The Playground – Week 23


Welcome to The Playground, a place for Vancouver families. Every Wednesday I post a roundup of upcoming family-friendly events and activities. I’m always on the lookout for fun stuff to do, so if there’s something happening that you think I should know about, contact me.


In The Playground for the week of October 13-19: more apples, the Writers and Readers Festival, making movies, watching a movie and fun at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

If the Bowen Island Applefest was out of your reach this past weekend, you and your kids can get your apple fix at the UBC Apple Festival this coming weekend. Two dollars will get you in—children under 12 are free—and for another three dollars, you can sample 60 different varieties of BC apples. Also, this year the Apple Festival features the Johnny Appleseed Orchard, a children’s activity area.

Next Tuesday, October 19th, the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival gets underway and there are a number of events suitable for grade-school children. The events seem to be marketed towards school groups, and some are already sold out, but young readers would probably have a pretty good time.

For the future auteur in the family, this Saturday the Kitsilano branch of the Vancouver Public Library is putting on a free workshop titled Making Movies With Kids. The workshop runs from 2:00-5:00, is intended for kids 10 and up. You can register by calling 604-331-3603.

This weeks Movies for Mommies selection at the Rio Theatre is The Social Network. The movie tells the story of the founding of The Facebook and is getting pretty good reviews. If you go, don’t forget to update your status.

Finally, the Vancouver Art Gallery is another fine choice for kids activities. Every Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00 the gallery features the Art Agents where “grownups and kids can explore the galleries with our team of bold, whimsical, funny and informed Art Agents”. The gallery also has Art Tracks, “child-oriented tours offering new and interdisciplinary ways of looking at and thinking about art”. I’ve called the Art Gallery and confirmed that these events are taking place through the month of October.

Here’s a map. Have a great week.

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