4 1/2 kid friendly events not for the faint of art 



If you are like me, and have been attending Emily Carr University for the past several (seriously, almost 6) years, then perhaps your kids are already emerged in the Vancouver art-scene. But! If you have a real job, I could hazard a guess that they may be itching for something out of the ordinary… Well, do I have the solution for you. This week Vancouver is buzzing with a number of diverse ways to introduce your kids to some good old-fashioned art and culture. 

Now, I don’t want to catch flack for the 1/2 thing, and it wasn’t an error (believe it or not)… The Vancouver Art Gallery Weekend Family Programs are ongoing, so while not time-sensitive, I still wanted them to make the list.


Go Back to Oz

That’s right, Oz. Follow the yellow brick road to the mythical Emerald City on the big screen on Sunday, November 16th at 1pm. This all ages event is sure to please, and may be the last opportunity to watch Toto in this technicolor land of wizards and witches in a theatre setting.

If you are that cool, and come dressed as your favourite Oz character, you can also have your face painted by a real makeup artist starting at noon.

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Lay Down a Cool Track

On Sunday, November 16th, why don’t you show them who’s boss and buy, sell and trade some new and used vinyl records at the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair? The Heritage Hall an 3102 Main Street hosts this event from 11am – 5pm.

With thousands of records for sale, you can stock up on some classics, and introduce your kids to the ways of yesteryear. The event also features Vinyl Spinnin’ DJs the Knights of the Turntable… so your kids will actually see someone in action in case you had retired your tables before you had a chance to really make a name for yourself (thank you very much having kids in a one bedroom and den).

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Crawling for Kids

November 22 and 23 from 12-3pm, melk art & design are opening up their studio at 936 Clark Drive for an event called “Crawling for Kids” to celebrate the Eastside Culture Crawl.  Children and their families are invited into the studio to create their own screen-printed and stencilled works of art! melk, along with the Eastside Culture Crawl and Opus aim to cultivate a strong sense of art and community in East Vancouver’s children and future generations of artists.

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Dance All Sorts

Vancouver-based Grupo America has dazzled international audiences with spectacular performances, featuring top dancers and choreographers from leading folkloric ballet companies across Latin America.

On November 16th, you have opportunity to bring the kiddos to a performance at The Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre, at 2pm, and then a dance workshop (limited to 30 people, so email info@newworks.ca to reserve) at 3:15pm. At a $5 suggested donation for the under-12 crowd, this is a treat for all the senses, and the wallet too.

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Every Sunday, the Gallery offers unique activities geared towards children 12 & under and their families. Join the team of Art Agents as they bring the exhibitions to life. Then move on to The Making Place, to experiment with themes, processes and materials in a number of engaging art-making activities.

These ongoing weekend events are FREE for Children 12 & under. That’s what’s up.

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peaks-and-harbours Bree Galbraith is the co-founder of Peaks and Harbours, a Vancouver “not just for moms” blog that showcases everything our city has to offer the younger crowd. @breegalbraith