5 Fun and (almost) Free Things to do this Family Day Weekend in Vancouver

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It’s hard to believe now, but when it was first introduced, Family Day was considered controversial. Many were against the idea of introducing a new holiday and called it a “frill” and “extravagant waste.” Nearly three decades later, Family Day is now celebrated across many provinces in Canada. This year, Family Day is celebrated in BC on Monday, February 18, 2019.

For most, Family Day is the perfect time for people to take a much-needed break and enjoy each other’s company over a long weekend. Luckily, there’s a lot to choose from when it comes to celebrating this special day in Vancouver.

Here’s a look at some of the free and (almost) free activities you can enjoy this Family Day long weekend in Vancouver:

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5 Fun and (almost) Free Things to do this Family Day Weekend in Vancouver

5 Family-Friendly NYE Activities in Vancouver to Ring in 2019!

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Now that Christmas is officially over, the question on everyone’s mind is “what are you doing for New Years Eve?” For many, a relaxing evening in with Netflix is good enough, for some – a raging party at a night club.

For those with kids, finding a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year can be a task. Spend it indoors? Celebrate early?

If you’re looking for some special ideas on how to celebrate the fast approaching 2019, check out the list below for some early celebrations (for the kids – and, let’s face it… for you too), fun ways to pass the time until midnight strikes, and lots of cool activities for kids and kids at heart…

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5 Family-Friendly NYE Activities in Vancouver to Ring in 2019!

Escape into a tropical holiday experience at the Bloedel Conservatory

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If the cold, wet weather is getting you down this December – why not take a tropical vacation right in the heart of the city?

The Bloedel Conservatory, a popular and family-friendly attraction perched at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park lets you experience the dazzling colours and sweet scents of the tropics year round!

If you’ve always wanted to spend the holiday season in a warmer climate, the Bloedel Conservatory is hosting its annual Holiday Heights event!

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Escape into a tropical holiday experience at the Bloedel Conservatory

Celebrate the end of December darkness at the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, Dec 21

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On these rainy, cold and dark days, it seems like the darkness will never end. We wake up in the dark and leave work or school in the dark. It’s no coincidence, the days have been growing shorter until December 21, the shortest day of the year.

If all that darkness is starting to get you down, the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival is a warm, glowing light at the end of this seemingly endless dark tunnel. This unique event, coinciding with the shortest day of the year on December 21st, celebrates the return of light and warmth as we move away from darkness and towards the brighter days of spring.

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Celebrate the end of December darkness at the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, Dec 21

Lights at Lafarge the Free, Outdoor Winter Light Display is Back for another Dazzling Season

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If you’ve already checked out Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge and you’ve got a craving for more fabulous light displays, Lafarge Lake in nearby Coquitlam is not going to disappoint. With these long, dark evenings of winter we need all the help we can get to make the nighttime shine!

Billed as Metro Vancouver’s largest, free outdoor light display, Lights at Lafarge is made up of hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, will wrap itself entirely around the lake, taking you on a 1.2-kilometre loop. The lights are set up outside, so make sure to dress for the weather!

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Lights at Lafarge the Free, Outdoor Winter Light Display is Back for another Dazzling Season

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade is coming to downtown this Dec 2, 2018!

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The big man is coming to downtown Vancouver on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, be sure to get some quality time in with Santa at the 15th annual Vancouver Santa Claus Parade!

The annual parade and food drive, which grows bigger each year, typically attracts around 300,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver for a full day of holiday festivities, including the signature parade that travels through the heart of the city.

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Vancouver Santa Claus Parade is coming to downtown this Dec 2, 2018!

Preschoolers will get a kick out of meeting Daniel Tiger and Gumboot Kids’ Jessie Farrell

Jessie Farrell. Anick Violette photo.

A hit at home in Canada, Scout & The Gumboot Kids is also picking up accolades from all over the world. The Vancouver-created kids’ TV series has been recognized by the prestigious Le Prix Jeunesse International in Munich and The Japan Prize.

One of the ingredients of the show’s success is the music of Jessie Farrell. A Canadian country music artist, Farrell has lately been turning her attention to kids music inspired by her two children. She has released three albums of family-friendly music, and her songs are featured on Scout & The Gumboot Kids. She also stars in her own spinoff series, Jessie & The Gumboot Kids, on CBC Kids.

Later this month, Farrell will be part of The Gumboot Kids Live Show in Vancouver. Along with characters from CBC Kids TV shows, she’ll perform at Highlands Elementary School (3150 Colwood Drive) in North Vancouver on Oct. 27 and West Pt. Grey Community Hall (4595 West 8th Ave.) in Vancouver on Oct. 28. Read more below.

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Preschoolers will get a kick out of meeting Daniel Tiger and Gumboot Kids’ Jessie Farrell