Family-Friendly Weekend Events in Metro Vancouver

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It seems spring has sprung — there are a ton of outdoor and flower-related events happening this weekend all over Metro Vancouver. You and your family can enjoy a flower show (celebrating its 90th year), learn how to weave a basket with invasive plants, or take part in an art program all about memories. On Saturday there’s a huge party for Earth Day with tons of awesome musical performances. Plus there are craft fairs, farmers’ markets, and swap meets. And, Sunday marks the start of Environmental Extravaganza, a 5-week event in Surrey focusing on fun outdoor activities. And that’s just the start — we’ve highlighted a few events here, but make sure you check out our interactive event listings guide for even more great fun stuff to do. You are bound to find something fantastic to make a memorable weekend with your favourite people!

90th Annual Bradner Flower Show
Friday, April 13th – Sunday, April 15th, 10 am – 5 pm, Bradner Hall, 5305 Bradner Road, Abbotsford
Who would have guessed that when Fenwick Fatkin started this much anticipated annual event as a parlor show in 1928 that we would still be carrying on 90 years later? We are planning a special celebration with many surprises to commemorate this extraordinary occasion. Join us April 13,14 & 15th 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm daily at Bradner Hall & School, 5305 Bradner Rd, Abbotsford. Fun for ALL AGES, Admission is still only $2. Opening Ceremony, Friday @ 1 pm with the Bradner Elementary Hand Bell Choir, followed at 2 pm with special guest BRIAN MINTER, who will be on hand afterward to answer all of your gardening questions. Decorating for this year’s show will be done by the talented and creative floral designers from Simply Perfect Flowers.

J.G. Diefenbaker Elementary Spring Craft Fair
Saturday, April 14th, 10 am – 3 pm, J.G. Diefenbaker Elementary, 4511 Hermitage Drive, Richmond
3rd Annual Diefenbaker Elementary Spring Fair hosted by the Parent Advisory Council. Over 25 vendors selling handmade goods, local businesses; cake walk, concessions, a raffle with fabulous prizes, silent auction, kids carnival games, and balloon artist! Admission is free- great for all ages! Kids can play while mom shops.

Kid’s Stuff Swap Meet at Killarney Community Centre
Saturday, April 14th, 10 am – 3 pm, Killarney Community Centre, 6260 Killarney Street, Vancouver
Get started on your Spring Cleaning! Don’t miss this opportunity to buy and sell baby and kids clothing, toys and sports equipment.There are 70 tables available for sale. Admission to the event is FREE! 10am – 3pm Saturday April 14th.

Party for the Planet
Saturday, April 14th, 10 am – 6 pm, Surrey Civic Plaza, 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
The City of Surrey will host its eighth annual Party for the Planet—BC’s largest Earth Day celebration—at Surrey Civic Plaza on Saturday, April 14 from 10am–6pm. The Surrey signature event will feature an intimate matinee headline performance by Canadian rock singer-songwriter and five-time JUNO award winner Sam Roberts at 3:15pm. Presented by TD, this year’s free festival will also include multiple performances by Vancouver-based children’s musical duo Bobs & Lolo. Additional entertainers include Vancouver’s up and coming pop and R&B group Star Captains, DJ and production group The Freshest, children’s entertainers Rockin’ Robin, the Colin Bullock Duo and the Smile Band.

Weaving With Invasive Species – ages 14+
Saturday, April 14th, 10 am – 1 pm, Coquitlam Heritage, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Put some of those invasive plants and garden clippings to good use — turn them into baskets! We’ll cover the basics of twining, one of the most fundamental techniques practiced by BC First Nations and settlers, and make small baskets to take home. We’ll also discuss how to tell if a plant is useful for weaving, how and when to harvest, and how to process and store your weaving materials. You’ll leave with a whole new appreciation for both the basketry skills of our ancestors, and the generosity of our local weeds. Ages 14+.

ArtStarts Explores: Memory
Saturday, April 14th, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Since ArtStarts Explores workshops are all about process-based exploration, we’re going to focus on ways you can be mindful while being creative to help make wonderful memories! Today’s class is all about how to make memories and help record them so we don’t need to carry them all around with us all the time.

The Big Picnic
Saturday, April 14th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Queen Elizabeth Park, W 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
The Festival was inspired by the long-time Japanese cultural tradition of Hanami, which literally translates to “flower (hana-) viewing (mi)”. We wish to share this experience with everyone under Queen Elizabeth Park’s iconic cherry blossom canopy. We invite you to bring your friends and families and come celebrate with us at our second annual Big Picnic! Bring your picnic mat, or purchase one of the Festival’s interconnecting Petal Mats, prepare a picnic basket, and get ready to have lots of fun and meet new friends! We have family-friendly activities planned including face-painting, walking meditation, life-size jenga and connect four and performances by local artists! YYoga is offering a free 45-minute yoga class – spots are first come first serve and you need to bring your own mat! The Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services will also be coming with a fire truck for a fun family photo-op!

PoCo’s Got Talent – A Variety Show for All Ages
Saturday, April 14th, 2 pm – 4 pm, Wilson Centre, 2150 Wilson Avenue, Port Coquitlam
Come see some terrific local talent during the Wilson Centre’s inaugural “PoCo’s Got Talent” showcase event. Local entertainer, Toshi Jackson, has put together this two hour variety show featuring all ages acts, including: musicians, singers, dancers and performers. Held in the Wilson Centre Main Lounge at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex, the intent of this event is to highlight local talent while reminding the community the Wilson Centre is still “Open for Business.”

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Blackie Spit
Sunday, April 15th, 10 am – 12 pm, Blackie Spit Park, 3136 McBride Avenue, Surrey
Help clean up the shoreline of this important and environmentally sensitive bird habitat. Tools and refreshments provided. Please dress for the weather, wear rain boots, and bring gloves if you have them. Pre-registration required; email: mshiker4@gmail.com

Afternoon Tea for Kids – LEGO Theme!
Sunday, April 15th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, West Point Grey Community Centre, 4397 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when you work as a team. Everything is cool when you are living your dreams! And that’s exactly what we hope you think about this at this Lego themed afternoon tea. Some special guests may be on site and building will definitely be a part of the afternoon. All ages welcome but activities will be geared for children 3 and up. Register now as the teas are very popular and sell out fast. All children must be accompanied by a paid adult.

If you’ve got an event you think we should know about please send us all the details! Looking for your event to be featured? Email us for more information.

And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!

By: Michelle Hughes

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