family friendly events in vancouver october 26-28

Family-Friendly Weekend Events in Metro Vancouver

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It’s Halloween weekend, and while Halloween isn’t technically until Wednesday, that doesn’t stop all the haunting and the spookiness from creeping into Metro Vancouver. Enjoy spooky carnivals, haunted farms, costume skates, and even a ghoulish pizza party. If you are looking for something not so pumpkin-filled to do with your family this weekend, there’s free movie day at Cineplex, a salmon party in North Vancouver, and a fun bird walk in Stanley Park.


Featured Event: Gumboot Kids Live Show with Jessie Farrell, Scout & Daisy, Daniel Tiger, & True from CBC Kids
Saturday, October 27th, 4 pm, Highlands Elementary, 3150 Colwood Drive, North Vancouver
By popular demand, The Gumboot Kids Live Show sold out BC tour has added ONE additional show in North Vancouver this Saturday, October 27th. Come sing and dance with Jessie Farrell and Scout & Daisy of The Gumboot Kids. Plus, you can meet and mingle with Daniel Tiger and True from CBC Kids. At the show you’ll get exclusive access to purchasing the Gumboot Kids brand new Scout & Daisy stuffies before they’re available to the general public. The concert will run for 45 minutes of singing and dancing family fun! Be sure to plan time to hang out afterwards to meet and mingle for another half hour with Scout, Daisy, Daniel Tiger and True, and enjoy Gumboot Kids colouring stations and a tasty allergen-free snack from FreeYumm. Don’t wait – this is your last chance to see the Gumboot Kids Live Show, all other shows are sold out and tickets are selling fast for this final show! Get your tickets here.  {sponsored}


Free Movies for Community Day at Cineplex
Saturday, October 27th, 9 am – 11 am, various Cineplex locations around Metro Vancouver
What’s better than a movie at a Cineplex theatre? A FREE movie at a Cineplex theatre! Saturday, October 27th is Community Day and Cineplex is offering free screenings of FIVE different films, with popcorn, select drinks and candy for only $2.50. It’s their way of saying “thank you” for making Cineplex part of your communities! Plus, you’ll be supporting a good cause – 100% of concession sales will go to their national charity partner, WE. They have a fantastic lineup of movies that the whole family can enjoy! So now’s your chance to catch them on the big screen again – or for the first time, if you missed any of them on their first run!

Halloween Carnival & Ghostly Graveyard (2-7yrs)
Saturday, October 27th, 10 am – 12 pm, Coal Harbour Community Centre, 480 Broughton Street, Vancouver, Cost: Pre-registration – $5.50/child, Day-of event – $7.50/child
Join in on a fun, hair-raising event and get into the spooky spirit! Enjoy creepy crafts, terrifying treats, eerie entertainment and much more! Don’t forget to wear your costume & visit our ghostly graveyard. Parents are required to participate. Please pre-register.

Coho Commotion
Saturday, October 27th, 11 am – 2 pm, Capilano Fish Hatchery, Capilano River Regional Park, North Vancouver, Cost: Free
Each fall, coho salmon return to their birthplace, transform physically and create the next generation. So you can watch salmon leaping, learn the difference between males and females, and hear about their extraordinary lives. Please leave pets at home.

Haunted Farm
Saturday, October 27th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
Are you looking for a sweet, spooky outing for the whole family? This safe and fun family drop-in shares old-time All Hallow’s Eve traditions, crafts, and spooky treats. We are bringing the whimsy back to Halloween and skipping the scare factor! Bring the kids in costume for tons of fun activities.

The Haunted Sea: Halloween at the Cannery
Saturday, October 27th – Sunday, October 28th, 11 am – 4 pm, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond, Cost: Adults $11; Kids (6-17) $7
Dive to the darkest depths of “The Haunted Sea” at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site to explore what lurks in the mysterious fathoms below! Watery ghosts, sea monsters, and twisted tentacles coil and collide alongside historic legends and sea lore. Entertain your imagination with games, crafts, activities and a journey into the deep with real-life horrors that will leave you gasping for air (optional for the braver kids)! Suitable for all ages. On October 27 & 28, drop in any time between 11 am to 4 pm (plan at least 30-40 minutes for your visit). For more details: 604.664.9009

ArtStarts: Robin and the Timeless Forest with Runaway Moon Theatre
Saturday, October 27th, 11 am & 1 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Sunday, October 28th, 11 am & 1 pm, River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Are you looking for fun, free things to do with kids in the Lower Mainland? ArtStarts is pleased to offer free arts-based events for kids and families each month. This week: Robin lives in a walled village where everything is ordered and predictable, protected from the mysterious forest that surrounds them. When the village gate is unexpectedly cracked open for the first time in living memory, Robin and the villagers begin a transformative journey. All Ages.

Birds of a Feather: Far-Flung Fliers
Sunday, October 28th, 11 am, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Though we dread the coming weather, our relatively warmer waters are positively tropical for seabirds touching down from the north. Welcome these winged travelers and learn about what makes Stanley Park great wintering habitat or a good stop along the way. Join in for this two-hour easy walking exploration to learn about migratory bird identification and behaviour.

Rocky Mountain Halloween Party for Families
Sunday, October 28th, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano (1876 West 1st Ave, Vancouver & Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street (4186 Main Street, Vancouver), Cost: $15/child
Rocky Mountain Flatbread is hosting its annual Rocky Mountain Halloween Party for families on Sunday, October 28 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Enjoy dinner and a glass of wine while the kids take part in some spooky fun including: Halloween pizza making station, Creepy crawly candy bar, Drinks and potions bar, and Face painting. Be sure to wear your costumes! The cost per child is $15 and includes all of the above activities. Reservations are recommended so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Halloween Free Skate
Sunday, October 28th, 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm, Kerrisdale Arena, 5670 East Blvd, Vancouver
Join in at the Kerrisdale Arena on Sunday, October 28th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm for the Halloween on Ice skating event! Free skating, skate rentals and refreshments!

Looking for more Halloween fun? Check out these awesome spooky treats, perfect for the whole family!

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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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