What to Do with the Whole Family at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2017

Queer Film Festival Chosen Family Picnic | Image via queerfilmfestival.ca

By Casey Stepaniuk

You might not think of a film festival immediately when you’re brainstorming family and kid-friendly activities in Vancouver this summer, but I’m here to tell you not to discount Out On Screen’s Vancouver Queer Film Festival. The Festival runs for ten days in August—August 10th until August 20th—and has a plethora of activities including but not limited to movies the whole family and people of all ages can enjoy.

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What to Do with the Whole Family at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2017

Kids In Vancouver: Soak Up The Scenery At The Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market | Photo: Vancouver's North Shore

Shipyards Night Market | Photo: Vancouver’s North Shore

The Lonsdale Quay on Vancouver’s North Shore is a great place to spend a warm Spring day shopping, playing and dining with kids, but the fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets.

Beginning on May 6th, the neighbouring Shipyards Night Market will be open to visitors – accessible every Friday night from 5pm to 10pm. Entering its fifth year, the night market on The Shore has exploded as one of the top, can’t-miss outdoor events in the city – and it’s not just popular for its beer gardens.

Here are 5 reasons why the North Vancouver Shipyards Night Market is the perfect spot for soaking up the scenery with family on Friday nights.

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5 Can’t-Miss Halloween Activities for Kids in Vancouver

Photo credit: John Bolwitt | Flickr

Photo credit: John Bolwitt | Flickr

Vancouver offers up no shortage of Halloween thrills and chills – from a haunted amusement park to trolley tours of downtown’s most macabre sites and even interactive zombie hunting. The challenge is finding Halloween fun without all the ghouls and gore – activities fit for kids and scaredy cats alike.

These five activities are certified family-friendly and should offer up some innocent good fun this Halloween:

Take a ride on the Stanley Park Ghost TrainA Vancouver classic, the “ghost train” runs on Stanley Park’s miniature rail line. The 14-minute excursion takes riders deep into the 1,000-acre park after dark, where classic horror movie monsters await, from Dracula to Frankenstein. Friday through Sunday special matinee trains also run during the afternoons. Stanley Park Ghost Train; Oct. 9-Nov. 1; $8 for kids 3-17, $11 for adults

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Things to do at Fort Langley this spring

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Over a century and a half ago, a fur trade organization called the Hudson’s Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast. The enterprise grew, evolved, and influenced history, leading to the creation of the colony of British Columbia. The location of that original trading post is now known as the Fort Langley National Historic Site.

Taking advantage of history, Fort Langley NHS now boasts numerous family-friendly activities. Here’s a rundown of some of the activities offered at Fort Langley.

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Things to do at Fort Langley this spring

New Evening Campfires and More at Fort Langley National Historic Site

photo: oTENTik at Fort Langley NHS

photo: oTENTik at Fort Langley NHS

Fort Langley is the exact location where, a century and a half ago, a huge fur trade organization called the Hudson’s Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast. The enterprise grew, evolved, and influenced history, leading to the creation of the colony of British Columbia.
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New Evening Campfires and More at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Free Sunday Admission for Kids at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Photo credit: JMV | Flickr

Photo credit: JMV | Flickr

In 2014, families with young children will have more reason than ever to visit the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Starting Jan. 5, the gallery – Western Canada’s largest art museum – is offering free admission every Sunday for kids 12 and under.

That means free access to more than 10,000 works of art spanning several centuries, from masterpieces by Canada’s Group of Seven landscape painters to contemporary photography and an extensive collection of paintings by British Columbia’s own Emily Carr.

The offer complements the gallery’s existing Weekly Family Programs, a series of child-friendly tours and hands-on sessions held each Sunday.   Continue reading:
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Got $6.50? Sick of Winter? Take a trip to the tropics, without leaving Vancouver

Photo credit: karen_neoh | Flickr

Photo credit: karen_neoh | Flickr

Ready to escape winter, already?

After a mild fall, cold weather has arrived in Vancouver.  The North Shore ski mountains are open, there’s frost on the sidewalks in the morning and the scarves and parkas have come out of the closet.

If a tropical vacation for the holidays isn’t in the picture, consider another option: Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.  Housed in an enormous 21-metre high geodesic dome, the conservatory is a little bit of the tropics – complete with birds and exotic plants – plopped down in the middle of Vancouver.

Enter through the sliding doors and you’re greeted with a rush of warm, humid air and the smells of the forest.   Continue reading:
Got $6.50? Sick of Winter? Take a trip to the tropics, without leaving Vancouver