Here comes the weekend and it’s jam-packed full of great stuff to do with the whole family. Go for a walk around the forest, check out a spring market (or two), or learn all about bears. There’s a fun family Star Wars party at the Space Centre, a Bobs & LoLo concert, and a Geocaching festival. Find out about the fascinating world of bees, learn how to make a collage, or snag a free comic book on Free Comic Book Day. 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.

Treehouse Storytime & Forest Walk
Friday, May 4th, 10 am – 2:30 pm, Redwood Park, 17900 20 Avenue, Surrey
Celebrate spring with a story in Redwood’s tree house followed by a guided exploration walk through the forest.

May the 4th Be With You: Family Night
Friday, May 4th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Join us for our first Family Night and enjoy the Space Centre after hours at this galaxy far, far away celebration “May the 4th Be With You”. Parents and kids are encouraged to come dressed as your favorite Rebel or Empire character. Enjoy a round of droid trivia, visit distant worlds beyond your imagination and make your own light saber. Vancouver’s 501st Legion Outer Rim Garrison will also be stopping by to hang out and take pictures.

Curious by Nature: Bears
Saturday, May 5th, 9:30 am – 11 am, Minnekhada Lodge, 4455 Oliver Road, Coquitlam
Curious about bears? Wondering how to share the park with them or how to avoid them? Ask a park interpreter at the pop-up displays.

Got Craft? Spring Edition
Saturday, May 5th – Sunday, May 6th, 10 am – 5 pm, Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver
Got Craft? is a curated boutique event created to showcase some of our favourite handmade designers. Shop for one of a kind goods, meet local makers, and talk about their creative processes. Join one of our D.I.Y. workshops and craft your own take home project!

Pull of the Net: A Multicultural Celebration
Saturday, May 5th, 10 am – 4 pm, Gulf oF Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, Richmond
Celebrate the diverse cultural communities that were connected through fishing on the west coast, at this annual family-friendly event. Admission is free. Enjoy the cultural displays and performances from a variety of multicultural community groups who have been historically involved in the building of our west coast fishing industry.

ArtStarts Explores: Collage
Saturday, May 5th, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Many people think that collage is easy, but like all art making, if you approach your process in a lazy way, your final product will certainly not look as good as it could. Join us this week as we explore what makes a bad collage, we talk about composition and we wield our scissors to make some magic!

26th Annual Fingerling Festival with Bobs & LoLo!
Saturday, May 5th, 11 am – 1 pm, Port Moody Recreation Complex, 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody
This iconic environmental festival, the largest of its kind in the Lower Mainland, provides an opportunity for children to help release thousands of young chum salmon into Noons Creek to help these fish begin their four-year journey at sea, and to visit the hatchery with its fish-rearing pond and restored wetland. The ever popular Bobs & Lolo will be back again this year to give performances at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm in the arena.

Cloudscape Comics – Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 5th, 11 am – 3 pm, Cloudscape HQ, Memorial South Park, 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver
Did you know the first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day? Every year Cloudscape gets involved with activities for the whole family, and this time at our own HQ, we will be: giving away certain of our graphic novels for free, having a sale of many of our other books, running an all-ages comic jam, providing colouring pages, and lots of other fun events!

BC CacheCon 2018
Sunday, May 6th, 9 am – 3:30 pm, Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
A FREE family fun day for everything Geocaching and outdoor exploration related! Run in partnership with British Columbia Geocaching Association (BCGA) and the Metro Vancouver Geocachers (MVG).

The Power of Pollinators
Sunday, May 6th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
They flit, they fly, and they feed the human race with their pursuit of nectar! Get to know the bees, birds, butterflies and other superstar pollinators that visit the flowers of springtime Stanley Park on this guided walk.

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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