Things To Do In Vancouver This Family Day Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Plan your upcomoing Friday through Monday with festivals, theatre, music, museum exploration, and more!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Family Day weekend!

2015 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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PuSh International Performing Arts Festival; January 20 – February 8 @ various venues across Metro Vancouver
Free and ticketed events
Over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking local, national and international work in the live performing arts – theatre, dance, music, and multimedia performance. Get your tickets from Tickets Tonight!

 

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Friday February 6th

 

UBC Opera - The Marriage of Figaro | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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UBC Opera Ensemble: The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro); 7:30PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$37; other pricing in effect
Figaro and Susanna are about to be married. They are servants of the Count and Countess Almaviva.  The Count has grown bored with his own marriage and looks to re-engage the act of “primae noctis”.  His plan is halted by clever manipulations by Susanna, Figaro and the Countess, and the Count’s love for his Countess is rekindled.  Much happens on a single crazy day.  Featuring the UBC Symphony Orchestra; on through February 8.

HR MacMillan Space Centre | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Ocean Cruising Adventures Speaker Series: First To Finish Without Really Trying; 7:30PM @ HR MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut St), Vanier Park, Vancouver
$15, full series pass $50; other pricing in effect
Anne Brevig, circumnavigator and author of 9 Years on the 7 Seas, has lined up another group of fascinating voyagers who will share their stories and photos. Today’s speaker: Peter Heiberg has raced 3 times to Hawaii; once with crew in the Pacific Cup and twice in the Single Handed Trans Pac Race. Learn how he challenged the Ocean Racing World on a tight budget.

5th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival; times vary @ locations all over Metro Vancouver
Pricing varies
Yes chocolate lovers, the festival is back for its fifth year! Featuring 20+ chocolate makers with even more crazy, wild, and delicious flavours. The festival runs until February 14, with some venues offering a different chocolate temptation every week. Tweet me photos of your favourites to be featured in next week’s listing! Check the website for the full calendar of deliciousness.

VSO - Tiny Tots Sailing The Musical Seas | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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VSO: Tiny Tots Sailing The Musical Seas; 10:00AM & 11:30AM @ Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St at Dunsmuir St), downtown Vancouver
$15; other pricing in effect
It’s time for a music adventure on the high seas to meet Presto the Porpoise, Largo the Tortoise and more!  Travel high & low and fast & slow, all accompanied by a Woodwind Trio.  Featuring children’s entertainers Lisa and Linda.  This show is based on the Parent’s Choice GOLD award-winning CD Symphony Shine Time.

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Vancouver Giants | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Giants & BMO Read To Succeed Night; 7:30PM @ Pacific Coliseum (100 N Renfrew St), Vancouver
$19.50; other pricing in effect
There will be students from various schools around the Lower Mainland at this game against the Red Deer Rebels.  For more info visit the website.

VSO: Love Will Keep us Together; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25-90; other pricing in effect
Love, music’s greatest inspiration!  Steven Reineke and the VSO explore beautiful love themes from across many eras and styles – including music by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini, Barry White, Barry Manilow, and more.  Alternate performance February 7.

Broadway Across Canada - Beauty And The Beast | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Broadway Across Canada: Beauty And The Beast; 7:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$51-115.20
Tale as old as time, true as it can be… Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to you!  Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide.  This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including Be Our Guest and the beloved title song.  Experience the romance and enchantment on through February 8. Get tickets at the Ticketmaster outlet at Tickets Tonight!

VTSL: 27th Annual Massacre and Festival; 7:30PM & 9:30PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island
$22-28; other pricing in effect
Witness history as Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s signature tournament and festival pits exceptional improv groups from around the world against each other in a battle for and inspired by your love. Your favourite teams from past years and hot groups new to this year will descend on Vancouver to see who the real TheatreSports™ champions.

 

 


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Saturday February 7th

 

 

4th Annual Winter Wander at Vanier Park | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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4th Annual Winter Wander at Vanier Park; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Vanier Park, Vancouver
$5 for admission into the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Museum of Vancouver, HR MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Academy of Music, City of Vancouver Archives, and the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.
Explore Vanier Park today for a day of music, history, science, and art!  Bring the family and check out the live performances by Vancouver Academy of Music students and Bard on the Beach’s Young Shakespeareans.  There will be face painting, complimentary beverages, and prizes to be won!  More info at the link.

VTSL: 27th Annual Massacre and Festival; 7:30PM & 9:30PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island
$22-28; other pricing in effect
Witness history as Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s signature tournament and festival pits exceptional improv groups from around the world against each other in a battle for and inspired by your love. Your favourite teams from past years and hot groups new to this year will descend on Vancouver to see who the real TheatreSports™ champions.

Broadway Across Canada - Beauty And The Beast | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Broadway Across Canada: Beauty And The Beast; 2:00PM & 7:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$51-115.20
Tale as old as time, true as it can be… Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to you!  Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide.  This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including Be Our Guest and the beloved title song.  Experience the romance and enchantment on through February 8. Get tickets at the Ticketmaster outlet at Tickets Tonight!

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Grouse Mountain - 24 Hours of Winter | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Grouse Mountain: 24 Hours of Winter; 9:00AM @ Grouse Mountain (6400 Nancy Greene Way), North Vancouver
$44.05; other pricing in effect
Celebrate on the slopes from sundown to sunrise!  Grouse Mountain once again open their doors for 24 consecutive hours of winter fun at the Peak of Vancouver.  Dance the night away under starry skies as DJs spin your favourite tracks until 4AM. Glide down The Cut while taking in a spectacular Vancouver sunrise or enjoy the non-stop family-friendly activities including ice skating, snowshoeing, ziplining, movies in the Theatre in the Sky… and more!  On through February 8 at 10PM.

BC Sports Hall of Fame: Red Mitten Weekend; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ BC Sports Hall of Fame, Gate A, BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates; free admission for kids under 12 with Red Mittens
Celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games!  Don your red mittens and check out the activities happening at the Hall of Fame all weekend long.  On through February 9; get exclusive priced tickets from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7:00PM @ Rogers Arena (800 Giffiths Way), downtown Vancouver
$97-336
Regular season scheduled game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

VSO Pop Series: Love Will Keep us Together; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25-90; other pricing in effect
Love, music’s greatest inspiration!  Steven Reineke and the VSO explore beautiful love themes from across many eras and styles – including music by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini, Barry White, Barry Manilow, and more.  Alternate performance February 6.

Roedde House | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Roedde House Museum: Stanley Park Postcard Secrets; 1:00PM-2:30PM @ Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay St), West End, downtown Vancouver
$10; limited seating, pre-registration required
An illustrated talk by Stanley Park History Group founder Jolene Cumming. Discover hidden stories about the Jewel of Vancouver’s fascinating past through Stanley Park historical postcards and over 60 rare photographs.  Visit the website for more info; call 604.684.7040 to pre-register.

Nat Bailey Winter Market (to April 25); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St), Vancouver
Free admission
Don’t miss out on winter produce and artisanal products at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets every Saturday for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring live entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

5th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival  | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

“Adults Only” at Diva At The Met – Photo Credit – Vikki Leung (twitter)

5th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival; times vary @ locations all over Metro Vancouver
Pricing varies
Yes chocolate lovers, the festival is back for its fifth year! Featuring 20+ chocolate makers with even more crazy, wild, and delicious flavours. The festival runs until February 14, with some venues offering a different chocolate temptation every week. Tweet me photos of your favourites to be featured in next week’s listing! Check the website for the full calendar of deliciousness.

6th Annual Waitangi Day; 11:00AM-late @ Blarney Stone (216 Carrall St), Gastown, downtown Vancouver
$10 cover
Waitangi Day is a time for expats, Caniwis and those with Kiwi links to come together and celebrate what it is to be a New Zealander, to enjoy some of the fine food and drink comforts of home, indulge in a yarn and raise some money for a cause that sits at the centre of NZ identity.  Click the link for more info on the day’s planned events.

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Vancouver Giants Super Bowl Party; 7:30PM @ Pacific Coliseum (100 N Renfrew St), Vancouver
Kick off Super Bowl weekend at the Coliseum with a Super Bowl Party at the game. There will be lots of family activities for football and non-football fans! The Giants hope to get another foot up in the BC Division as they take on the Blazers at the Coliseum. Emotions always run high during this match up, so it is sure to be a nail biter.

Vancouver Pro Musica: Microcosmos Quartet; 7:30PM @ Pyatt Hall (843 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$20, other pricing in effect; cash only at the door
Microcosmos Quartet was formed in Vancouver, BC in the spring of 2010 and performs the rich repertoire of string quartets written in the past 100 years.  This concert featurs musical works by British Columbia composers.  Click the link to see the full programme.

Build A LEGO® Collage | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Build A LEGO® Collage; 1:00PM-5:00PM @ Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre (180 W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$12.50 individual registration, $50 group registration for 4
Form a team of 4 with your family and friends to generate ideas and tell your story with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® to start an anti-bullying movement.  Ticket includes light refreshments, LEGO® materials to build with, and your very own LEGO® hero keychain to keep and take home.

UBC Opera Ensemble: The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro); 7:30PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$37; other pricing in effect
Figaro and Susanna are about to be married. They are servants of the Count and Countess Almaviva.  The Count has grown bored with his own marriage and looks to re-engage the act of “primae noctis”.  His plan is halted by clever manipulations by Susanna, Figaro and the Countess, and the Count’s love for his Countess is rekindled.  Much happens on a single crazy day.  Featuring the UBC Symphony Orchestra; on through February 8.

 

 

 


 

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Sunday February 8th

 

Grouse Mountain - 24 Hours of Winter | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Grouse Mountain: 24 Hours of Winter; 9:00AM @ Grouse Mountain (6400 Nancy Greene Way), North Vancouver
$44.05; other pricing in effect
Celebrate on the slopes from sundown to sunrise!  Grouse Mountain once again open their doors for 24 consecutive hours of winter fun at the Peak of Vancouver.  Dance the night away under starry skies as DJs spin your favourite tracks until 4AM. Glide down The Cut while taking in a spectacular Vancouver sunrise or enjoy the non-stop family-friendly activities including ice skating, snowshoeing, ziplining, movies in the Theatre in the Sky… and more!  On from February 7 at 9AM til tonight at 10PM.

BC Sports Hall of Fame: Red Mitten Weekend; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ BC Sports Hall of Fame, Gate A, BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates; free admission for kids under 12 with Red Mittens
Celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games!  Don your red mittens and check out the activities happening at the Hall of Fame all weekend long.  On through February 9; get exclusive priced tickets from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

Broadway Across Canada - Beauty And The Beast | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Broadway Across Canada: Beauty And The Beast; 1:00PM & 6:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$51-115.20
Tale as old as time, true as it can be… Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to you!  Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide.  This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including Be Our Guest and the beloved title song.  Experience the romance and enchantment on through February 8. Get tickets at the Ticketmaster outlet at Tickets Tonight!

VSO: Platypus Theatre – Latin Beats, Heroic Feats!; 2:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$28; other pricing in effect
After an unsuccessful attempt to impress his friends with his musical talents, young Max unrolls an ancient scroll and is sent tumbling through time to a distant and vibrant Latin American world where an evil force is sewing discord and disharmony.  With the help of the audience and the orchestra, Max must unravel the mystery and collect the musical cues that will bring the people together in song.

Stanley Park Ecology Society‎ - Coyote City | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Coyote City; 3:30PM-5:30PM @ Stanley Park Nature House (at the viewing plaza, corner of Chilco St at Alberni St), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$10; other pricing in effect
Who is the new dog on the block?  Coyotes have only been in the region for less than 50 years.  With plenty of rodents to eat and places to build dens, the urban environment is a perfect habitat.  Learn more about our wily neighbours and how to coexist with these wild urban animals on this special evening walk.

5th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival; times vary @ locations all over Metro Vancouver
Pricing varies
Yes fellow chocolate lovers, the festival is back! Featuring 20+ chocolate makers with even more crazy, wild, and delicious flavours. The festival runs until February 14, with some venues offering a different chocolate temptation every week. Tweet me photos of your favourites to be featured in next week’s listing! Check the website for the full calendar of deliciousness.

Second Sunday Series - Rising Stars - Roedde House Museum | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Second Sunday Concert Series: Music for the Court of Louis XIII; tea and tour at 1:00PM, concert at 3:00PM @ Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay St), West End, downtown Vancouver
$15; other pricing in effect
Step into Reodde House’s quaint Victorian parlour for a concert bringing French music of the 1600’s to life.  This program contains an assortment of short, popular airs de cour arranged into a fluid structure, where improvisational lute solos link the airs together to create larger groupings as a “ballet de cour” of sorts.  Imagine yourself in the setting of the royal court as you listen to the popular French music of the 1600’s!

UBC Opera Ensemble: The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro); 7:30PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$37; other pricing in effect
Figaro and Susanna are about to be married. They are servants of the Count and Countess Almaviva.  The Count has grown bored with his own marriage and looks to re-engage the act of “primae noctis”.  His plan is halted by clever manipulations by Susanna, Figaro and the Countess, and the Count’s love for his Countess is rekindled.  Much happens on a single crazy day.  Featuring the UBC Symphony Orchestra; on through February 8.

Orchid Ensemble - From A Dream | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Orchid Ensemble: From A Dream; 2:00PM @ Pyatt Hall (843 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$20; other pricing in effect
The JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble produces From A Dream for an early celebration of the 2015 Chinese New Year, with an eclectic program of both new and past commissions from Canadian composers, as well as unique interpretation of traditional Chinese music.  Written for its unique instrumentation of the erhu/Chinese violin, voice, zheng/Chinese zither, and a wide array of percussion instruments, these pieces represent the vast range of styles in the ensemble’s repertoire, displaying the maturity of an ensemble of 18 years.

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-9:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

UBC Museum of Anthropology | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Family Day at MOA; 2:00PM-4:00PM @ Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Dr), Vancouver
Regular admission rates, other pricing in effect; pre-registration required
Celebrate Family Day at MOA . Check out the new show, c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, then join MOA staff for an afternoon of hands-on activities relating to the exhibit.  Try your hand at weaving, identify important plants, and interact with archaeological materials from c̓əsnaʔəm, an ancestral Musqueam village. Click the link for more info.

Port Moody Winter Farmers Market (until April 26); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd), Port Moody
Free admission
Don’t miss out on winter produce and artisanal products at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets on Sundays for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

 

 


 

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Monday February 9th (BC Family Day)

 

 

Vancouver Giants | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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3rd Annual Vancouver Giants TELUS Family Day; 2:00PM @ Pacific Coliseum (100 N Renfrew St), Vancouver
$19.50+
Bring out the whole crew for the annual Family Day festivities and game day fun in the East Side Fan Zone!  During the game against the Seattle Thunderbirds, there will be fun activities for families around the concourse, a face painter, clowns, and more.  Post-game in the East Side Fan Zone, the Giants will be interacting with fans for a street hockey game, autograph signing, post-game skate, and more.  Seats for the game are filling up fast, book your tickets ASAP!

Nature Fun By The Fire; 1:00PM-4:00PM @ Pacific Spirit Regional Park (4915 W 16th Ave), Point Grey, Vancouver
Hear wildlife stories and songs, and roast marshmallows at a toasty campfire.  Learn tips from the animal world on how to thrive during a West Coast Winter.

BC Sports Hall of Fame: Red Mitten Weekend; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ BC Sports Hall of Fame, Gate A, BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates; free admission for kids under 12 with Red Mittens
Celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games!  Don your red mittens and check out the activities happening at the Hall of Fame all weekend long.  On through February 9; get exclusive priced tickets from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

7th Annual Children's Arts Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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7th Annual Children’s Arts Festival; times vary @ Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate), Richmond
$5-15
Each year, the City of Richmond and the B.C. Children’s Art and Literacy Centre encourage children and their families to spark their imagination through music, visual, literary, and performing arts led by professional artists.  Thw festival transforms the RCC into a vibrant, colorful atmosphere with interactive workshops, activities and events tailored for children ages 3-12.  On through February 13.  Check the website for the full scheduled!

Wild Families; 12:00PM-3:00PM @ Nature House at Burnaby Lake Regional Park (4519 Piper Ave), Burnaby
Free admission
Celebrate Family Day by checking out wild families.  Which animals mate for life, which ones make summer commitments, and which animals have a single mom or dad as a parent?  Find out at the Burnaby Lake Nature House!

 

 


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  1. I just found out today that 24 Hours or Winter on Grouse Mountain has been postponed due to the poor weather.