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Sure, snow may be in the forecast (again), but that doesn’t have to put a damper on your weekend fun! This weekend, celebrate Purim with a pancake breakfast, learn all about the crankie, or enjoy tea with your favourite Paw Patrol pups. There’s a St. Patty’s Day kids carnival, a few kids’ swap meets, and a free family skate too. 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.

If you are on the hunt for even more family fun, check out our round-up of 50 free and low-cost winter activities and our list of awesome events happening in March. And don’t forget to plan your Spring Break fun. Check out our ultimate guide to Spring Break activities and get the inside scoop on some awesome Spring Break camps.

St. Patty’s Day Kids Carnival
Friday, March 3rd, 3 pm – 5 pm, Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Games, Crafts, Bouncy Castle, Food and more!

8th Annual Richmond Seedy Saturday
Saturday, March 4th, 10 am – 2 pm, Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Avenue, Richmond
Join in for an annual celebration of local seeds, gardening and education that supports a healthy, strong community and local food system. Spend the day at Seedy Saturday and get ready for the upcoming gardening season with local seed, garden and plant companies. Bring seeds for the seed exchange and your gardening questions to ask a Master Gardener. This is a family-friendly celebration so bring the whole family and enjoy the kids’ activity area, live music, baked goods, plus coffee and tea. The event brings together community members, local seed, garden and plant companies, non-profits and community groups to recognize the importance of, and increase access to, locally-grown and adapted seeds.

Crankie/Moving Panorama Workshop
Saturday, March 4th, 10 am – 11 am, Mackin House, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Join Artist Sue Truman, along with other as teach you the art of the Crankie! What is a Crankie? Think of it like a moving panorama or a hand-cranked moving picture show! Children ages 8-14 will work with these artists to create their own cranky show. Register today by calling or emailing Coquitlam Heritage.

Refresh Kids Market
Saturday, March 4th, 10 am – 3 pm, Westcoast Railway Heritage Park, 39645 Government Road, Squamish
Shop a beautiful selection of clothing, accessories, nursery decor, newborn essentials and mom and baby must-haves from some of BC’s top baby and kids brands.

Kids’ Movie: Ice Age 5 Collision Course
Saturday, March 4th, 11 am – 1 pm, Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Join Ice Age favourites in their latest adventure! Manny, Diego, and Sid join up with Buck to fend off a meteor strike that would destroy the world. It’s FREE! Bring your friends! Rated PG. Recommended for ages 6+.

Thank You Free Skate
Saturday, March 4th, 5 pm – 6:30 pm, Chilliwack Twin Rinks, 5725 Tyson Road, Chilliwack
Because you’re awesome! Come skate between 5:00pm – 6:30pm.

JCC Purim Magic – with Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, March 5th, 10 am – 12:30 pm, Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
The Jewish Community of Greater Vancouver welcomes the entire community to their annual JCC Purim Magic Party– with a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 5 from 10 am – 12:30 pm. Purim focuses on the story of Queen Esther, her uncle Mordechai and how they saved the Jews of Shushan from the evil Haman – the King’s right-hand man. Today, Jews around the world celebrate Purim with costumes, treats and noisemakers to drown out Haman’s name.

Family Day: Around the House
Sunday, March 5th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
What kinds of objects can you find in an old-fashioned farmhouse? Did you know Victorians had mechanical apple peelers and cherry pitters? Could you tell which is which? Get your hands on gadgets and thingamajigs, go on a scavenger hunt upstairs and downstairs, and gather ’round for story time.

The History of Tree Planting is Way Cool because:
Sunday, March 5th, 1 pm – 2 pm, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
Where do forests come from? Where should they come from? One hundred years ago, most people assumed that humans would never stoop to plant a tree in British Columbia. Life as a tree-planter is hard work, so why are so many modern forests planted by people? The answer to this question can be found in the years just after the First World War. Join David Brownstein to find out what happened. David is the Principal of Klahanie Research Ltd. and he has taught at UBC in the Departments of Geography, History, and the Canadian Studies Program. This talk will change the way that you think about forests and what they mean.

Afternoon Tea for kids – Paw Patrol
Sunday, March 5th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, West Point Grey Community Centre, 4397 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Paw Patrol is on the chase because no job is too big or pup too small on this Sunday afternoon. This afternoon tea with a Paw Patrol theme includes a light lunch, dessert, activities and maybe a visit from Chase or Marshall, if they aren’t too busy protecting the community. All ages welcome but activities will be geared for children 3 and up. Register now as the teas are very popular and sell out fast. All children must be accompanied by a paid adult.

You’ll find these and more events in our interactive events calendar. It’s also easy to get the event listings in our handy app, OnTheGoKids, which takes our weekend guide and makes it mobile!

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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