Top 10 Kids’ Activities for Spring Break 2013 in Vancouver

spring break 2013 Vancouver activities for kids

Kids’ crafts at Arts Umbrella. Photo credit: Art Umbrella

Spring Break for kids in Vancouver schools runs from March 18 – 22, 2013 (though some schools are off before/after those dates).  Add weekends, district closure days and statutory holidays and many families are looking at a good two week stretch with the ankle biters hanging around the house.

Good thing Vancouver has tons of riveting, action-packed, craftacular fun for kids (and often the whole family) during the upcoming Spring Break.

From forensic day camps where kids solve crimes, to wildlife tracking, literary scavenger hunts, animation classes, roller coaster building, art tours and more, here are your options for Spring Break 2013 Vancouver activities.

Top 10 Vancouver Kids’ Activities for Spring Break 2013

1) Arts Umbrella Spring Break Camps, March 18-28; March 25-28
Budding artists bloom at Arts Umbrella, which gives kiddos a chance to explore the sheer joy of creating through a variety of art forms including drawing, painting, hip hop, dress-up drama, digital art, sculpture and more. There are two sessions: March 18-22 and March 25-28 running on Granville Island and in Surrey South.

2) The Secret World of Sharks and Rays at the Vancouver Aquarium, February 7 – April 30
Sharks! If your first reaction is “scary” that’s just because you haven’t met all 370 living species, particularly the finned folk cruising off the BC coast. You also get to hang out with their cousins – skates, rays, and ratfishes – at this ferociously fascinating new exhibit.

spring break 2013 Vancouver activities for kids

3) Invoking Venus: Feathers and Fashion + Weekend Schedule Every Day at Beaty Biodiversity Museum, March 16-31
Check out a cool exhibit showing how similar bird plumage and human fashion are when it comes to attracting mates. Kids will also enjoy the museum’s weekend schedule every day including scavenger hunts, crafts and other fun hands-on activities. (Closed Mondays)

4) Heist Spring Break Forensics Program at Vancouver Police Museum, March 19-21; March 26-28
Don your investigator cap and help the VPD solve a crime. This is the real deal. A painting has been stolen and the police need your help. The forensic fun includes clues, crime scene photography, footprint analysis and even ballistics.

5) Family Fuse Spring Break at the Vancouver Art Gallery, March 18-29
The Art Gallery is extending its weekly Family Art & Education Programs for the entire Spring Break. Drop by with the family daily from 12pm to 4pm for fun with Art Agents and hands-on workshops. Free for members or with gallery admission

6) Spring Break at Science World, March 16-April 1 (except when listed otherwise below)
A full schedule of activities including model train madness (2nd Floor Atrium, 10am–6pm), build-your own roller coaster workshops (Exploration Lab; moves to Dyson Innovation Lab March 18-22, 11am–5pm), bridge building and breaking (Bits and Bytes Lab, 11am–5pm), loom weaving (March 20–22 & 27-29, Nature Lab, 11am–5pm) visiting sea creatures (March 20, Travesía Gallery, 11am–4pm) and more.

 7) Spring Break Scavenger Hunt at Burnaby Village Museum, March 16-24
Heroes, villains and quirky scenes from children’s storybooks come to life through a riveting scavenger hunt, crafts and live performances. 12-4pm daily. Tickets are $6.50. Don’t forget to ride th eold fashioned carousel too. It’s a treat!

 8) Spring Break at Granville Island Kids Market, details coming soon
The Granville Island Kids’ Market is beloved by parents as the ultimate one-stop for good times. The spring break program will be announced shortly here. Usually it involves daily diversions including creative, quirky crafts and face painting.

 9) Spring Into Action at BC Sports Hall of Fame, all March
Wrangle some extra kiddos and book a tour/field trip to BC Sports Hall of Fame. After one hour of learning/looking at Olympic relics and Hall of Champions glory, kids get to go nuts in the wildly popular Participation Zone which boasts a track, a climbing wall, a place to have hockey shootouts, and more.

10) Spring Break Adventure Camps at Grouse Mountain, March 18-29
Join in a snow build, learn about tracking wildlife, meet the resident Barn Owl, Tyto and more at adventure Day Camps for ages 5 to 12.

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