family-friendly events in vancouver november 15-18

Family-Friendly Weekend Events in Metro Vancouver

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This weekend, you and your family can explore the colour red, create art with photo transfers, or watch the classic 90’s film, Space Jam. There’s a kids and baby show (complete with a concert from Will Stroet), a bald eagle festival, and a sensory-friendly morning at Science World. There are tons of festive holiday events happening around town too – like Light The Village at Park Royal, Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital, and tons of holiday markets and craft fairs too. For more ideas on festive family fun, check out our round-up of awesome holiday fun in Metro Vancouver.


Featured Event: Light up The Holiday Season with Park Royal
Light Up The Village – Friday, November 16th, 5:30 pm – 8 pm, The Village at Park Royal, 925 Main Street, West Vancouver
Santa’s Arrival – Saturday, November 17th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Park Royal South, near Simons, Marine Drive & Taylor Way, West Vancouver
You’re invited to join Park Royal, on Friday, November 16th, as they Light Up The Village and feature Christmas Tree! Enjoy rides on a 65-foot Ferris Wheel (by minimum $5 donation), treats, live music, holiday dancing, and many more seasonal activities including a visit from Santa Claus. Countdown to lighting is at 6:45 pm sharp! Be sure to return on Saturday, November 17th to welcome Santa when he arrives to his home in Park Royal South at 11 am. Come early – the first 100 kids to sit on Santa’s knee will go home with a signature 200g Lindt Teddy Chocolate Bear.

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Lights of Hope
Friday, November 16th, St. Paul’s Hospital, Burrard at Helmcken Street, Vancouver
The Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s will shine for the first time this year in a special celebration on November 16. Join in on the celebration! Enjoy food trucks and performances by the Yamaha Children’s Choir, Vancouver Bach Choir, Vancouver Men’s Chorus, and the Lights of Hope Chorus. The spectacular display is up until January 8th, shining every from dusk till dawn.

2018 Deer Lake Craft Festival
Friday, November 16th – Sunday, November 18th, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
The Deer Lake Craft Festival has been adding sparkle to the Christmas season for 46 years, and we are still going strong! The Burnaby Arts Council is once again presenting the Deer Lake Craft Festival, coming Nov. 16 – 18 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. This year they have OVER 60 jury-selected artisans including: glass blowers, sculptors, potters, wood, fashion and jewelry designers, plus many more new artists participating! There will also be a great selection of seasonal food and goodies.

Mums, Tums, Babies & Toddlers Show
Saturday, November 17th – Sunday, November 18th, Langley Events Centre, 7888 200 St, Langley
Langley’s premier parenting event provides an opportunity for hopeful, expecting, and new parents to tour the top baby brands, and enjoy some fun live entertainment. Take advantage of exclusive show deals, awesome giveaways and prizes, and the latest expert advice. Discover a variety of quality products, services, and expert advice for your baby & toddler, pregnancy, or family in the Lower Mainland!

Sensory Friendly Morning
Saturday, November 17th, 8 am – 10 am, Science World, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Science World holding a Sensory Friendly Morning for families living with autism or sensory processing differences. Guests will receive early access to Science World, beginning at 8 am. Wherever possible, exhibits will have adjusted operations and/or lowered volume levels from 8 am – 10 am. Volume levels and exhibit operations will return to their usual settings a10 am. Guests are welcome to stay as long as they like until Science World closes at 6 pm. Admission is $16 + tax per child or youth. As this is a pilot event, the $16 includes a maximum of 2 complimentary adult admissions per child or youth. All registered attendees will receive admission to The Science Behind Pixar exhibition. Space is limited and guests must purchase tickets in advance.

ArtStarts Explores: Red
Saturday, November 17th, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
This month, we are exploring the primary colours and all of the wonderful things you can do with them! We’ll investigate the colour red at this workshop.

Kids’ Movie at the Roundhouse: Space Jam
Saturday, November 17th, 11 am – 1 pm, Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, Cost: Free, please pre-register
Bring your kids ages 6+ to the Performance Centre for a fun Sunday movie with your neighbours! Fresh popcorn will be available for $1 per bag (cash only).

November Westminster Savings Family Day at Evergreen Cultural Centre
Saturday, November 17th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Join in for a free, drop-in, family art activities between 1-4pm. Where do your dream travels take you? Map a journey from Coquitlam to your dream destination using photo transfers, colouring, collage and more.

Eastside Culture Crawl: Crawling for Kids
Saturday, November 17th – Sunday, November 18th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Melk, 936 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Melk Art & Design is hosting a free afternoon of hands-on creativity for kids of all ages. This year participants will be able to create collaged cards and works of artwork on paper using custom designed, nature-inspired stamps. An artist will guide the process in an open craft-table setting at the studio—a fun and engaging way to encourage creative participation during the Crawl! First come, first served.

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival
Saturday, November 17th – Sunday, November 18th, various locations in the Fraser Valley
Free two-day event in the Fraser Valley. Eagle Viewing, Speakers, Boat Tours and more….
British Columbia’s Fraser Valley and the Harrison River tributary is home to North America’s largest gathering of wintering bald eagles. In recent years, 5,000 to 10,000 can be gathered in a 3 km area to feast on the spawned-out salmon. This incredible site is also shared by hundreds of trumpeter swans and thousands of ducks and geese. You can visit several venues in the Festival Region (Mission to Harrison Mills) where you can see eagles close-up, take river tours, visit conservation-education exhibits and attend lectures.

VAM Symphony Orchestra: The Planets
Sunday, November 18th, 2 pm – 4 pm, Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver, Cost: $10 – $15
The Vancouver Academy of Music will be performing “Holst’s The Planets” on November 18th at the Orpheum. This iconic British masterwork was inspired by the luminous night sky, and is one of the most loved works of the 20th century. VAMSO’s performance of this iconic piece will also include image projections provided by the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

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Remember to always 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!

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