The Playground – August 26th – 31st


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.

This weeks events include the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival, a birthday celebration at the Robson Chapters, a Teddy Bear Picnic in Surrey, an African Market, Deep Cove Daze Festival, an outdoor concert and movie.

Greetings Vancouver!  My name is Laurin and I am the new editor of The Playground.    As a born n’ bred Vancouverite, I love showing my 2 year old daughter Sadie (and my Ontario born Husband) all of the great things in this city to do as a kid.  So in addition to the weekly list of community events, I’m going to share with you some of our awesome adventures and hopefully inspire you to check out something or somewhere you’ve never been in this great city of ours.


Our first adventure was to the Pine Leaf wreck located on the north end of the Fraser River.   It is just minutes away from the Knight Street Bridge on River Road in Richmond (between 8 Road and Nelson).   Legend has it the Pine Leaf was owned by H. Bell-Irving Co (Packers and Canners) and was built in the 1930’s.  Here she is in her former glory:

YESTERDAY (image here.)


I don’t know why the boat is in it’s current state, but it is a fun site to see and even more fun to come up with a story or two as to how it got there.  This small, secluded beach off River Road also offers plenty of sand and rocks for little hands to explore.



Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival
August 25th – 28th

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Granville Island

Put on by the Vancouver Wooden Boat Society, the annual Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival is underway at Granville Island.  You can find a variety of displays, demonstrations, workshops, storytellers and an 18th century Spanish long boat at various locations throughout Granville Island.  Visit or call 604-688-9622 for more information.


Indigo Kids Birthday Party!
August 27th
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chapters Robson

The Indigo Kids department at the Chapters on Robson is having a birthday party.  Join them for balloons, cupcakes, lootbags and a SCAREDY SQUIRREL story.


Teddy Bear Picnic
August 27th
1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Historic Stewart Farm
13723 Crescent Road, White Rock

It’s picnic time for teddy bears and the children they own! Bring your favourite bear or stuffed animal for a teddy bear hunt, a teddy bear judging contest, and ice cream and lemonade. Must Pre-register.


African Market
August 27th
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
1985 West Broadway (& Maple Street), Vancouver

Enjoy a sunny summer afternoon filled with African performances,  food, fashion, art and craft.  Activities include making soccer balls with recycled materials and decorating an African hut.  Free fun for the whole family!


Deep Cove Daze Festival
August 28th
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Panorama Park, North Vancouver

Celebrate Deep Cove at their annual Deep Cove Daze festival.  Enjoy  live music,   midway games, artisans, food, beer garden and cardboard kayak races.  For a detailed schedule of events, visit


Music in the Park – Free Summer Concert Series
August 28th
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Grays Park, Vancouver

Head on over to Grays Park as local musicians bring the park alive with music. Bring blankets, a picnic, or just sit and listen together in the great outdoors.


Outdoor Movie – Finding Nemo
August 29th

8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Robson Square

Grab a blanket, some snacks  and enjoy a FREE outdoor screening of Disney’s Finding Nemo at the Robson Square ice rink.   Movie starts at dusk.




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