It’s starting to feel like the perfect time of year to cozy up inside under a blanket, reading books and building LEGO masterpieces. But if you’re in the mood for something more exciting, there’s plenty to do around town. Take part in a family science night, go for a guided walk around False Creek South, or celebrate the multicultural community of Abbotsford. Attend a dance party, head to the library for a cardboard box drive-in family movie, or watch seabirds around Stanley Park. You can also see Santa around town, and catch many other holiday happenings – you can see all the details here. 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: Will’s Jams Live Multimedia Show – Vancouver
Sunday, November 26th, 11 am & 3 pm, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Join JUNO-nominee Will Stroet and his Backyard Band for the Vancouver premiere of the Will’s Jams Live Multimedia Show, based on his popular Will’s Jams TV series airing nationwide on CBC Kids. This interactive concert features lots of sing-along fan favourites from the series, including Jam, Eat a Plum Yum Yum, Stampede and Chuggada Choo. Regular tickets are $15 or $55 for a 4-pack. Buy your tickets online at www.famjams.eventbrite.ca. Use the promo code “Yoyomama” to receive 10% off! Hour-long shows at 11 am and 3 pm. Doors open 30-minutes before show time. This is an open seating concert with some chairs and floor seating so seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Family Nights in Cloverdale
Friday, November 24th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Clayton Hall, 18513 70 Ave, Surrey
Stop by Clayton Hall to explore, experiment, and create at a fun Family Science Night.
False Creek South Walking Tour
Saturday, November 25th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, False Creek South, Vancouver
Join long-term residents, City planners, and designers on a walk around this unique neighbourhood. Experience False Creek South from a resident’s perspective, and share your hopes for its future. Two options: walk around Olympic Village Stadium, Leg-in-Boot Square, and the Heather neighbourhood, or start at Laurel Landbridge and meander the Spruce neighbourhood and the western part of False Creek South. Please pre-register.
Multicultural Abby Fest
Saturday, November 25th, 10 am – 4 pm, Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
AbbyFest is a celebration of the city of Abbotsford. As one of the most diverse cities in all of North America, culture is Abbotsford’s identity. Come and celebrate Abbotsford by celebrating the diversity in our arts, culture, sports, community groups, and local businesses. Taste the food Abbotsford grows, enjoy the art and history, and enjoy the entertainment presented by cultural and performance groups from across the city!
We Are Canadians, Too!
Saturday, November 25th, 11 am – 10 pm, Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Summer may be over, but the year hasn’t yet ended on Canada 150! Head downtown to celebrate what everyone loves about Canada with a visualization of the diversity that is our strength as a society. Whether your family’s been here for generations or recently immigrated, there’s something in Canada to inspire everyone! This one-day-only festival features live performances, a multicultural BBQ, visual arts, and workshops & activities for the whole family! As we reflect on the year of 150, discover what’s inspired the first generation and the newest Canadians in a celebration to complement our traditions and leave an inclusive and innovative legacy!
ArtStarts: Dance Party with Jess Dance
Saturday, November 25th, 11 am & 1 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Sunday, November 26th, 11 am & 1 pm, River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Come to an exclusive ArtStarts DANCE PARTY with Jess Dexter of Jess Dance! We’ll be moving, grooving, doing it right. It will be impossible to stand still in this fun-filled, upbeat, dance extravaganza All ages. Looking for fun, free things to do with kids in the Lower Mainland? ArtStarts is pleased to offer free arts-based events for kids and families each month—in both Vancouver and New Westminster. Join some of the best artists working with young people for performances and workshops that explore a wide range of cultures and artistic disciplines. Each 45-minute workshop takes place twice, at 11 am and 1 pm. Please arrive a little early as this is a popular program. Ideal for ages 5 and up, but all are welcome. Free! Donations welcome.
CAG Family Day | Elliptical Tapestries
Saturday, November 25th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver
On the last Saturday of each month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. This Saturday, create a small felt tapestry using shapes, lines, and colours inspired by Lyse Lemieux’s window installation.
Drive-In at the Library: Pixar Short Films Volume 1
Saturday, November 25th, 2 pm – 4 pm, Capilano Library, 3045 Highland Blvd, North Vancouver
Families can come in and make their own car using a box, then watch Pixar’s short film collection from the comfort of their new vehicle! Parents should be on hand to help their kids with the car decorating. All materials will be provided. No registration required. Arrive early to secure a spot!
Super Hero Toonie Skate
Saturday, November 25th, 5 pm – 6:30 pm, Twin Rinks – Chilliwack, 5275 Tyson Road, Chilliwack
On November 25, Fly up, up, and away to Twin Rinks! Your friendly neighbourhood skating rink is here with another great special skate! Flash on over for super activities, great prizes, family fun, and of course, skating! $2 admission, $4 skate rentals, helmet is recommended.
Birds of a Feather: Seabird Spotlight
Sunday, November 26th, 9 am – 11 am, Stanley Park, Vancouver
It’s an exciting time of year to watch seabirds settle in our waters during their winter migration. Spot surf scoters returning in the thousands to the ocean waters surrounding Stanley Park! Join us for this two-hour easy walking exploration to learn about bird identification and behaviour.
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