This weekend you and your kiddos can explore nature together, enjoy a fun family skate or two, or learn all about fall mason beekeeping. There’s a neat gem and mineral show, a train expo, and a family toy and clothing sale – a great place to start your holiday shopping! 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!
Friday, November 11th marks Remembrance Day and we’ve gathered a list of all the ceremonies happening across Metro Vancouver.
Featured: Celebrate the holiday season with two magical events at Park Royal
Light Up The Village – Friday, November 17th, 5:30 pm – 8 pm, The Village at Park Royal, 925 Main Street, West Vancouver
Santa’s Arrival – Saturday, November 18th, 10:30 am – 12 pm, Park Royal South, near Simons, Marine Drive & Taylor Way, West Vancouver
You’re invited to join Park Royal, on Friday, November 17th, as they Light Up The Village and their 30-foot Christmas Tree! Enjoy treats, live music, holiday dancing, and many more seasonal activities including a visit from Santa Claus. Countdown to lighting is at 6:45 pm sharp! Be sure to return on Saturday, November 18th to welcome Santa when he arrives at his home in Park Royal South at 11 am. Come early – the first 100 kids to sit on Santa’s knee will go home with a signature 200g Lindt Teddy Chocolate Bear. shopparkroyal.com
Discovery Day: November
Friday, November 10th, 10 am – 2 pm, Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey
Kick start your nature adventure in our Sky Room stocked with books, puppets and natural materials for hands-on exploration. Play and learn, then head outside to extend your adventure with discoveries in the forest. Suitable for all ages, though ages 13 and under require parent participation. Drop in! Free! Rain or Shine!
Pro D Day Skate
Friday, November 10th, 10:45 am – 1 pm, Centennial Arena, 14600 North Bluff Road, White Rock
Join White Rock for the Pro D Day Skate at the Centennial Arena, 14600 North Bluff Road. Family Skate: 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Stick & Puck: 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Family Nights in Cloverdale
Friday, November 10th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Don Christian Recreation Centre, 6256 184 Street, Surrey
Bring the family by for a fun night of sports games and activities.
Peter and the Star Catcher
November 10th & 11th, 7:30 pm, Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford
A young orphan and his mates are shipped from England to a far off-island. On the voyage, they meet the precocious Molly, a Starcatcher-in-Training, who tells them that a certain trunk on board carries a magical cargo that must not fall in into the wrong hands. When their ship is attacked by the fearsome pirate, Black Stache, a thrilling adventure ensues where unwilling comrades unite and unlikely heroes emerge. This Tony Award-winning play explores the depths of greed and despair as well as the bonds of friendship, duty, and love. It’s a perfect adventure for the entire family. More shows: November 15th – 18th @ 7:30 pm, Matinees November 11th & 18th @ 2 pm.
Vancouver Train Expo
Saturday, November 11th – Sunday, November 12th, 10 am – 6 pm, PNE Forum, 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Vancouver Train Expo 2017 makes tracks for the Forum at the Pacific National Exhibition November 11th and 12th for the 35th Annual Expo of everything to do with model trains. This year over 60 exhibitors will be on hand with meticulous recreations of trains running through majestic mountain trails and oceanscapes, cities, and landscapes, past and present. Kids and families will love the hands-on experiences of running their own railway empire, likely something they haven’t experienced before. Of course, what would a train expo be without mini rail train rides for the kids, LEGO displays and a children’s activity area where you can play with trains. Come and see the many facets the hobby of model railroading offers. It’s three-dimensional art in motion, it’s robotics and it’s a great way for the family to spend a November day!
Fall Mason Beekeeping
Sunday, November 12th, 10 am – 12 pm, Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby
Mason bees work hard in our gardens all spring long. Now it’s time for us to take care of them so they’ll return next year. Help harvest mason bee cocoons, prepare the bee house for spring and pick up tips for caring for the pollinators in your yard. Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House.
Family Toy & Clothing Sale
Sunday, November 12th, 10 am – 1 pm, Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
A perfect chance for families to buy and sell used children’s clothing and toys. Great bargains for parents with growing children. One table per vendor. Table reservation registration is in person (so table selection can be done) beginning, Aug 14, 2017, at 9 am until tables sell out. Vendor tables are $20. Free admission for bargain hunting customers on event day!
Gem and Mineral Show
Sunday, November 12th, 11 am – 4 pm, Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
The Richmond Gem and Mineral Society present a display of gems and minerals, demos and interactive games. This event is for All Ages. Disability access is available.
Holiday Family Fun at Sunset Community Centre
Monday, November 13th, 11 am – 1 pm, Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street, Vancouver
A day of fun for the family on your Statutory Holiday! Join us at Sunset Community Centre for playgym (including a bouncy castle), arts and crafts, games, and more! A healthy snack concession will be available.
Skate to Remember Toonie Skate
Monday, November 13th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Kensington Recreation Complex, 6159 Curtis Street, Burnaby
Head to Kensington Recreation Complex for a Skate to Remember at Kensington Arena! $2.00, skates and helmet are included in the admission fee.
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