Hello, weekend! There’s a ton of awesome activities happening around town for you and your family to take part in. Feeling musical? Head to a VSO Tiny Tots concert all about a musical train ride, dance the day away with Marnie Band at Mount Pleasant Community Centre, or sing along with Peter Pan at the Surrey Arts Centre. If you’d rather spend time outdoors this weekend, go on a walk in Richmond (feel free to bring your dog) or learn about Indigenous culture with a drumming and singing presentation at the Fort Langley National Historic Site. You can also celebrate the Persian New Year with family crafts in Coquitlam, or meet some exotic reptiles. And that’s just the start — 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!
Featured Event: Party for the Playground Fundraiser
Saturday, April 14th, 7 pm-midnight, Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Langley
Grab your blue jeans and your black tie – it’s time to party, for a new playground! Fort Langley Elementary is a community hub. It is used by students, community members, and visitors to Fort Langley. An upgrade to the existing equipment will support physical activity for our children and will incorporate the needs and diversity of our community. Head to Fort Langley for a night of fun at our Blue Jeans and Black Tie Event. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, music, and dancing, and help raise some funds! Early bird tickets are $50, available until March 16. From March 16 onward tickets are $60. Admission includes a drink and catering generously provided by Catering Visions. Bring cash or your chequebook – there will be silent and live auctions with some incredible items. Must be 19+ to attend.
VSO Tiny Tots Concert – Magical Melody Train Ride!
Friday, March 9th, 10 am & 11:30 am, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Saturday, March 10th, 10 am & 11:30 am, Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Choo, choo! Join us “Down by the Symphony Station” for a magical train ride through the music of Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Featuring the sounds of the flute, clarinet, cello and string bass.
Peter Pan the Musical
Friday, March 9th – Sunday, March 11th, various showtimes, Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Welcome to the Darling family’s adventures in Never Land! With Peter Pan the Musical, Surrey Youth Theatre Company continues its highly respected and exciting history of family theatre. The 17-member cast (ages 10 to 15) offers up a captivating and delightful rendition of the popular novel. Come witness heroism as Peter defeats the villainous Captain Hook, be entertained by fumbling Pirates, learn why Peter does not want to grow up, and cry and cheer with the Lost Boys counting on Peter and Wendy to lead them in life. And what’s with all this Tinker Bell stuff? Staying away from the Disney and Broadway interpretations, this version is direct out of London with a cleverly written British script plus songs that are catchy, engaging, and memorable.
Walk Richmond – McDonald Beach (dog-friendly walk)
Saturday, March 10th, 10 am – 11 am, McDonald Beach Park, 3500 McDonald Road, Richmond
Pass along the North Arm of the Fraser River on this serene walk on Sea Island that is a pleasure for airplane and bird-watching enthusiasts. Meeting spot: North end of McDonald Road at the McDonald Beach parking lot. This event is for All Ages. Partial disability access is available.
We Play Kids Gym
Saturday, March 10th, 11 am – 2 pm, We Play Kids Gym, 1-3238 King George Blvd., Surrey
Bring your kids to play and explore We Play, South Surrey’s new sensory friendly indoor kids play gym. Open Play will be FREE during the hours of our Grand Opening.
Music with Marnie Band and Characters at Mount Pleasant
Saturday, March 10th, 11 am – 12 pm, Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway, Vancouver
Get ready to boogie with Marnie, her Rock n’ Roll Band and her Fun and Furried Characters. The Music with Marnie Band, performs funky and educational tunes that get kids and parents moving and grooving. This theatrical and wildly entertaining show puts ants in your pants. Each song tells a story and has an action, keeping children focused and physical. If you’ve never seen a dancing monkey or a Kiddie Mosh Pit, now’s your chance! It’s impossible not to get up and boogie during a Music with Marnie Show. Marnie’s sparkling melodies and funky beats make her a favourite with children, parents and critics alike in her live concerts, her videos and her four award winning recordings.
Exotic Reptile Show
Saturday, March 10th, 11 am – 4 pm, Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Meet snakes, lizards and geckos at this show presented by the West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles. This event is for All Ages. Disability access is available.
Sunday, March 11th, 12 pm – 1 pm, Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Langley
Learn about Indigenous culture with a drumming and singing presentation from the Kwantlen First Nation. The presentation will take place at the centre fire pit inside the fort.
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