5 Free Things to Do with Kids in Vancouver in June

Coquitlam's Teddy Bear Parade. Photo: Festival Coquitlam

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 MuseumMay 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!

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5 Free Things to Do with Kids in Vancouver in June

Summer Night Market in Richmond Opens May 11, 2012

Summer Night Market in Richmond. Photo: Dana Lynch

Like practically everyone else in the Lower Mainland, I love our summer night market tradition: eating Pork Sui Mai with toothpicks, sharing twirled “Hurricane” potatoes, browsing cheap sunglasses after dark…. I love the intimacy and neighbourhood-feel of the Chinatown Night Market (opening for Summer 2012 on May 18) and I love the carnival-like, night-bazaar atmosphere and incredible selection of food at the enormous Summer Night Market in Richmond.

But this year, the massive Summer Night Market—the night market that’s been at 12631 Vulcan Way since 2008—will have some major competition: the “original” Richmond Night Market is re-opening on May 18 (at 8351 River Rd., near the River Rock Casino), and will have just as many vendors as the Summer Night Market.

Maybe that’s why the Summer Night Market is opening today, May 11—to get a jump on the competition!

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Summer Night Market in Richmond Opens May 11, 2012

Playland Vancouver Opens April 28, 2012

Playland Vancouver. Photo credit: Remy Scalza

It may seem hard to believe, but summer can’t be too far off when Playland, one of Vancouver’s biggest summer traditions, kicks off its 2012 season this Saturday, April 28.

The Playland Amusement Park at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is one attraction that’s fun for all ages, from the littlest kids to full grown adults. Packed with rides—including the 218-feet-high AtmosFEAR, which debuted in summer 2011, and the famous/infamous Wooden Roller Coaster—as well as Midway games, fairground food, arcades, sports, and the Haunted Mansion, Playland truly has something for everyone. (Plus what better way is there to spend a sunny Saturday than riding the Playland Westcoast Wheel and munching on mini donuts?)

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Playland Vancouver Opens April 28, 2012

10 “Must Do” Summer Activities for Labour Day Weekend 2011

Beaches, water parks, outdoor concerts, summer night markets–Have you “done” everything on your summer-in-Vancouver to-do list?

Labour Day (September 5) is the traditional end-of-summer, which means the long Labour Day Weekend is the perfect opportunity—and, in some cases, last chance—to do those quintessential Vancouver summer activities we all love—and might not get a chance to do again until next year.

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10 “Must Do” Summer Activities for Labour Day Weekend 2011

TaiwanFest 2011 & Vancouver’s First-Ever Street Banquet

Vancouver TaiwanFest. Photo: TaiwanFest.ca

The 2011 TELUS TaiwanFest returns to Vancouver Labour Day weekend with loads of free fun for the whole family.

A cultural celebration of all things Taiwanese, TaiwanFest aims to burst stereotypes by showcasing the rich diversity in both modern and traditional Taiwanese music, dance, film, food, and arts. This year’s festival includes fusion concerts, Techno Prince dance, Taiwanese Aboriginal artisans, inspiring documentaries, fabulous culinary shows, games for all ages, Chef Hung’s “best beef noodle on earth,” and Vancouver’s first-ever street banquet in honour of Vancouver’s 125th birthday.

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TaiwanFest 2011 & Vancouver’s First-Ever Street Banquet