It’s never too early to start planning your Spring Break fun! While we are looking forward to the extra time with our kiddos, with two weeks of no school, we know we’ll all need a bit of help keeping everyone amused. With that in mind we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to spring break fun in Metro Vancouver. With activities both indoors and out, you’re covered no matter what the weather. So get comfortable, grab your calendar, and prepare to plan an awesome two weeks!
We will update this list whenever new events come up so check back every once in a while. If you notice anything we’ve missed, please let us know.
Featured Spring Break Camps
Hop in a time machine and head to where history comes to life: the Burnaby Village Museum. Their amazing Heritage Adventure Camps are perfect for the pint-sized pioneer, aged 6 – 9, with heritage games, arts and crafts, vintage toys and more! More details.
Featuring a wide variety of spring break programs to suit every kid aged 3 – 14: The City of Coquitlam has an amazing array of camps. From science to sports, golf to girl power, there is something for everyone! More details.
Spring Break Activities
Abbotsford | Burnaby | Coquitlam | Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | Mission | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Coquitlam | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver
March 10th – 17th
From March 10-17, Vancouver streets, concert halls, and pubs will resound with the sights, sounds, and vibrant spirit of Celtic culture. Western Canada’s largest Celtic celebration offers the best of traditional and contemporary Celtic culture in all its diversity and vitality – and everyone is invited to join in! Visit celticfestvancouver.com for tickets and a full schedule of events.
Spring Break Fun at Vancouver Public Library
March 12th – 29th
All Vancouver Public Library branches will be celebrating Spring Break with various activities for kids and families. There’s button making, family movies, LEGO block parties, crazy cartoon art, storytelling and even a giant life-sized game of clue! Visit vpl.ca for a full list of activities!
Pi Day at the Space Centre
Monday, March 14th, H.R. MacMillian Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vacouver
PiDay2016: Join us on Monday, March 14 for a celebration of math, pi, and pie! Kick off March Break with pied pipers, pi parades, and of course lots of pie. Join us for special presentations about our favourite math constant on its special day: 3.14. Grab a number and join our Pi Parade pi sequence led by a pied piper. Then grab a slice of delicious pie from our friends at Tartine Bread and Pies. Included with regular admission rates – all day activities. For more information please call 604.738.7827
Spring Break at Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Ongoing throughout spring break, 12:30 pm, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
During Spring Break, join the Beaty Biodiversity Museum every day at 12:30 p.m. for a different hands-on activity, brought to you by volunteers, staff, curators, and special guests! Meet new friends while exploring different aspects of the biodiversity around us. From identifying incredible insects, to art, games, crafts, and hands-on activities, you’ll be a biodiversity pro in no time.
Pixar in Concert
Monday March 21st, 7 pm – 9 pm, Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver
From the Toy Story trilogy to Cars and Inside Out, Pixar has forever changed filmmaking while giving us some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. This visually stunning, high-definition, multi-media family show features montages of memorable clips from every one of Pixar’s fourteen films—including Cars, WALL•E, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and Brave—all while the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs the extraordinary music from these films live in concert!
Kids get in Free at VanDusen Garden & Bloedel Conservatory
March 14th – 24th, 10 am – 5 pm, VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Looking for fun spring break activities for the family? Explore VanDusen Garden & Bloedel Conservatory – Kids get in FREE! Find your way through a hedge maze, spot local wildlife, discover over 7,000 different plants from around the world and enjoy a family picnic at VanDusen! Then head to the tropical Bloedel Conservatory and discover exotic birds and plants inside the lush dome located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park. Take advantage of up to two FREE child admissions with the purchase of a regular price adult, senior or youth admission at VanDusen Garden and/or Bloedel Conservatory. Promotion available from March 14 to 24, 2016. Offers are exclusive to each facility and cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts.
Spring Break Week 1: Learn!
March 14th – 18th, 12 pm – 2 pm, Highstreet Shopping Centre, 3122 Mount Lehman Road, Abbotsford
Science World Show + Make and Take Activities, 12pm – 2pm
Science World is back at Highstreet hosting their fun and informative show all week long.
Located in Central Plaza, just outside of Cineplex. Totally Free.
Spring Break Week 2: Play!
March 21st – 24th, 12pm – 2 pm, Highstreet Shopping Centre, 3122 Mount Lehman Road, Abbotsford
Skateboarding* + Rock Climbing! Paul from Replay Sports and Project Climb will be at Highstreet Monday to Thursday, and it’s totally free! Located in Central Plaza, just outside of Cineplex. Totally Free. *Participants must call Guest Services at 604-381-3934 to register for skateboarding lessons prior to the event. Lessons are separated by Beginners and Advances skateboarders. Participants must bring their own: skateboard, helmet. Knee and elbow pads are highly recommended. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Burnaby Village Museum Spring Break
March 14th – 24th, 11 am – 4:30 pm, Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
New Format for 2016: We’re thowing open the gates for 11 days with longer hours and no admission charge! Carousel Rides are only $2.60 each.
Spring Break Public Skates in Burnaby
March 11th – 27th
Come by and skate at Bill Copeland Sports Centre and Kensington Complex March 11-27, 2016. There are Toonie Skates, Family Skates & drop-in family hockey!
Spring Break Makerspace: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Thursday March 17th, 2 pm – 3 pm, Cameron Library, 9523 Cameron Street, Burnaby
Age: 5 to 12 years. Get the luck of the Irish and join us for St. Patrick’s Day crafts. Make your own shamrocks, rainbows, hats, medals, and more!
Spring Break Makerspace: Celebrate Easter
Thursday March 24th, 2 pm – 3 pm, Cameron Library, 9523 Cameron Street, Burnaby
Ages 5 to 12 years. Bunnies, chicks, sheep, oh my! Get ready for Easter by making your very own pom-pom animals.
Spring Break LEGO Club at Bob Prittie Metrotown Library
Tuesday March 15th, 2 pm – 4 pm, Bob Prittie Metrotown Library, 6100 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Calling all builders! Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to drop in anytime between 2pm and 4pm to play with the library’s extensive LEGO collection. Moms and dads can join the fun too! No registration required. Come early: space is limited. Adults must accompany children younger than 10.
Movie for Spring Break
March 18th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, City Centre Library, 1169 Pinetree Way Coquitlam
March 18th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Poirier Library, 575 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Great for all ages! Movie title to be announced.
Saturday, March 12th, 1 pm – 2 pm, Firehall Centre for the Arts, 11489 84th Avenue, Delta
Delta Parks, Recreation & Culture welcomes magician John Kaplan of Abracadabra. His magic show is full of music, comedy and plenty of audience participation that is guaranteed suitable for all age levels. Purchase your tickets in advance at any Delta Parks, Recreation & Culture customer service office or by calling 604-952-3000 (Course Code #352220). Limited tickets will be available at the door. $5/person
Spring Break at Fort Langley
March 12th – 26th, 10 am – 5 pm, Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Ave, Langley
It’s all about spring fun at Fort Langley. Join an introductory tour at 10:30 am, learn about the Farm & Garden at 11 am and watch a coopering demonstration at 12:30 pm. At 2 pm hear the bang of the musket fire echo through the fort and then fire an airsoft musket from 2:30 – 3:30 for only $3.90, plus take home your souvenir target! Watch a blacksmith demonstration at 3 pm and sing down the flag at 4:30 pm. Throughout the day visit the blacksmith shop, see the farm animals, pan for gold and complete your Xplorers activity book for a certificate and prize.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Kids Day at Haney House Museum
Sunday March 13th, 11 am – 3 pm, Haney House Museum, 11612 224th Street, Maple Ridge
Join us on Spring Break at the Haney House Museum! There will be crafts and activities throughout the house, and sweet treats for the kids. Haney House will be featuring a tour on “The Art of Storytelling”, with guided tours of the home. Drop in from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm for some fun!
Wednesday, March 16th, 2 pm – 4 pm, Maple Ridge Public Library, 130 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge
Celebrate Spring Break with Paint-a-Thon! Create your own masterpiece! Painting is a wonderful learning experience for kids, and it’s fun! For kids ages 5 and up.
Springtime Tales Puppet Show
Thursday, March 17th, 11 am – 11:30 am, Maple Ridge Public Library, 130 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge
Join library staff and our smallest stars – our talented puppets – for a morning of wacky tales, silly songs and lots and lots of laughs. Intended Audience: Kids
Family Movie Afternoon
Thursday, March 24th, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Maple Ridge Public Library, 130 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge
Looking for something to do with the whole family? Join us at the library for our afternoon showing of Home (rated G).
Ongoing throughout spring break at the Mission Library
Need a break from your spring break? Beat your boredom – and your opponent – at our Game Lab. Drop by the Mission Library and hang out in our open game room. Choose from a variety of classic and new games. Please call us to confirm hours.
Spring Break Drop-in Craft: New Westminster Public Library
Tuesday March 15th, Thursday March 17th, Tuesday March 22nd & Thursday March 24th, 10:30 am – 12 pm, Main Library Branch, 716 6th Avenue, New Westminster
Wednesday March 16th & Wednesday March 23rd, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Queensborough Library Branch, 920 Ewen Ave, New Westminster
This is a self-directed drop-in craft for parents or caregivers and their 3-8 year olds.
This Spring Break, it’s time to Get to Work! at the Fraser River Discovery Centre!
Saturday, March 19th, 12 pm – 4 pm, Fraser River Discovery Centre, 788 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
Join us and special guests as we celebrate the heritage and future of the working Fraser River, with activities for the whole family! Build a boat, decorate a rail car to go on our train, make a fun trivia take-home game, discover what’s in our mystery boxes, create a futuristic machine, take your picture with a real dragon boat, experiment with magnets, enjoy fun games and puzzles, hands-on activities, interactive exhibits and more.
Spring Break Family Fun Times at Capilano Library
Wednesday March 16th & March 23rd, 10 am – 12 pm, Capilano Library, 3045 Highland Blvd, North Vancouver
Join us for a special Spring Break Family Fun Times! Drop in to our open room for games, music and general play time. Parents, relatives and caregivers are welcome! No registration required!
Spring Break Maker Space
Ongoing throughout spring break, Pitt Meadows Library, 200-12099 Harris Road, Pit Meadows
Maker Space is a self-directed crafts area where children and parents are invited to come and enjoy making crafts together. As a special treat, there will be a button maker on hand. Make a pin for your jacket or backpack. All materials are provided, but you can bring your own pictures, magazines or comics from home.
The Ta Daa Lady
Tuesday March 15th, 10:30 am – 11:15 am, Terry Fox Library, 2470 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam, BC
This spring break, come to your library for an interactive musical show like no other! The Ta Daa Lady is a gentle, fun-loving soul who will delight families as she clowns, dances and mimes her way through all sorts of crazy antics with her lovable puppet Stumpy.
Spring Break Fun
Ongoing throughout Spring Break, Port Moody Public Library, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Drop in for personalized reading recommendations courtesy of our Children’s specialists, and borrow a kid-friendly board game to play in the library with your parents or friends. Mondays & Wednesdays: Board games & books, Tuesdays: Harry Potter Movies, Thursdays and Fridays: Code Camp.
Spring Break at the Cannery
March 12th – 24th, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, 12138 Fourth Ave, Richmond
Visit the Cannery during Spring Break for some historic fishy fun! Pick up a Parks Canada “Xplorer” Activity booklet filled with fun activities that will guide your discovery of our historic site (with a special prize for completed activities!). See the canning lines come to life during the machine demos! All programs and activities are included in the regular Admission fees.
Be a Hero at the Surrey Museum Emergency!
Tuesday March 15th – Friday March 18th, Tuesday March 22 – Thursday March 24th, 10am – 1 pm, Surrey Museum, 17710 56a Ave, Surrey
Drop everything to celebrate the firefighters, police and paramedics who come to our rescue. Make your own ambulance or police cruiser and flex your firefighter muscles as you put out a mock fire.
Kids Spring Break at Surrey Libraries
March 14th – 23rd
There is lots of fun to be had at the libraries in Surrey over Spring Break. Learn about space exploration where the kiddos will take an exciting look at the planet, moon, comets and the stars! Or build a popsicle stick bridge, and learn about our City’s infrastructure! Hosted by the City of Surrey’s Engineering Department. Prizes will be given for the strongest bridge! Visit surreylibraries.ca for times, dates and location information.
Vancouver Opera Young Artists Program – Opera Tales
Friday, March 18th, 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm, West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and other classic fables come to life through the masterpieces of opera and music theatre. Combining charming stories with music from Candide, Roméo et Juliette, Rigoletto, Carmen, Jekyll and Hyde and others, Opera Tales will delight and enthral!
Spring Break at Indigo
March 14th – March 18th, 11 am daily, Indigo Park Royal, 2002 Park Royal S, West Vancouver
Indigo Park Royal has a full list of Spring Break activities for the first week out of school.
ivivva Spring Break
March 14th – March 27th, ivivva Park Royal, 2002 Park Royal S, West Vancouver
March at ivivva Park Royal is everything adventure! ivivva makes spring break not only fun, but productive. See website for a full list of activities including the Dreams & Goals Workshop with 5 key influencers and high performance athletes in our community.
We hope you and your family have a wonderful Spring Break. Remember to check back often as we will be adding more great Spring Break activities as new events come up!
By: Michelle Hughes