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family-friendly weekend events in metro vancouver

It’s time for another weekend event roundup! With the weather getting better, there’s an endless list of awesome family-friendly events and activities happening this weekend in Metro Vancouver. Fun shows and awesome activities at the Children’s Festival continue on Granville Island. You can party with the merchants of Burnaby at Hats Off Day, head to a fun community celebration in West Vancouver, or you can learn all about owls. Enjoy a picnic in Misison, go geocaching in Maple Ridge, or head to a family fair in Vancouver. 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.

Looking for more great family activities? Take a look at all the month-long events happening in June!

Vancouver International Children’s Festival
Monday, May 29th – Sunday, June 4th, Granville Island, Vancouver
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival is back again this year with their 40th festival! With such a big milestone to celebrate, they are pulling out all the stops to make it the best festival yet. The festival shows run from May 29th to June 4th on Granville Island and features theatrical performances, puppetry, storytelling, circus acts, and dance performances too. Plus there are special performances from Canada’s favourite children’s singers, Fred Penner and Charlotte Diamond! There are evening pyjama shows, a great big birthday party celebration, and the always fun Variety Show. Don’t forget to stop by the Activity Village where the whole family can experience tons of great interactive activities. You can discover a world of art with a musical maze, origami, face painting, circus skills, yoga, and more. Visit for show times and to buy tickets. Don’t wait — shows are selling out quickly!

Doors Open Richmond
Friday, June 2nd, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Saturday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 4th, 10 am – 4 pm, Richmond
Enjoy the opening celebration of the 10th Doors Open Richmond and begin exploring the richness of the City’s heritage, arts and culture. Discover how Richmond’s cultural heritage combines to make this such a great place to live, work, and play. Evening highlights include the official opening of Doors Open Richmond at 6:30 p.m., live classical Chinese music in Richmond Museum, and the Richmond Art Gallery’s Omnis Temporalis performance at 7:30 p.m. (Please note, this performance does have some adult themes.) The Richmond Cultural Centre and Plaza will be filled with live music and family activities. Two food trucks offering classic comfort food for sale will be parked on site. Enjoy an evening in the cultural heart of Richmond.

Hats Off Day
Saturday, June 3rd, 9 am – 4 pm, Hastings Street, Burnaby
Hats Off Day is a day where local businesses take their “hats off” to the community. Reaching from Gamma Avenue to Boundary Road, Hastings Street will be shut down to traffic, and filled with excitement, music, street performers, kids activities, delicious food, yummy treats, and much more. With multiple activities and attractions for all ages, each block has something to experience. This is a free event. The parade begins with the Police Motorcycle Drill Team at 9 a.m. Hats Off Day Parade will begin at Beta Avenue and continue all the way to Boundary Road.

Community Day
Saturday, June 3rd, 9:30 am – 6 pm, Ambleside Park, Vancouver
Come down to Ambleside Park and enjoy a fun-filled day of festivities for the whole family! This annual event has activities for all ages including a parade, music & dance stages, food vendors, a kid’s zone and a community day lounge. Schedule and details available on the Community Day page. This year’s theme is We Are All Canadian, so if you’re planning on participating in the parade–get creative! Ride your bike to the event and enjoy free, safe bicycle parking, courtesy of The Bicycle Valet! The bike valet will be at the entrance to Ambleside Park (adjacent to the sailing club).

Discover Owls
Saturday, June 3rd, 10 am – 2 pm, Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey
Drop by to learn all about owls! Meet some live birds from the O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society and enjoy lots of fun activities including: owl pellet dissection, nest building, guided walks to look for owls, and more! This event is perfect for all ages. Discover Owls is a part of the 20th Annual Surrey Environmental Extravaganza, a series of over 100 free nature programs and events happening April 22 – June 11, 2017.

Marpole Community Day
Saturday, June 3rd, 11 am – 3 pm, Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, 990 W 59th Avenue, Vancouver
Enjoy a fun day of rides, games, entertainment, food, and more!

Ocean Commotion
Saturday, June 3rd, 1 pm – 4 pm, Surrey Museum, 17710 56a Avenue, Surrey
Water, water everywhere! Celebrate the salty seas at this Environmental Extravaganza event with watery crafts, games and extra-special visitors. 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Get up close and personal with BC’s live marine creatures. The Vancouver Aquarium is bringing their experts and touch tubs so visitors can handle sea stars and hermit crabs, touch a shark jaw or whale tooth. Join Dr. Recycle to make a whale craft from plastic milk jugs. Learn the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) from the master of Junkology – creative reuse of man-made refuse. Dive into ocean crafts and sample a seaweed snack. Prime yourself before the event with some of the Vancouver Aquarium’s fascinating facts about our local oceans.

Heritage 125th Community Picnic
Sunday, June 4th, 11 am – 4 pm, Fraser River Heritage Park, Mission
Bring your blanket and your picnic basket and join the family fun! Enjoy old time entertainments, games, historical displays, watermelon eating contest, arts & crafts, treasure hunt, storytelling and more!

Heritage Geocaching
Sunday, June 4th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Kanaka Creek Regional Park, 23150 River Road, Maple Ridge
The Community Heritage Commission is marking Canada 150 with some historically themed geocaches in the community. Geocaching encourages outdoor recreational use and exploration of parks and public spaces. It is an accessible family activity that is popular all over the world. Put on your sleuthing hat, comfortable shoes and come find these geocaches at Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge Museum, and Maple Ridge Park. These Canada 150 geocaches will officially kick off on June 4.

You’ll find these and more events in our interactive events calendar!

If you’ve got an event you think we should know about please send us all the details! Looking for your event to be featured? Email us for more information.

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

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