February is a month full of love and celebrations. Between Valentine’s Day, Family Day, and continuing Lunar New Year celebrations, there’s no shortage of fun, family-friendly events and activities happening around Metro Vancouver! Plus, enjoy a spectacular horse show, rock out with the Bubble Guppies or sing along at a Will Stroet concert. Make sure to enjoy the snow on local mountains while lasts and take one last spin around Robson Square ice rink. 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.
Lunar New Year Events
Plays & Shows
January 29th – February 19th, Big Top at the Olympic Village, Vancouver
Known as the world’s largest touring production, Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. This larger-than-life show sends hearts racing, but it is also a feast for the eyes that succeeds in delivering the spectacular with soul. Audiences of all ages are rediscovering with emotions the century-old relationship between human and horse. As friends, partners and inseparable performers on stage, 70 horses and 45 artists lead the spectator on a great journey in a world of dreams where, together, they discover some of the planet’s most unforgettable landscapes.
Hamelin: A New Fable
Saturday, February 4th, 2 pm – 3 pm, Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Alas! Hamelin Town’s spoiled Mayor has no interest in its hard-working townsfolk. After he breaks another promise, 10-year-old twins Celeste and Ralph come up with a plan to teach him to keep his word. Enter a wandering musician, a magical flute, and of course, lots and lots of rats! This heart-tugging musical retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin features a cast of five performers, live music, mask work, and puppetry in Axis Theatre Company’s unique physical theatre style. For ages 5 and up.
Fam Jams with Will Stroet and DiANNA DAVID
Monday, February 13th, 10:30 am – 12 pm, Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Bring out the family to celebrate BC Family Day on February 13th with CBC Kids star WillStroet and movement storyteller, DiANNA DAVID. Will Stroet, the co-creator and star of the musical TV series Will’s Jams on CBC Kids and Kidoodle.TV, inspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world through high-energy and interactive music in English and French. Will and his Backyard Band will share favourites from Will’s Jams and his new album “Wordplay,” which will have kids chuckling and singing along. Movement storyteller DiANNA DAVID tells memorable stories through the fusion of clown, mime, urban dance, contact juggling, in visually-dynamic worlds created through shadow play and multimedia in her new School of MOVES show. Doors open at 10:15 AM with the show starting at 10:30 AM. Use the promo code “yoyomama” to receive 10% off! Regular tickets are $15 or $50 for a 4-pack. Babies 1 and under are free. Buy online at www.famjams.eventbrite.ca. Concert presented by the Jewish Community Centre of Great Vancouver & Pebble Star Productions.
Sunday, February 19th, 2 pm – 3 pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Make Sunday, February 19 an afternoon delight for the whole family with Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Brought to you by Pangburn Philosophy for one day only, Bubble Guppies will feature a wave of playful characters, energetic song, dance and theatrical magic that will have kids, parents and grandparents singing and dancing along with this rockin’ interactive show.
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in The Hat
February 25th – March 26th, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
The quintessential Seuss! Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat returns to the CTYP stage this spring. An extraordinary treat for the senses, the Cat and his hat leap off the pages of the beloved picture book with physical theatre, magic and movement that will delight young audiences and inspire a lifelong love and curiosity for theatre.
Festivals & Celebrations
7th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival
January 19th – February 14th, Various locations in Vancouver
The annual Hot Chocolate Festival is back for its seventh 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.
Saturday, February 4th, 10 am – 5 pm, Vanier Park, Vancouver
This February, bring your family down to Vanier Park for a day of music, science, history and art – plus, enjoy local food vendors, entertainment, and have the chance to win great prizes. For only $5.00, admission to the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives is included, plus you can watch performances from the Young Shakespeareans from Bard on the Beach, VAM students, Gamelan Bike Bike, and storytelling by VPL. New this year: play ball hockey in the Vancouver Archives parking lot, learn to fold origami and explore a giant wild migration map of Canada at MOV. Plus: Children 5 and under free! Purchase your ticket on the day of the event from MOV, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre or Vancouver Maritime Museum.
Talking Stick Festival
Thursday, February 16th – Sunday, February 26th, various venues in Vancouver
The annual Talking Stick Festival treats Vancouver to an 11-day, city-wide, one-of-a-kind celebration of Aboriginal performance and art. Turtle Island’s premiere multi-disciplinary Aboriginal arts festival is known for featuring both nationally and internationally acclaimed Aboriginal artists, as well as those on the rise. The 2017 festival will feature crowd favourites alongside fresh new programming. Don’t miss the ever-popular WaX Hoks En Shqulawin (Open Your Hearts) Opening Gala which kicks off the festivities and includes music, dancing, and feasting. The following 10 days are full of the best the Aboriginal arts have to offer, including contemporary Aboriginal dance, a celebration of powwow culture, the Aboriginal artisan fair, live theatre, performances for young audiences, slam poetry, and a visual arts exhibition. The festival also boasts eclectic musical acts and offers an assortment of workshops, artist talks, and panel discussions, as well as an industry series for arts professionals. Explore Aboriginal culture through the arts.
17th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Thursday, February 16th – Monday, March 13th, 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 2017 Festival will run from February 16 to March 13 at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and other venues in and around Vancouver.
Winterruption Festival on Granville Island
Friday, February 17th – Sunday, February 19th, Granville Island, Vancouver
From its location at the vibrant artistic centre of the City, Granville Island presents the 12th Winterruption Festival from February 17-19. This mid-winter celebration of Vancouver culture and arts features live music, theatre, dance and street performance plus visual art, film, crafts, family activities, and, of course, food! Stop by the new festival hub, where bands, mural-painting, pop-up dance performances, face-painting and other fun activities take over the big covered parking lot UTB (Under the Bridge). Visit a Fringe Festival show, a citizenship ceremony at the Arts Club, Afro Hair Savoie Fair at the Waterfront Studio, Coastal Jazz concerts at Performance Works – or just wander the Island. There’s something exciting around every corner – most of it free of charge.
Robson Square Ice Skating
Open December 1 – February 14th, 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!
Don’t forget to check out our list of 50 low-cost and free activities to do with you family this winter and our round-up of all the winter farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver.
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By: Michelle Hughes