The Playground: September 9th – 15th


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, don’t hesitate to contact me.This weeks events include a crafty birthday celebration, a couple festivals and the return of Movies for Mommies.


On a evening bike ride along the Central Valley Trail, we stumbled upon Deer Lake park in Burnaby.  I’m sure this place isn’t new to most of you but did you know that you can rent row boats, paddle boats, canoes and kayaks?  Boat Rentals are available daily in the summer, on weekends and “sunny days” in the spring and fall. Since it looks like summer has decided to stick around awhile longer so pack up the family (with a picnic) and set sail.

We went on a weekday evening and had the lake to ourselves.  Sadie really enjoyed watching the ducks and lily pads and waving to the folks on the surrounding paths.

With rental rates starting at just $17/hour, it’s a great escape in the middle of the city.  If you time it just right, I’m sure you can take in one heck of a sunset.

COMMUNITY EVENTS:  September 9th – 15th

Hapa-palooza Festival

September 7th – 10th
Various locations downtown
Hapapalooza is vibrant celebration filled with music, dance, literary, artistic and film performances.  Hapa-Palooza places prominence on celebrating and stimulating awareness of mixed-roots identity, especially amongst youth.  With events taking place at the Vancouver Library Central Branch, The Roundhouse Community Centre and Robson Square, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Collage Collage Turns 2!
September 9th – 15th
621 Kingsway Vancouver BC

Everyone’s favourite craft depot is turning 2 and you are invited to the party!  All week long, enjoy FREE drop in craft workshops, printmaking workshop at the Contemporary Art Gallery(with parade!), colouring and live music.  Check out their website for a detailed list of events.

13th Annual Fleetwood Festival

September 10
11am – 3pm
Fleetwood Community Centre
Make the trek out to Surrey for a sunny afternoon fill with miniature golf, bouncy castles, giant ball pit, face paintings, dancers, wizard & music, mini trackless train, and more.

8th Annual Corn Festival
September 10
11:00am – 5:30pm
 Britannia Community Centre Gym D
This annual festival celebrates the cultural, political and social importance of corn. Hosted by the Canada El Salvador Action Network Society, featuring a farmer’s market, food vendors and free, fun, family entertainment. There will be live Latin music, face painting and the crowning of Corn Queen 2011. All profits will be used to support a community radio station in San Salvador.

10th Annual Southlands Country Fair
September 11th
10:00am -4:00pm
Southlands Riding Club

Enjoy a day in the country without leaving the city.  Pony rides, petting farm, horse entertainment, games, book/thrift sale, silent auction, farmers market, music and much more! Entry is by donation, some activities may cost a small fee but many others are free.

The Festival of Reunion?
September 11
?10 am-6 pm Regular Admission ?
7pm-9:30pm by Donation
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Traditionally, families and friends gather to celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season at Mid-Autumn Festival. Moon cakes are shared under the brightest moon of the year.   This year’s full-day extravaganza entails fortune telling, traditional games, mooncake tasting & tea, community lantern making and live music.

Movies for Mommies presents Bridesmaids
September 14th
Doors open at 11:30am. Movie starts at 12:30pm.
RIO Theatre Vancouver

Movies for Mommies returns  at the RIO for a baby friendly screening of the hilarious Bridesmaids.  Show up early and take advantage of a complimentary photo shoot courtesy of Vairdy Photography.

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