The Playground – Week 42


Welcome to The Playground, a place for Vancouver families. Every week 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.

Artwork by Evan, age 4.

In The Playground for the week of March 16-22: a Will Stroet fundraising concert plus Spring Break at Kidsmarket, the Beatty Biodiversity Museum, Science World, the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Vancouver Aquarium.

Fundraising for the Ride to Conquer Cancer seems to have kicked into full gear and this Saturday Will Stroet is putting on a fundraising concert for his team. The show begins at 11AM at the Rio Theatre and tickets are $10.

Spring breaks gets underway this coming week and here are some activities to keep your kids busy:

Kidsmarket on Granville Island is putting on a variety of events including Get Crafty with Potato Arts & Crafts, Ceramics and Sand Art, Face Painting with Beebop and Captain Bubbles and an Xbox 360 event on the 26th. More info

Beatty Biodiversity Museum
The Beatty Biodiversity Museum at UBC is putting on a number of interesting events and they’re free for kids under 12 when accompanied by an adult. Programs include Pond Poke, Curious Plants and Feathers are way cool. The museum will also have a variety of daily activities. More info

Science World
Spring break at Science World includes daily craft and learning activities with the themes of Wacky Weather and Natural Disasters, a timely topic to be sure. CBC Meteorologist Claire Martin will be giving presentations on meteorology and broadcasting. Also, Tuesday and Wednesday will feature presentations on Earthquake Preparedness, something we should probably all take a littler more seriously. More info

Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre
Next week is Wildlife Week at the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre with daily events available by donation. No preregistration is required, but it is suggested that you arrive early. More info

Vancouver Art Gallery
For Spring break, the art gallery’s weekend programs—Art Agents, Art Tracks and The Making Place—will be running every day and are free for kids. More info

Vancouver Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium has extended it’s hours for spring break and it is opening their New Amazon exhibit featuring a variety of new animals, audio experiences and Dora the Explorer in 4D! More info

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