The Playground – Week 46


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 Ana, age 2
Artwork by Ana, age 2.

In The Playground for the week of June 1-7: Ships to Shore Steveston 2011, the MEC Bikefest, Birds Up Close at the Aquarium, Family Fuse at the Art Gallery and plenty of community celebrations.

From June 3—7, Richmond is hosting Ships to Shore Steveston 2011 and will see a number of sailing ships come to Steveston Village to celebrate the community’s history as a port-of-call. Activities include ship tours, mock battles, pirate-themed movie nights and more. The event will also feature 4 tall ships, including the Lady Washington which can also be seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

June 3—5 is the North Shore stop of the MEC Bikefest, a “family-friendly community celebration of all things bicycle related”. The event feature bike demos, bike decorating, a bike wash a charity BBQ and more. The Bikefest is at Inter River Park, it’s free and a full schedule can be found online.

Saturday June 4th is the opening of the new Birds Up Close exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium. “Join us for an unparalleled aerial show, happening daily overlooking our Wild Coast. You’ll be amazed by the flurry of colour and sound as birds dive and swoop above you in an incredible display of skill and agility”. Featured birds will include the bald eagle, Harris’s hawk, peregrine falcon, turkey vulture and gyrfalcon. Show times can be found on the daily schedule.

This coming weekend is Family Fuse at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 10AM—5PM. The theme this weekend is dreams: “expect the unexpected and consider the absurd as artists, dancers, musicians, filmmakers and other creative artists lead workshops, performances, tours and activities proving that there are no limits to the imagination”.

Finally, there are a number of community festivals going on this weekend: Cedar Cottage, The Drive, Mount Pleasant, Marpole and Champlain Heights.

See you next week.