10 Family-Friendly Things to do Outdoors in Vancouver This Spring Break

Children playing at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver

Kids playing at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver/ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Looking to keep the kids entertained this Spring Break? Plan an outdoor adventure that the whole family will enjoy. Here are our picks for the best Vancouver area family-friendly things to do outside this Spring Break. 

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10 Family-Friendly Things to do Outdoors in Vancouver This Spring Break

Top 5 “Hands-On” Vancouver Museums for Kids

Vancouver has a wealth of museums and galleries, but while any and all can appeal to a range of adults and older children—from art lovers to history buffs to true-crime fans—not all Vancouver museums are fun for younger kids, especially kids who aren’t old enough to “look but don’t touch.” For kids ten and under, being able to interact with the exhibits, to explore with their hands, to run around, is quintessential to their enjoyment of any given space. Luckily, Vancouver has several museums that offer exactly the kind of imaginative play that appeals to the youngest visitors.

Top 5 “Hands-On” Vancouver Museums for Kids

1. Science World British Columbia
One of the best indoor attractions in Vancouver for younger kids, Science World is chock full of interactive exhibits that help kids learn and explore the world of science; it’s also the only Vancouver museum with a designated play area for kids 1 – 3 years old (Kidspace). The featured exhibits—like this month’s Medieval Mayhem—always offer some type of interaction and the permanent Eureka! physics gallery is a veritable playground for all ages, where even the youngest tots can dance on keyboards, launch balls into the air, spin on turn tables, and play “invisible” harp strings.

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Top 5 “Hands-On” Vancouver Museums for Kids

Spring Break 2012 in Vancouver – Top 10 Kids’ Activities for Spring Break 2012

Kids at the Vancouver Aquarium

Spring Break for kids in Vancouver schools runs from March 19 – 23, 2012 (though some schools are off before/after those dates). Which means many parents will be scrambling to find fun activities to do with the kids—and get them out of the house!

Luckily, Vancouver has lots of options for Spring Break 2012 Activities, from climbing walls at the BC Sports Hall of Fame to outdoor ice skating (in March!) to CSI-style forensic day camps.

Top 10 Kids’ Activities for Spring Break 2012

1. Babies at the Vancouver AquariumMarch 9 – May 6, 2012
Everyone loves baby animals! The Aquarium’s newest spring exhibit—perfectly timed for Spring Break visits—lets you see live jellyfish babies, baby clown anemonefish and seahorses, and baby stingrays. There are also daily educational shows that explain how animals breed and care for their young, plus the film Happy Feet in 4-D. There are also March Day Camps at the Aquarium, too.

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Spring Break 2012 in Vancouver – Top 10 Kids’ Activities for Spring Break 2012

Spring Break 2011 at Granville Island & Vancouver Art Gallery

Weekly Family Programming at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Photo: VAG

Vancouver schools are out for a two-week spring break March 21 – April 3, 2011, and there are so many options for things to do during the break that when I compiled my list of the Top 10 Things to Do for Spring Break in Vancouver I missed events at two of Vancouver’s most iconic institutions: Granville Island and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Spring Break at Granville Island runs from March 19 – April 3 at Granville Island’s famous Kids Market. Inside the Market, kids of all ages can enjoy free potato arts and crafts from March 21 – April 3 and by donation face painting with “Beebop and Captain Bubbles” 12pm – 3pm daily from March 19 – April 3. Kids can also do ceramic and sand art Monday – Friday (schedule details here) for just $2 – $3.

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Spring Break 2011 at Granville Island & Vancouver Art Gallery

Top 10 Things to Do for Spring Break in Vancouver

Vancouver’s schools get out for a two-week spring break starting Monday, March 21, 2011, which means many families will be wondering what to do with the time. Never fear, though—if you’re in Vancouver for spring break, there are lots of fun, cheap, and educational things to do for just the kids or for the whole family.

1. Learn about Stanley Park’s biodiversity at the free Stanley Park Nature House.
2. Take a Shakespeare 101 acting workshop at Vancouver’s Place des Arts (for kids grade 6 – 8).
3. Go CSI at the Forensics for Kids workshops at the Vancouver Police Museum.
4. See the towering totems at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.
5. Spend the day in Steveston, strolling the waterfront and visiting the Gulf of Georgia Cannery salmon museum.

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Top 10 Things to Do for Spring Break in Vancouver

Top 5: Top 5 Spring Break Activities for Kids in Vancouver

Kids handle real underwater critters at the Vancouver Aquarium's Touch Pool Stations

Kids starting spring break this weekend? Don’t worry, there are tons of fun things to do around Vancouver that will make this spring break special for kids of all ages!

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Top 5: Top 5 Spring Break Activities for Kids in Vancouver