family-friendly events in vancouver november 9-12

Family-Friendly Weekend Events in Metro Vancouver

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This weekend you and your kiddos can enjoy a fun holiday musical together, check out super cool structures built entirely of cans, or go on a bird walk. There are holiday markets, an art class all about the colour yellow, and a fun Diwali celebration too. You can head to the Vancouver Train Expo for all sorts of miniature train action, and to Burnaby for a toonie skate on Monday.

Sunday, November 11th marks Remembrance Day and we’ve gathered a list of ceremonies happening across Canada.


Featured Event: Light up The Holiday Season with Park Royal
Saturday, October 27th, 4 pm, Highlands Elementary, 3150 Colwood Drive, North Vancouver
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 featured 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 at 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. {sponsored}


A Christmas Story: The Musical
November 2nd – 17th, Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 Macpherson Ave, Burnaby
Align Entertainment presents the delightful and hilarious holiday sensation, A Christmas Story: The Musical, the beloved story based on the popular 1983 film of the same name, November 2–17, 2018, at the Michael J. Fox Theatre. Nominated for three Tony Awards in 2013, the musical is a classic and heartfelt tale featuring a tuneful score from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (creators of La La Land and The Greatest Showman). All 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder Carbine Action BB gun. But to get it, he’ll have to deal with a maniacal department store Santa, the famous leg lamp, a triple-dog-dare to lick a frozen flagpole, and so much more.

CANstruction Vancouver 2018
November 4th – 11th, Lougheed Town Centre, Burnaby
In support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, CANstruction Vancouver is an annual competition where teams from across Greater Vancouver compete in designing and building entertaining, large structures made entirely out of nutritious canned foods. Each team has 12 hours to build their structure, and then structures are on display as art exhibits for one week. 100% of the proceeds of CANstruction Vancouver goes towards the GVFB to support more than 27,000 people with food assistance each and every week.

Circle Craft Market
November 7th – 11th, Vancouver Convention Centre West, Vancouver
The Circle Craft Christmas Market has been a Vancouver tradition for over four decades and has traditionally began the holiday shopping season in the city. The market attracts some 20,000 people eager to discover the creations of hundreds of Canadian artisans all of whom are jury-selected based on talent and diversity. The 2018 Circle Craft Christmas Market features artisans from coast to coast: BC craftspeople from communities such as Whaletown, Quathiaski Cove, North Vancouver, Vernon, Duncan, Gibsons, and Vancouver will showcase the very best of this province.

Vancouver Train Expo
November 10th – 11th, PNE Forum, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
ALL ABOARD FOR VANCOUVER TRAIN EXPO 2018! The biggest model train exposition in British Columbia November 10th and 11th 2018 at The PNE Forum! Vancouver Train Expo 2018 makes tracks for the Forum at the Pacific National Exhibition November 10th and 11th for the 36th Annual Expo of everything to do with model trains. This year over 60 exhibitors will be on hand with meticulous recreations of trains running through majestic mountain trails and oceanscapes, cities and landscapes, past and present. Kids and families will love the hands on experiences of running their own railway empire, likely something they haven’t experienced before. Of course, what would a train expo be without minirail train rides for the kids, LEGO displays and a children’s activity area where you can play with trains.

November Bird Walk
Saturday, November 10th, 10 am, VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5151 Oak Street, Vancouver
Take a guided tour through VanDusen and learn about the native bird species that make their home in the garden. Join Jeremy Gordon for a guided birding exploration in the Garden. Meet in the Visitor Centre Atrium. This event takes place rain or shine. Free for Members or with Garden admission. Reservations or registration are not required or taken for this walk.

ArtStarts Explores: YELLOW
Saturday, November 10th, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
This month, explore the primary colours and all of the wonderful things you can do with them! Join in for a performance inspired by the colour yellow. ArtStarts Explores is a hands-on drop-in workshop series for creative and adventurous families held from 11am to 12pm every Saturday. Explore creativity with your family through hands-on investigations and discover a wide variety of materials and artistic mediums. These process-based explorations invite families to experiment together through observing, touching, drawing, moving, assembling and listening to ignite their creative learning. Ages 12 and under. Free! Donations welcome.

Victory Square Remembrance Day Ceremony
Sunday, November 11th, 9:45 am, Victory Square, Vancouver
The Remembrance Day Ceremony and Parade will begin on Friday, November 11 at 9:45am at the Victory Square Cenotaph at West Hastings Street and Cambie Street. The program begins with a performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande starting at 9:45am. At 10:00am veterans, military marching units and bands will be led to Victory Square by the Vancouver Flag Party. The cenotaph ceremony starts at 10:30am. At 11:00am the Last Post will be sounded. There will be Two Minutes of Silence, during which a 21-gun salute by the 15th Field Artillery Regiment will be heard from Portside Park. Lament and Rouse will follow. The RCAF will conduct a fly-past moments later, weather permitting. The enduring In Flanders Fields will then be sung by the Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande and wreaths will be placed at the Cenotaph. A feature will be a combined performance by the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service and the Regimental Pipes and Drums of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.

Diwali Celebration – Sunset Family Fun
Monday, November 12th, 11 am – 1 pm, Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street, Vancouver
Enjoy a free celebration of dance, music, education, Diya making, crafts, and more. Playgym (including a bouncy castle) and a healthy snack concession will be available.

Skate to Remember Toonie Skate
Monday, November 12th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Kensington Recreation Complex, 6159 Curtis Street, Burnaby
Join in for a Skate to Remember at Kensington Arena. Skates and helmet are included in the admission fee.

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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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