November is a month full of awesome family-friendly activities and events in Metro Vancouver. Watch Bald Eagles soar overhead, walk through an illuminated park or welcome salmon back home. Head to a concert (or two) and sing along with Raffi and Will Stroet. Dress up as your favourite comic book hero and head to the Fan Expo, or catch a breathtaking Cirque Du Soleil performance. Take a look at our round up and start planning some memorable family fun. If you like learning about great family-friendly activities happening in Metro Vancouver, make sure you sign up to receive our weekly emails.
Festivals & Fairs
Garden Light Festival at Bear Creek Park
November 8th – 9th, 5 pm – 8 pm, Bear Creek Park, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
The City of Surrey and Telus PureFibre invite you to come on out for some free family entertainment! The trails and the trees will be illuminated for two nights this year. Grab a hot drink, make a lantern and prepare to be wowed as you wander through an ever-changing display of colours! Activities include face painting, photo booth, lantern crafts, illumination board, and food trucks. Don’t forget to pack a flashlight and dress for the weather – rain or shine (extreme weather exceptions).
Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival
November 18th & 19th, various locations in the Fraser Valley
The enormously popular Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival occurs the third weekend in November in perhaps the most biologically diverse and important areas in British Columbia. From Mission to Harrison Mills, many exciting venues offer excellent eagle watching opportunities and a range of activities and adventures that include jet boat eagle watching safaris; walking tours; a diverse abundance of local wildlife; environmental presentations, naturalists and interpreters; historic and ancient aboriginal sites; wildlife & artistic displays; and lots of hands-on activities and entertainment.
18th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival
November 19th, 11 am – 3 pm, Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery, 3636 Coast Meridian Road, Port Coquitlam
Join the 5,000 plus visitors from around the Lower Mainland who come out to celebrate and witness the return of thousands of salmon back to their birthplace to lay and fertilize their eggs. Spawning time is the end of the lifespan of these Coho & Chum salmon, and the beginning of the next generation. This FREE family event provides visitors of all ages the opportunity to observe salmon up close and learn about their life cycle through educational displays, salmon dissection, and in-stream demonstrations. Come out for a day of exploring, experiencing and learning about the salmon and wildlife in a fish-bearing watershed.
Expo’s & Trade Shows
Mums, Tums, Babies & Toddlers Show – Cloverdale
November 4th – 5th, Cloverdale Rodeo, 6050A – 176th Street, Surrey
Cloverdale’s premier parenting event provides essential products, services, and expert advice for moms, dads, babies, and toddlers all under a single roof. New and expecting parents won’t want to miss this! Pregnant couples, new parents, and parents of young children are time-poor, stressed, and desperate for the products, services, and good advice they need to do their very best for their growing families. The Mums Tums & Babies Show gives them the chance to find everything they’re looking for in a low-pressure, family-friendly environment. Over $10,000 in Prizes from Exhibitors. All raffle proceeds donated to the Surrey Christmas Bureau!
Fan Expo Vancouver
November 10th – 12th, Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Everyone is a fan of something, and FAN EXPO VANCOUVER is a place to celebrate all things pop culture. Get an autograph or a photo with your favourite guest and get the inside scoop about your favorite movies & TV shows at our celebrity panels! Watch professional comic artists battle it out in our popular Sketch Duels, learn from our “How To” workshops, and take photos with your favourite costumed characters! It’s also a great place to buy a unique gift (or treat yourself!) with over 100,000 square feet of shopping madness.
Vancouver Train Expo – British Columbia’s biggest train show!
November 11th – 12th, 10 am – 6 pm, PNE Forum, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Vancouver Train Expo 2017 makes tracks for the Forum at the Pacific National Exhibition November 11th and 12th for the 35th 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 mini rail train rides for the kids, LEGO displays and a children’s activity area where you can play with trains. Come and see the many facets the hobby of model railroading offers. It’s three-dimensional art in motion, it’s robotics and it’s a great way for the family to spend a November day!
Plays, Shows & Concerts
Cirque Du Soleil – Kurios
October 19th – December 31st, Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver
A World of Curiosities to Unravel. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down.
Jesus Christ Superstar
October 31st – November 5th, Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
URP is thrilled to return with an all-new production of this Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice classic. The energy and excitement of a rock concert will combine with the drama of Christ’s final days as only URP could do.
Raffi 40th Anniversary Concert
Sunday, November 5th, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
The music that shaped your childhood is back! Raffi is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first and still best-selling album, Singable Songs for the Very Young. Sing favourites such as Baby Beluga, Down By The Bay & Bananaphone! Raffi is a singer, songwriter, producer, author, lecturer, and tireless advocate for children. With the motto “Respecting Earth & Child,” the Centre is at the heart of a global movement that views honouring children as the best way to create sustainable, peacemaking societies.
Disney on Ice
November 22nd – 26th, PNE Forum, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart!
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
November 25th – December 31st, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Granville Island, Vancouver
C.S Lewis’ first installment of the epic Chronicles of Narnia series bounds on to the CTYP stage this holiday season. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy discover an old wardrobe that leads to an enchanted land, Narnia, full of mythical creatures, talking animals, quests and secrets. In one of the greatest battles between Good and Evil in children’s literature, the fate of the four children unfolds in a grand, otherworldly adventure. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is recommended for ages 5+.
Will’s Jams Live Multimedia Show – Vancouver
Sunday, November 26th, 11 am & 3 pm, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Join JUNO-nominee Will Stroet and his Backyard Band for the Vancouver premiere of the Will’s Jams Live Multimedia Show, based on his popular Will’s Jams TV series airing nationwide on CBC Kids. This interactive concert, features lots of sing-along fan favourites from the series, including Jam, Eat a Plum Yum Yum, Stampede and Chuggada Choo. Regular tickets are $15 or $55 for a 4-pack. Buy your tickets online at www.famjams.eventbrite.ca. Use the promo code “Yoyomama” to receive 10% off! Hour-long shows at 11 am and 3 pm. Doors open 30-minutes before show time. This is an open seating concert with some chairs and floor seating so seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Science World: Math Moves!
September 23rd – January 1st, 2018, Telus World of Science, 1455 Quebec Street
Put your calculator away! The feature exhibition, Math Moves! uses hands-on activities to make experimenting with mathematical concepts memorable and fun. Visitors of all ages can work together in a playful, full-body exploration of ratios, proportions, and other fundamental concepts. Drawing on the power of teamwork, Math Moves! uses partner activity and conversation to advance understanding. So, put down your pencils and flex your mathlete muscles at Science World!
Vancouver Aquarium: Steller’s Bay
Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Get closer to Steller sea lions than ever before at the new Steller’s Bay. Come nose to snout with these amazing and expressive creatures in our new underwater viewing area and watch as they take part in important research to help uncover why their numbers have declined in the wild. With a huge, new underwater viewing area in Steller’s Bay, get up close with these mysterious creatures. Watch the Steller sea lions dive, feed, and interact with each other from below the surface of the water. Make sure to snap a Sea Lion Selfie during your visit!
Space Centre: Science Fiction Family Weekend
November 18th – 19th, 12 pm – 3 pm, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Explore the galaxy in your favourite spaceship as we paint Millennium Falcons, TIE Fighters, the Enterprise, or bring your own spaceship idea! We’ll help you create a cosmic masterpiece!
Don’t forget to check out our list of must-do fall activities for Metro Vancouver families.
We hope this big giant list has inspired you and your family to get out and enjoy everything Metro Vancouver has to offer in November! For more great family fun make sure to join our mailing list to receive weekly Metro Vancouver events right in your inbox.
By: Michelle Hughes