Come on spring! We can’t wait for tulips, cherry blossoms, spring break, St. Patrick’s Day, and (hopefully) no more snow. But while we wait for spring, there are tons of great family-friendly events happening around Metro Vancouver to enjoy this month, like theatrical performances of The Cat in the Hat and Peter Pan. There’s a Bike Show, a Healthy Family Show, and a Gem and Mineral Show too. Enjoy music and culture at the Festival du Bois and welcome the beautiful cherry blossoms at the end of the month. Here’s hoping sunny spring days are in our near future! 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.
Plays & Shows
January 29th – March 12th, 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.
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.
Friday, March 3rd – Saturday, March 4th, 7 pm – 9 pm, Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
This magical story begins in the nursery of the Darling children, in London, England on a night like any other. Wendy, the eldest daughter of George and Mary Darling, loves fairy stories and especially the magical tale of Peter Pan—the boy who refuses to grow up. That night as she dreams, her sleep is disturbed by Peter Pan and Tinker Bell (a fairy) who arrive in the nursery. All is well until Tinker Bell—who was Peter’s BFF—becomes jealous of the attention Peter is paying to Wendy.
Busytown! The Musical
Saturday, March 4th, 2:30 pm & 6 pm, Sunday, March 5th, 11 am & 6 pm, Jules Verne Theatre, 5445 Baillie Street, Vancouver
Performing Stars Collective Society is proud to present Busytown – The Musical based on the book, What Do People Do All Day, by Richard Scarry. The best-selling book is being brought to life by 40 local young performers (ages 7-12) in a genuinely comical and a fun-for-the-whole-family production. Richard Scarry’s beloved characters come to life in this fun-filled musical adventure that the whole family will enjoy.
Markets & Expos
Bundled Bambino’s Boutique
Saturday, March 4th – Sunday, March 5th, 11 am – 4 pm, Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Langley
This is Utopia Marketplace’s first ever event tailored just for mamas and their littles! There will be items for moms, tots and everyone in between. From apparel to decor & accessories! There will be a couple princesses daily from 11-1. Face painting from 11-1. A Kids Kraft Korner on the stage ALL DAY for both events! Only $5 per craft! $2 entry.
Vancouver Bike Show
Saturday, March 4th – Sunday, March 5th, Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
C’s Ultimate Cycling Event to Kick off Your 2017 Riding Season! See the Best in Bikes, Accessories and Apparel. New Outdoor Demo Track! Cycle Stage Presentations. Meet Pro Riders. Awesome Interactive fun for the Kids!
Healthy Family Expo 2017
Sunday, March 26th, 9 am – 5 pm, Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Enjoy this fun-filled day for Metro Vancouver families showcasing small steps & simple solutions to eco-friendly, healthy, active living. Free child admission for kids aged 0-16 this year courtesy of Nudge! Tickets are $15 for adults, kids under 16 get in FREE. Only 100 VIP tickets on sale for skip the line access at the door & guaranteed gift bag, and buy your tickets early to enter to win a trampoline from Springfree Trampoline Vancouver! Tickets available online now at www.healthyfamilyexpo.com and at all Lower Mainland London Drugs stores starting March 1st, 2017.
Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show
Friday, March 24th – Sunday, March 26th, 12 pm – 5 pm, Pacific National Exhibition, 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
The fourth bi-annual Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show. Western Canada’s largest Gem show is featuring 70 of the best gem, mineral, and jewellery vendors from across Canada and abroad, bringing you unique gems, fine crystals, rare fossils, handmade jewellery, fancy beads and findings, lapidary art and more.
Festivals & Celebrations
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.
Festival du Bois
Friday, March 3rd, 7 pm – 10 pm, Saturday, March 4th, 11:30 am – 8:30 pm, Sunday, March 5th, 10 am – 4 pm, Markin Park, 1046 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Enjoy a world-caliber music festival with an entertaining and affordable family-friendly community celebration. Festival-goers can wander the expansive park-site to gain new insights in Maillardville and its history, watch ice carvers in action, participate in fun activities, shop, and indulge their taste buds with delicious tourtière, maple taffy on snow, homemade poutine and other fare. Keep checking the Festival du Bois website for more event details.
Friday, March 10th – Friday, March 17th, Vancouver
CelticFest Vancouver is Western Canada’s biggest annual Celtic festival! It’s a rich cultural celebration of the seven Celtic nations’ kinship and community. The festival showcases the best of Celtic music, dance, spoken word as well as film, food and fare and a fun-filled Celtic Village experience.
Pi Day 2017!
Tuesday, March 14th, 10 am – 5 pm, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
A celebration of math and Pi, with pie! Join in at the Space CEntre for special presentations about everyone’s favourite math constant on its special day: March 14 (3.14). There will be a Pi recitation contest and math activities from the UBC Math Department and Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
Cherry Blossom Festival – Cherry Jam Downtown Concert
Thursday, March 30th, 12 pm – 1:30 pm, Burrard Skytrain Station – indoor concourse, Vancouver
Featuring amazing local talent including Uzume Taiko, South Asian Arts, Lions Gate Sinfonia Brass Sextet and Son de Maple!
Cherry Blossom Festival – Spring Lights Illumination
Friday, March 31st – Saturday, April 1st, after sunset, Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver
Hfour will be illuminating Queen Elizabeth Park with vibrant projections and multicoloured lanterns. The illumination will be set up for unobstructed views ideal for photography and picnicking in the spring evening air under cherry blossoms! Best of all, it’ll be free! Spring Lights is an inter-arts collaboration and presentation of local artists using the transcendent experience of a cherry blossom backdrop to communicate themes of time, ephemerality, and beauty. The project runs for two evenings telling the story of Canada’s evolution as a cultural mosaic through digital media art, dance and music to be developed. Spring Lights celebrates Vancouver’s diverse ethnic communities and our historic, destination park – Queen Elizabeth Park. Like the pioneers before us, audiences will explore the exciting cherry blossom landscape and light, on their self-discovery of the history of Canadian culture.
Don’t forget to check out our list of awesome Spring Break activities in Metro Vancouver and our round-up of all the winter farmers’ markets in Metro Vancouver.
We hope this big giant list has inspired you and your family to get out and enjoy everything Metro Vancouver has to offer in March! For more great family fun:
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By: Michelle Hughes