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family-friendly weekend events in metro vancouver

Here comes the weekend and a ton of great family-friendly activities! The festival season has officially started in Metro Vancouver. This weekend, check out Italian Day on the Drive, Sapperton Day, and the Coquitlam Grande Parade and Teddy Bear Picnic, to name just a few. Enjoy fun family activities at Cultus Lake, Champlain Heights, and Douglas Park. There’s a brand new park opening in Surrey and an awesome VSO concert for tiny tots. 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!

VSO Tiny Tots: Let’s Have a Playdate
Friday, June 9th, 10 am – 12:15 pm, Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Saturday, June 10th, 10 am – 12:15 pm, The Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Explore fast and slow music on three playdates: at a friend’s house, at the park, and at a concert.Play hide and seek, bounce the ball and other favourite games set to the music of Johannes Brahms. Accompanied by a woodwind quartet. Tiny Tots is a 4-concert series for the little ones, from toddlers to four or five years of age, held in the intimate performance space of the Playhouse in downtown Vancouver and the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. This series features professional music educators and musicians, Let Your Music Shine! with Lisa & Linda, in their own musical presentations for kids.

Saturday, June 10th, 9 am – 5 pm, Cultus Lake Park, 4165 Columbia Valley Highway, Chilliwack
Parade, entertainment, market, activities for the kids. A fun family day.

Sapperton Day Street Festival
Sunday, June 11th, 10 am – 5 pm, 400 Block East Columbia Street, New Westminster
Come celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! There will be live street performers, musical groups, bouncy castles, clowns, games, mini donuts, pancake breakfast, rock climbing wall, marketplace vendors, and much, much, more. Also, make sure to check out the new Snapchat filter the day of the event! All proceeds raised on the day of the event will be donated to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation to raise funds for critically needed equipment, research, and innovation and to ensure the best medical standards for the future.

Regional Recycling Family Fun Event
Saturday, June 10th, 11 am – 3 pm, Regional Recycling Richmond, 13300 Vulcan Way, Richmond
Regional Recycling Richmond is hosting a FREE FAMILY FUN EVENT! Great for the whole family. Bring your kids down to play in the bouncy castle, do art’s and crafts, get their face painted and more! There will be free food and mingling with your community. Bring your recycling to get entered into the win a bike contest and a ticket to get a FREE hotdog and drink. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Summer Fair at Champlain Heights
Saturday, June 10th, 11 am – 3 pm, Champlain Heights Community Centre, 3350 Maquinna Drive, Vancouver
There will be non-stop fun and activities for the whole family.Parking is limited, please walk to the event. Amusement Rides, Live Entertainment, Inflatables, BBQ and lots of fun!Music with Marnie will be performing at 2:30 pm.

Grand Opening: Oak Meadows Park
Saturday, June 10th, 11 am – 2 pm, Oak Meadows Park, 16271 22 Avenue, Surrey
Help celebrate the opening of Oak Meadows Park, South Surrey’s newest neighbourhood park. Oak Meadows feature a unique wetland area and a mature second growth forest grove, as well as passive park amenities including pathways, viewpoints and kids nature play. Drop by to get to know this unique park and enjoy: Guided park tours, kids’ activities, nature-based activities, face painting & free refreshments (while supplies last).

Douglas Park Community Day
Saturday, June 10th, 11 am – 3 pm, Douglas Park Community Centre, 801 West 22nd Avenue, Vancouver
Celebrate Douglas Park Community Day on June 10! Featuring main stage performances, class demonstrations, inflatables, games, crafts, community booths, food, and more, this event is free fun for the entire family.

Coquitlam’s Grand Parade and Teddy Bear Picnic & Concert
Sunday, June 11th, 9:45 am – 5:30 pm, Town Centre, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Teddy Bear Parade (9:45 am – 11 am) – Bring your teddy bears to watch as the parade marches up to the Teddy Bear Picnic at Town Centre Park! Teddy Bear Picnic – Fun for all young children – featuring storytelling, puppet shows, rovers, gymnastics and more from 11 am – 4 pm. Teddy Bear Family Concert – This promises to be a fun evening of music for children of all ages, on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 3 pm – 5:30 pm.

Gnome’s Sweet Home
Sunday, June 11th, 11 am – 4 pm, Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Join the Richmond Nature Park for this new whimsical family event. Solve mysteries with Sherlock Gnomes, follow the story of Gnomeo and Juliet, and build a take-home gnome home at the Gnome Depot.

Italian Day on the Drive
Sunday, June 11th, 12 pm – 8 pm, Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Italian Day on The Drive is a vibrant cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and respective immigrant contributions in Vancouver. Commercial Drive, also known as The Drive, is home to the annual festival which transforms the street into a lively 14 block, vehicle free, celebration and community fest. Since Italian Day’s return in 2010, the event has grown significantly. Italian Day on The Drive represents the largest one-day cultural street festival in the city – and perhaps in Canada – drawing over 350,000 enthusiastic attendees of all cultures and ages. It is a multi-cultural and community embrace under the Italian Day umbrella offering over 200 street participants comprised of: sponsors, merchants, retail booths, food vendors and restaurant patios, as well as stages with live music and theatre, street performers, classic cars, activities and displays, children’s amusement zones and more.

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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