One of the best things about summer in Vancouver is the uptick in free things to do, from the free festivals this month that appeal to everyone (check out our list of 20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in June 2012) to free fun for families with kids (and the young at heart of all ages), including June’s Pacific Rim Kite Festival in Vanier Park, Coquitlam’s Teddy Bear Parade and free admission to the Burnaby Village Museum!
5 Free Things to Do with Kids in Vancouver in June 2012
1. Free Admission to the Burnaby Village Museum – May 5 – September 3, 2012
To celebrate the 100th birthday of their famous 1912 wooden carousel and their 1912 interurban tram, gate admission to the Burnaby Village Museum is free for the entire summer 2012 season! That means visitors can explore this outdoor 1920s village—home to a working blacksmith and lots of authentic 1920s shops—for free and pay just $2.30 per carousel ride!
2. Free Vancouver Water Parks for Kids – June 1 – September 3, 2012
Vancouver is home to two free water parks for kids—places where the kids can run in and out of water jets and slide down water slides—that are open for summer: the Granville Island Water Park on Granville Island and the Variety Kids Water Park in Stanley Park.
3. Free Drawing Workshops at the Vancouver Draw Down – June 9, 2012
Everyone—including kids—will love getting creative at this amazing art event: On June 9, 18 different arts and cultural organizations across Vancouver will host 27 diverse, hands-on drawing workshops in community centres, museums, art galleries and on the street! All workshops are free, though you will have to pay admission to the museums/art galleries. For a list of completely free Draw Down workshops—including those without admission costs—check here.
4. Pacific Rim Kite Festival in Vanier Park – June 9, 2012
Join the British Columbia Kitefliers Association for this kite-flying festival, which includes a Kids Kite Making Workshop, Teddy Bear & Candy Drops, Kite-Flying Demonstrations, and, of course, a chance to fly your own kite!
5. Coquitlam Grande Parade & Teddy Bear Picnic – June 10, 2012
In what may be the most adorable kids’ event of the summer, Coquitlam hosts a free Teddy Bear Parade—bring your own teddy bear to watch!—followed by a $3-per-person Teddy Bear Picnic.
Know more options for free kids’ events and activities in June? Please share in the comments!