This weekend is packed full of awesome family-friendly activities. There’s tons of fun stuff going on to celebrate Dad’s, so make sure you check out our round-up of Father’s Day activities in Metro Vancouver. For even more family fun, head to a Tiny Tots concert, a Bobs & Lolo concert, or a Will Stroet Concert. There are fishing derbies, children’s festivals, and a fun chalk art experience in Burnaby. Learn about amphibians, make a scrambled art piece, or celebrate the start of summer at a family-friendly festival. 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.
We’ve listed even more fun events on our June Events round-up, so make sure to check that out too.
VSO Tiny Tots: Splish Splash Over the Ocean!
Friday, June 15th, 10 am & 11:30 am, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Saturday, June 16th, 10 am & 11:30 am, Anvil Theatre, 777 Columbia St, New Westminster
Yo Ho! Yo Ho! Sail along with “Presto the Porpoise” and “Largo the Tortoise” in this playful sea-adventure favorite. Accompanied by the sounds of a woodwind trio. Tiny Tots is a four-concert series for children up to 5 years of age, focusing on early childhood development through enjoyable and entertaining music education. This series features professional music educators and musicians, Let Your Music Shine! with Lisa & Linda, in their own musical presentation for kids.
ArtStarts Explores: Scramble
Saturday, June 16th, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
How can we take what we know and it familiar and scramble it together to make something new? It can feel hard to scramble up things that have been made before. Come to Explores to challenge yourself in scrambling together ideas, images, movement, and more!
Burnaby Chalk Art Experience with Bobs & Lolo
Saturday, June 16th, 11 am – 5 pm, Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby
Dive into the world of chalk art! Watch local and international street painters create masterful chalk art as they transform the pavement into a colourful gallery surrounded by live music, food trucks, face painting and more!
5th Annual Driediger Farms Summer Festival
Saturday, June 16th, 10 am – 2 pm, Driediger Farms, 23823 – 72nd Avenue, Langley
It’s time for the 5th Annual Driediger Farms Summer Festival – a Celebration of Family, Food and Fun! Attendance is by donation with proceeds going towards Langley breakfast programs.
Wonderful Water Creatures
Saturday, June 16th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Campbell Valley Regional Park, 20285 8th Avenue, Langley
Take a close look at the fantastic underwater realm of invertebrates and microbes in a pond and under a microscope.
Queensborough Children’s Festival
Saturday, June 16th, 11 am – 2 pm, Ryall Park, 920 Ewen Avenue, New Westminster
Queensborough Children’s Festival is a fun-filled family event celebrating children of all ages! The event features interactive play, live entertainment, crafts, food and more! This event runs rain or shine.
Children’s Fest & Will Stroet – Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver
Saturday, June 16th, 12 pm – 4 pm, CSF Stage – Studio 16, 1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
On June 16th, it’s the children’s fest! From noon to 4 pm various free activities will take place (face painting, art, and crafts, clowns, and more) and there will be food trucks! Will Stroet will perform twice on the CSF Stage in the Studio 16: 1 pm: 0 – 5 years old, 3 pm: 5 – 10 years old. Star of the TV series Will’s Jams on CBC Kids, he inspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world through educational music in English and French. PRICE: 5$ per person
Lafarge Lake Annual Free Fishing Day
Sunday, June 17th, 9 am – 1 pm, Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam
Come to Lafarge Lake for a free family-friendly day of fishy fun and prizes during BC’s free fishing weekend – when anglers can fish BC’s waters without a licence. The Lake is stocked for the day and volunteers are available to teach fishing techniques. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC will be stocking the lake with rainbow trout in the morning, kids are welcome to assist the hatchery staff during the stocking. There will be a netted area for new fishermen who have no experiences in catching trout. Experts will be on site to teach participants new techniques on catching rainbow trout. Other activities include fly tying, casting lessons and salmon raffle. Some fantastic prizes will be given away at the end of the event.
Sunday, June 17th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Kanaka Creek Regional Park, 11450 256th Street, Maple Ridge
Did you know that our Pacific tree frog’s call is the nighttime sound of Hollywood movies? This is one of many interesting facts you will learn about our frogs, toads, salamanders, and newts. Grownups can revisit their childhood during this workshop as we look for and identify frogs and tadpoles in the Stewardship Centre ponds.
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