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family-friendly weekend events in metro vancouver

Here comes the weekend and it’s jam-packed full of great stuff to do with the whole family. Learn how to create a family garden, visit with owls, or have tea with some bees. With Bird Week starting, there are tons of events and activities celebrating our feathery friends, like birding walks in Stanley Park. You can stroll through rows of rhododendrons in Burnaby or enjoy a play full of Robert Munsch classics. 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.

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

RCC-YOYOMAMA-EBLAST-3Featured: Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC! in Vancouver
May 12th – 14th, PNE, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
The all new Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC!™ 2017 is touring Metro Vancouver this May. This spectacular exhibition showcases a circus tradition that goes back to medieval times. SPECTAC! is coming to Surrey, Vancouver and Abbotsford from May 5 to May 22 for 24 amazing shows. The internationally renowned acts include the thrilling High Wire and Flying Trapeze, the Platform Motor Cycle Cyclone, the Acrobatic Aerial Strap & Silk act, beautiful Liberty Horses, Acrobats, Hula Hoop maze, world class performing Poodles, Motorcycle Wheel of Destiny, Clowns and much more. For 2 for 1 Tickets go to and use Promo Code yoyomama

Don’t forget to check out the shows in Surrey from May 5th – 7th and Abbotsford from May 19th – 22nd!


Super Smash Bros. Tournament ages 10 – 18
Friday, May 5th, 4:15 pm – 9 pm, Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107a Avenue, Surrey
Come and test your skills as Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre hosts its first annual Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament. Along with the tournament, Chuck Bailey will be hosting a free Barbeque in the skate park. There will also be casual gaming happening throughout the night as well as billiards and board games. The tournament is open for any youth aged 10-18, there will be two rounds of preliminary matches followed by a knock-out round. There will be prizes for top contenders as well as random door prizes for those who attend. The tournament is part of the Surrey’s Youth Week which runs from May 1st – 7th.

Beginner Birding
Saturday, May 6th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Join local bird experts Al Grass and Adrian Grant-Duff for a presentation followed by a walk at Lost Lagoon. Learn to identify local birds by sight and sound. Free and all ages welcome.

Free Sustainable Workshop: Creating a Family Garden
Saturday, May 6th, 10 am – 11:30 am, Ladner Community Centre, Delta
Bring the family and learn quick and easy ways to involve your kids in growing food. Leave with plans for a pizza garden. This workshop is designed for families with children ages 5-12.

OWL Annual Open House
Saturday, May 6th – 7th, OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, 3800-72nd Street, Delta
O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society) is a rehabilitation and education centre established for the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured birds of prey. They take care of raptors such as eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, osprey and vultures. They see over 600 birds of prey a year. They are having their annual Open House Saturday, May 6th & Sunday, May 7th from 10am-3pm. The Open House is one of their largest fundraising events to make it possible for us to continue our work. Bird Meet and Greet, Pond Games, Informative Displays, Interpretation Center, Raffle, Gift Area, Food and Beverages, Free Shuttle Service from Boundary Bay Heli Port parking lot!

Fingerling Festival
Saturday, May 6th, 11 am – 3 pm, Port Moody Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody
A fun, free, environmental festival for everyone. Help release over 40,000 fingerlings (juvenile salmon) into Noons Creek, meet over 70 environmental organizations and learn more about our local Port Moody ecology.

Teas for Bees: Picnic Fundraiser at the UBC Farm
Saturday, May 6th, 2 pm – 4 pm, UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
Spend a day at the farm and celebrate native bees and pollinators! Bring a picnic blanket, your friends, your children and they will provide the rest of the tea party ingredients! Midway through our tea party you can a performance and talk by bee educator Lori Weidenhammer and go on a native pollinator walk and observe the busy activity around the UBC Farm’s flowers and fields. This tea party is entry by donation with all proceeds going towards the UBC Farm’s mason bee housing expansion. Registration is required.

Rhododendron Festival
Sunday, May 7th, 10 am – 5 pm, Shadbolt Centre For The Arts, Burnaby
This charming festival produced by the City of Burnaby in collaboration with the Burnaby Rhododendron & Gardens Society promotes the long-term sustainable, ecological health of our communities. It presents a very unique venue for both horticulture and arts groups. Festival highlights include variety entertainment, rovers, mini-workshops, horticultural and nature tours, plant sales, and interactive arts activities. A silent auction, artisan, and pottery sales are always crowd-pleasing favourites at this fun-filled festival!

Ethno-ornithology is way cool because:
Sunday, May 7th, 1 pm – 2 pm, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
Come explore the intersection between bird feather identification and anthropology artifacts. This field of inquiry, ethno-ornithology, combines avian identification, avian forensics, cosmology, cultural practices, land conservation, and the ‘Rights of Nature’ Ecuadorian constitutional amendment. UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s Assistant Curator of Tetrapods, Ildiko Szabo, assisted UBC Museum of Anthropology curators with ‘Amazonia: The Rights of Nature’ Exhibit (March 9, 2017 – January 28, 2018). Discover how sleuthing bird identifications helps confirm, or can lead to discovering, the cultural origin of stunningly beautiful feathered artifacts.

Munsch Upon a Time
Sunday, May 7th, 2 pm – 3 pm, Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould Street, Chilliwack
In this madcap presentation of the stories of Robert Munsch, books come to life on stage with the help of Professor Pim’s time machine, which zips back and forth 40 years into the past and 40 years into the future – all with lots of high-octane energy and loads of laughs. You’ll see three classic stories from Canada’s most beloved children’s author – The Paper Bag Princess, The Fire Station & David’s Father – plus new favourites, Give Me Back My Dad! and It’s My Room!

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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