere! We often don’t see them, many people don’t like them, but they are a weird, wonderful, and beautiful part of the natural environment. Parasites can kill their host, cause them to behave in bizarre ways, or just hitch a ride, but always with the purpose of finding the next host in their life-cycle. Marine parasites, like all marine organisms, are being exposed to a rapidly changing environment, from global warming to ocean acidification, but how will they respond? Join UBC Postdoctoral Fellow Colin MacLeod, to find out!
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