It’s the time of year where it gets difficult to narrow down just a few activities to feature here in our weekend round up of awesome family-friendly things to do in Metro Vancouver – there’s just so much going on! There’s a family camp out, a parade to celebrate wild salmon and a fun bike day in Langley. Draw all over the floors and walls of the Trout Lake Community Centre, explore the world of collaboration with ArtStarts, or head to Fort Langley for the annual Cranberry Festival. Then work off your turkey dinner at a family skate or swim on Monday. Happy Thanksgiving! 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!
Check out our ultimate guide to Halloween fun in Metro Vancouver here. And visit our roundup of October events for even more awesome family-friendly fun!
Family Camp Out
Friday, October 6th, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, Champlain Heights Community Centre, 3350 Maquinna Drive, Vancouver
Get your pj’s on and come camp at Champlain Heights Community Centre! Bring your favourite book and flashlight. The lounge will be transformed into a campsite with tents and a camp fire. Families can read stories in our tents, make crafts and sing songs and enjoy a treat around the camp fire. Free. Please pre-register.
Wild Salmon Caravan
Saturday, October 7th, 9 am – 4 pm, Trout Lake Park, 3300 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Love wild salmon? Want to know how to protect salmon fisheries into the future? Join in this Saturday for the Wild Salmon Caravan, a celebration of the spirit of salmon! Come for the parade, performances, drumming, singing & more. Parade starts at 1607 E Hastings St Vancouver, BC V5L 1S7; Parade destination, feast, and festival is at Trout Lake Park, 3300 Victoria Dr, Vancouver.
22nd Annual Cranberry Festival
Saturday, October 7th, 10 am – 4 pm, Glover Road, Fort Langley
The Cranberry Festival is held each year on the Saturday of the Thanksgiving weekend in the heart of historic Fort Langley. Join in and celebrate the harvest and history of the cranberry in Fort Langley. Enjoy cool, unique vendors, free entertainment, pancake breakfast, and family activities for everyone It’s always a great day in the centre of Fort Langley. When you are done visiting the vendors, head over to the Fort Langley National Historic Site (free entry this year!) for all sorts of cranberry fun!
Take a Kid Biking Day
Saturday, October 7th, 10 am – 1 pm, Penzer Youth Action Park, 198C & 47 Avenue, Langley
Do you and your kids love to bike? Visit Penzer Youth Action Park to try the bike park and newly built pump track. City staff will be on-site with music, prizes, fun games and obstacles to try while on your bike, and more. The event is free to attend. Equipment (Bicycles or Helmets) are not provided. Make sure you wear your bike helmet while riding your bike at the park.
Saturday, October 7th, 10 am – 12 pm, Belcarra Regional Park, Belcarra
Learn about the intriguing amphibians that hide by day and hunt by night. Ages 6 – 9, $4.25 per child. Please pre-register.
Draw, Draw, Draw
Saturday, October 7th, 11 am – 1 pm, Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
An event for people of all ages and abilities to come and draw in unconventional ways. Participants will be invited to draw on the floors and walls of the community centre, they will experiment with drawing to music, to sounds, with their non-dominant hand, with their eyes closed, walking while drawing, drawing with pens taped to their limbs, partner drawing, and more.
ArtStarts Explores: Collaboration
Saturday, October 7th, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Today you will explore collaboration in response to the brand new exhibition opening today, called Beyond Words: Stories Journeying Through Time.
Stewart Birthday Party
Saturday, October 7th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Stewart Farm House, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
Who doesn’t like a birthday party? Celebrate eldest Stewart son William’s birthday with popcorn and hot apple cider while playing old-fashioned parlour games. Make an old fashioned ball and cup toy to take home, play vintage games such as Shut the Box or Marble Shooters, dress up or make paper dolls, take part in “Does it Belong,” a game in which staff place some toys in William’s room and visitors have to guess whether or not William would have received those as gifts during the Victorian era.
One Sky One World at Vanier Park
Sunday, October 8th, 10 am – 5 pm, Vanier Park 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
One Sky One World promotes annual activities in concurrence with events in hundreds of locations around the World on the Second Sunday of Every October utilizing the multi-cultural symbol of the kite and the ocean of air that we all share. Join in Vancouver’s celebration at Vanier Park. The art and entertainment activities associated with the One Sky One World event, leads to community enjoyment, understanding, friendship between people, environmental awareness and promoting world peace.
Thanksgiving Swims & Skates
Kensington Recreation Complex Skate
Monday, October 9th, 11:30 am – 3 pm, Kensington Recreation Complex, 6159 Curtis Street, Burnaby
Twin Rinks – Chilliwack Skate
Monday, October 9th, 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm, Twin Rinks – Chilliwack, 5275 Tyson Road, Chilliwack
Hyde Creek Recreation Centre – Swim
Monday, October 9th, 1 pm – 5 pm, Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, 1379 Laurier Avenue, Port Coquitlam
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