Fall is here but have no fear, we have a great list of fun events and activities you and your family can take part in to keep the boredom at bay. The best part? We’ve searched high and low for things to do that won’t break the bank. After all, having fun shouldn’t cost a fortune. Most of the activities on this list are free or only a few dollars. We hope this list inspires you and your family to have a fabulous fall!

Did we miss a fun activity in your neck of the woods? Make sure to let us know.

  1. Don’t hide from the rain; there is lots of fun to be had even when it’s wet outside. Try painting with chalk, splashing in puddles, and hunting for worms!
  2. Take part in Culture Days, a three-day long cultural extravaganza with events and activities throughout Metro Vancouver from September 30th – October 2nd. Many are free to attend!
  3. Visit your local library and sign your kids up for a library card (if they don’t already have one). It’s a great way to introduce the wonderful world of books and literacy. Before you go, take a look at the events calendar (Vancouver Public Library Events Calendar and Fraser Valley Regional Library Events Calendar) to see if there is a fun activity happening at your local branch.
  4. Learn all about Kwanten’s rich history at a free nature walk near Whonnock Lake on October 1st.
  5. Take a 30-minute crafting class at Michaels Crafts, every Saturday, for only $2! For kids aged 3 and up.
  6. Create a yummy hot chocolate station to warm up after a cold day playing outdoors.
  7. Take part in The Big Draw, a worldwide art festival coming to various locations in Vancouver on October 1st. There are over 40 free drawing workshops across Vancouver!
  8. Bake a batch of cookies
  9. Pick some apples, while there are still some left on the trees.
  10. Snuggle up under a blanket fort, an extra fun activity if the power has gone out!
  11. Get out of the city on a quick family getaway.
  12. Go geocaching to find treasure.
  13. Take a free tour of the Capilano Salmon Hatchery. September, October and November are great months to see Chinook and Coho adult fish.
  14. Explore a new neighbourhood, there are shops, restaurants and playgrounds waiting for you to discover! Not sure where to start? Try one of our favourite day tripping locations: Langley, Port Moody, Pemberton, New Westminster, Deep Cove, and Steveston
  15. Celebrate the new season at a Fall Fair at the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market on October 2nd. There will be a pumpkin patch, prize wheel, and a whole lot of fun!
  16. Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery on a Tuesday evening from 5 pm – 9 pm when admission is by donation.
  17. Take a free, guided nature walk in Surrey in the month of October.
  18. Check out the Kids Gallery at the Surrey Museum (admission is free!)
  19. Take a free walking tour of a Vancouver neighbourhood.
  20. Head to the annual Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley for local wares and delicious eats on October 8th.
  21. Many Farmers’ Markets in Metro Vancouver are open until mid-October! Stop by and pick up some delicious produce.
  22. Build something great! Home Depot has free builds for kids the second Saturday of every month.
  23. Start a new Thanksgiving tradition with your family this year.
  24. Celebrate the delicious apple at UBC Botanical Garden’s Apple Festival! Learn all about apples and taste some rare varieties on October 15th & 16th. Admission is $5 for adults, kids 12 and under are free.
  25. Make a spooky snack.
  26. Light up the night at the free Garden Light Festival at Bear Creek Park in Surrey on October 18th.
  27. Start a new book series. With the chilly weather outside, it’s the perfect time to start a new chapter book with your kiddos.
  28. Watch the Grande Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 16th in Downtown Vancouver. Totally free to watch! Arrive early to snag a good seat.
  29. Stare at the stars through a super powerful telescope at the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory. It’s located right next to the Space Centre and admission is by donation.
  30. Celebrate Diwali at Diwali Fest, an annual South Asian arts and culture festival. There are activities and events all throughout October. Make sure you don’t miss Diwali Downtown Vancouver on October 29th, the festival’s main event full of musical and dance performances, a marketplace and a room-sized Rangoli.
  31. Help harvest mason bee cocoons at Burnaby Lake Regional Park on November 6th.
  32. Try a fun, fall-themed craft.
  33. Drop-in to Guildford Town Centre for fun and free children’s activities every Tuesday at 4 pm. There are crafts and storytime and lots of fun to be had!
  34. Celebrate fish at the 17th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival on November 17th.
  35. Enjoy a free indoor family swim, courtesy of Westminster Savings. Check out swim times and locations here.
  36. Visit the Family Place at River District Centre every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am for fun free activities for kids aged 0 – 5.
  37. Hop in the car and head out on an easy, family adventure.
  38. Learn some basic birding skills at a free bird count for kids on December 4th.
  39. View the latest exhibits at the ArtStarts Gallery in Vancouver, the first gallery in Canada devoted exclusively to young people’s art. Admission is free!
  40. Go fishing.
  41. Head to the Lego Store for a free Monthly Mini Build event, the first Tuesday of every month.
  42. Embrace the cool weather ahead with a free family skate at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex in Coquitlam. Upcoming skates are on October 15th, November 19th and December 17th.
  43. Get your groove on at Brentwood Town Centre’s Groovin’ Babies Dance Class. A free fitness and dance experience for toddlers and their caregivers every Wednesday at 11 am.
  44. Drop-in to your local community centre for inexpensive fun! There are tons of great programs and activities for kids of all ages. It’s a great way to spend a rainy day.
  45. Visit Lynn Canyon Park and take a walk over the suspension bridge. Access to the park and bridge are totally free! Dress for the weather and go on a rainy day. You may find you have the entire park to yourself!
  46. Explore Granville Island. The Kids Market is a favourite place to visit for little ones!
  47. Head to Coal Harbour to watch float planes take off and land and wave to cruise ships as they depart.
  48. Visit historic Minnekhada Lodge in Coquitlam and discover the park’s natural and cultural history at this free drop-in event on October 2nd and November 6th.
  49. Join the Young Sprouts Kids Club Workshops at Phoenix Perennials in Richmond. These workshops are designed to spark a love of gardening in your little ones!
  50. Hit the trails. Go on a family hike through the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Even on a rainy day, the trails are a fun place to be since the trees block out some of the rain.

Looking for more affordable fall fun? Sign up for our weekly email newsletter and you’ll receive our weekend event guide which is chalk full of great family-friendly events and activities, many free! And download our (free) app, OnTheGoKids, for easy event and activity ideas while you are out and about.

By: Michelle Hughes

One Response

  1. Hi,

    If I may, I wish to submit information about a free Arts event presented by the Roundhouse Community Centre – in Yaletown:

    Secrets to Outstanding Photography
    Presented by The Roundhouse Community Centre

    One hour that greatly improves your ability to see and capture beautiful imagery anywhere with any camera.
    Learn the secrets of the best photographers in the world.
    Completely non-technical
    You’ll laugh, have fun, and learn something new!

    When: Sunday, October 7 or November 4, 2018 – 2-3 PM
    Fee: No charge
    Limited Space

    Presented by:
    Roundhouse Community Centre
    Location: Davie St. & Pacific Blvd.
    Ph: 604.713.1800 to register

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