February is a month full of love and celebrations. Between Valentine’s Day, Family Day, and Lunar New Year celebrations, there’s no shortage of fun, family-friendly events and activities happening around Metro Vancouver! Take a look at our round-up and start planning some memorable family fun. If you like learning about great family-friendly activities happening in Metro Vancouver, make sure you sign up to receive our weekly emails.
Festivals & Celebrations
8th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival
January 20th – February 14th, Various locations in Vancouver
The annual Hot Chocolate Festival is back for its eighth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine. This Festival is a fundraiser for the Downtown Eastside women’s job training program of the PHS Community Services Society and East Van Roasters.
Family Valentine’s at Bear Creek Park Train
February 3rd – 14th, Bear Creek Park Train & Mini Golf, 13750 – 88th Avenue, Surrey
Enjoy a Valentine’s train ride and crafts at Bear Creek Park Train & Mini Golf. Just $6 / person. Please book for your group of more than 8 people.
Saturday, February 3rd, 10 am – 5 pm, Vanier Park, 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, Cost: $5
Bring your family down to Vanier Park for a festive event for all ages featuring 5 incredible attractions for only $5 (ages 5 and under FREE). Ticket includes admission to the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, City of Vancouver Archives and Vancouver Academy of Music. Experience these unique waterfront attractions showcasing art, history, crafts, science and performances from Bard on the Beach and the Academy of Music. Enjoy local food vendors and a chance to win great prizes!
Kids Take Over UBC
Sunday, February 11th, UBC, Vancouver
Celebrate Family Day weekend by bringing your entire family to UBC on Sunday, February 11. Kids and youth will take on adult-sized roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate and promote arts and culture at UBC. Takeover Day, first launched in the UK, is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organizations, archives and heritage sites.
18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Thursday, February 15th – Thursday, March 15th, various venues around Vancouver
Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is the Lower Mainland’s winter music, dance, comedy and theatre festival presenting international, national and local artists. The Chutzpah! Festival delivers audiences’ work that is forward-looking, multi-layered, and entertaining. The upcoming 2018 Festival will run from February 15 to March 15 at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and other venues in and around Vancouver. Over four weeks, we will welcome performers from cultural hubs such as Canada, Bulgaria, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, the USA and Mexico.
Lanterns in the Garden
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, February 16th – March 4th, (closed Feb 18th), 5 pm – 10 pm, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Experience an authentic Chinese lantern festival (yuánxiāo jié) in Vancouver’s classical Chinese garden. The dazzling display of handmade lanterns showcases various Chinese legends, adding spark to the Year of the Dog celebration. Enjoy live performances and participate in various activities, including classic lantern riddles and Chinese sugar painting. Don’t forget to warm up with some festive nibbles and beverages at the food market.
Plays, Shows & Concerts
Motown The Musical
February 6th – 11th, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown the Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more.
Platypus Theatre: Peter and the Wolf
Sunday, February 11th, 2 pm, Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
In a fresh take on a well-loved classic, Peter is a dreamer who suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure: a mystifying mission to capture a wily wolf. Two dancers and an actor, colourful sets and incredible masks make for a modern and humorous re-telling of this enduring story. Peter and the Wolf brings listeners in on the action as they help catch the mangy marauder once and for all!
Celebrate BC Family Day with Will Stroet
Monday, February 12th, 11 am & 3 pm, Jewish Community Centre, 950 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Celebrate BC Family Day with Will Stroet at two awesome, family-friendly concerts! At 11 am, 2017 Juno nominee and CBC Kids star Will Stroet of Will’s Jams performs a high-energy concert with his Backyard Band in English and French with fun actions and sing-along choruses. And at 3 pm, it’s the Pebble Star Artists Family Show! This is a jam-packed variety show featuring four top-notch family acts from Pebble Star Artists’ roster. Each artist will perform a 20-minute interactive show with lots of audience participation. Featured artists include Will Stroet & the Backyard Band, Karima Essa, Ginalina, and the Blues Berries! Doors open 30-minutes prior to each show. Babies 1 and under are free but require a ticket. Use code Yoyomama for a 10% discount on tickets! Tickets available at eventbrite.ca
Science World: The Science Of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
January 25th – April 22nd, Science World, 1455 Quebec Street
Prepare for an incredible journey through the curious collections of Mr. Ripley, the explorer extraordinaire who traveled the world collecting artifacts and stories from the remarkable people and places he encountered. Explore the collections for yourself and learn the science behind the most extreme animals to have ever lived, dive into the complexities of human biology and marvel at the seemingly impossible collection of remarkable objects. Get hands-on with some amazing artifacts, take a wander through a model of the world’s largest snake and see how you measure up to the world’s tallest person. You might even discover a new dinosaur! Tap into your inner explorer at The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Flight of the Dragon at FlyOver Canada
Ongoing until February 18th, FlyOver Canada, 201-999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Flight of the Dragon is back at FlyOver Canada for a limited time! During this special feature, follow a mythical dragon as it soars over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery – including the Great Wall of China, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the city of Shanghai and more. Then, take off again to experience FlyOver Canada, an exhilarating journey from east-to-west across Canada.
Vancouver Art Gallery: Emily Carr – Into the Forest
Ongoing until March 4th, 2018, Vancouver Art Gallery, 650 Hornby Street, Vancouver
The Vancouver Art Gallery is home to the finest collection of Emily Carr works in the world. While we are fortunate to have major works from throughout her career, the Gallery’s collection is particularly rich in her forest paintings from the 1930s. These include both her canvases and oil on paper works, a medium she began using during that period. Supplemented with a generous loan of three key early works completed during 1913-1918, and the remarkable Grey, both from private collections, this exhibition highlights her continued explorations of the natural environment—from the formative days of her career to the final stages of her life.
Vancouver Maritime Museum: The Lost Fleet
Ongoing until May 27th, 2018, Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
This unique exhibition will showcase a series of photographs as well as several models of Japanese-Canadian-built fishing vessels in its collection, made by the late model shipbuilder, Doug Allen. The beautifully crafted models replicate some of the fishing boats seized during the war that have since been lost to history. Visitors will see replicas of the registry created in order to redistribute the seized boats. The display will also include shell fragment from Estevan Point lighthouse. In June 1942, a Japanese Imperial submarine fired shells at the lighthouse, just shortly after it had attacked a US merchant vessel in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This artifact highlights the little known fact that enemy fire did land on Canadian soil during WWII, and adds a level of reality to the threat that was feared by many in BC.
Museum of Anthropology: Amazonia – The Rights of Nature
Ongoing until February 18th, Museum of Anthropology at UBC, 6393 North West Marine Drive, Vancouver
The exhibition features Amazonian basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing Indigenous, Maroon and white settler communities. Today, these groups confront threats caused by political violence, mining, oil and gas exploration, industrial agriculture, forest fires, and hydroelectric plants. Challenging visitors to examine their own notions towards holistic well-being, the exhibition covers more than 100 years of unsuspected relationships between Vancouver and Amazonian peoples, ideas, and their struggles.
Robson Square Ice Skating
Open until February 28th, see website for hours, Robson Square, Vancouver
This winter, renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun. Robson Square’s outdoor skating rink is open, so celebrate winter in style with skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It’s a magical place to enjoy the holidays with your friends, family and loved ones.
Sliding Zone at Grouse Mountain
Hours of operation subject to weather conditions, visit the website for details
Head to Grouse Mountain’s Sliding Zone for slip-sliding fun for the child in all of us! Located just west of the Skating Pond at the Chalet level, there are two designated lanes of groomed terrain. Head to the Sliding Den or the Fireside Hut to rent your snow carpet (required) and then hit the hill for a fun family day on the mountain!
We hope this big giant list has inspired you and your family to get out and enjoy everything Metro Vancouver has to offer in February! For more great family fun make sure to join our mailing list to receive weekly Metro Vancouver events right in your inbox.
By: Michelle Hughes