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This weekend marks the beginning of Spring Break in schools around Metro Vancouver, so start things off on the right foot with some fun family activities! Enjoy a family movie, take part in an epic aviation expo for girls, or celebrate spring and the beautiful cherry blossom. There are great rec centre drop-in activities and an awesome family dance party 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.

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.

Family Movie Night – Fleetwood
Friday, March 10th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Fleetwood Community Centre, 15996 – 84 Avenue, Surrey
Dress in your PJ’s and get ready for a movie night! This event is free for families to enjoy and dinner will be available for an additional cost. There are more family movie events happening in South Surrey and Cloverdale. Click here for details.

Girls Fly Too
Saturday, March 11th – Sunday, March 12th, 9 am – 5:30 pm, Abbotsford International Airport, 1255 Townline Road, Abbotsford
Epic 2-day event by The Sky’s no limit – Girls Fly Too! Energizing more females to discover the amazing opportunities available to them in aviation, aerospace and space. Events, including the introductory flights are always free to ensure there are no barriers to participation – thanks to the support of industry and community partners.

Celebrate Spring 2017
Saturday, March 11th, 11 am – 4 pm, Nikkei National Museum, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Celebrate the cherry blossom season at this annual spring festival showcasing Japanese culture! Try your hand at cultural demos such as tea ceremony, kimono dressing, and crafts. For 2017, we are partnering with the Turkish Community, so come enjoy inspiring performances by artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. You’ll also have the opportunity to peruse the line-up of local vendors and shop for unique accessories, kimonos, jewelry, sweets, and more.

Family Sunday at the Surrey Art Gallery
Sunday, March 12th, 12 pm – 4 pm, Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Looking for something to do on a Sunday? Come and check out the Surrey Art Gallery where you and your family can create, explore, and enjoy art! With hands-on art making workshops in a range of mediums, games, and an interactive performance, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Admission is free!

An Irish Afternoon
Saturday, March 11th, 1 pm – 3 pm, Mackin House, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Head to Mackin House for a celebration of Irish culture, heritage, and the Irish Canadians who helped shape our nation. Brendan Flynn of the Ireland Canada Monument Society will give a short presentation, followed by Mr. Doug Massey, whose father George Massey was influential in building the Massey Tunnel. Mr. Bob Mackin, grandson of Henry. J Mackin will also speak. The presentations will be followed by Irish musical performances.

Ready, Set, Play!
Saturday, March 11th, 3 pm – 5 pm, Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Head to Pinetree Community Centre for free family play time with loads of activities. Try badminton, floor hockey, basketball, tennis, crafts, face painting and gymnastics! Geared towards 5 –12 years.

Mabee Baby Family Dance
Sunday, March 12th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Hidden City Records, 651 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Inspired by those living room dance parties that spontaneously happen with the kids. Maybe its hard to get out of the house for some fun and dancing. Take the dance party out of the living room and onto the dance floor! This event will include music for adults and kids with good taste provided by Adam Fink (Common People DJs).

VSO Kids’ Koncerts: Inspector Tovey
Sunday, March 12th, 2 pm – 3 pm, Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Concerts for children four to eleven years of age and their families in five fun and educational musical presentations. The Kids’ Koncerts series features the full orchestra and the very best in children’s musical entertainers. Maestro Bramwell Tovey dons the Inspector hat to investigate the instruments of a symphony orchestra, in a fun and educational concert centred on Saint- Saëns’s famous Carnival of the Animals.

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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