Family Activities in Vancouver (May 10 - 12)


1. Richmond Night Market (All Ages) 

Reminiscent of the all-night shopping extravaganzas seen across Asia, this food and retail experience features a cross-section of cultures and cuisine from more than 100 food stalls and 200 retail vendors.


Date: Fridays - Sundays & Holidays, May 10 - October 13

Time: 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Address: 8351 River Rd., Richmond

Price: adults $4.25, children (under 8) FREE, senior (60+) FREE, $28 for 6 visits

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2. Pop-Up Roller Rink  (All Ages)

Feather your hair and put on your jean jacket - it’s Rock Star Night!


Date: Saturday, May 11

Time: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

  All-Ages Family Skate: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Short Track Roller Derby Bout: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

Adult Skate with DJ (ages 16+): 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Address: Robson Square Rink - 800 Robson St., Vancouver

Price: admission $15, skate rentals $10, children (under 12) admission + skate rentals $15

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3. Surrey RCMP 5th Annual Open House (All Ages) 

This fun, family-friendly event will include police vehicles, food, Air 1, Emergency Response Team, Dive Team, kids' watch briefings, forensics, and more. 


Date: Saturday, May 11

Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Address: Surrey RCMP Main Detachment - 14355 57th Ave., Surrey

Price: FREE

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4. City of Vancouver Family Fun Fair (All Ages)

Enjoy free family fun and meet the people who make your city run! Highlights include games, pony rides, a hay ride, and face painting, plus a performance from popular children’s musicians Bobs & LoLo. The City will also highlight their work through booths, equipment shows, and displays from many city departments, including Engineering Services, the Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Fire and Rescue and Vancouver Public Library. 


Date: Saturday, May 11

Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Address: Manitoba Works Yard - 250 W. 70th Ave., Vancouver

Price: FREE

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5. UBC Science Rendezvous Festival (All Ages)

Many departments on UBC campus will host demos, workshops, and hands-on experiments. This year the UBC Arts & Culture District joins in with quantum physics poetry and 3D-printed violin performances. New partners including Scouts Canada, UBC Forestry, Geering Up, and TRIUMF will also be part of the celebration.


Date: Saturday, May 11

Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Address: Beaty Biodiversity Museum - 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver

Price: FREE

Reminder: Visitors can also participate in the Science Chase - visit all check points before 2 p.m. to win some awesome prizes including free summer camp spots, circuit kits, dinosaur bone samples, and Science Rendezvous T-shirts. 

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6. Burnaby Festival of Learning  

The Burnaby Festival of Learning features dozens of free events designed for people at all stages of life. 


Date, Time, Address: 


Tech Expo

Friday, May 10, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

British Columbia Institute of Technology


The Gaming Stadium: Free Play

Friday, May 10, 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Metropolis at Metrotown, Grand Court 


The Gaming Stadium: Esports Day

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Hilton Vancouver Metrotown 



Science Rendezvous and International Astronomy Day

Super Science Game Show

Creation of the Moon and Lunar Geology

Introduction to the Art and Science of Observational Astronomy 

Magic Chemistry Show 

What’s New in the Search for Exoplanets and Extraterrestrial Life 

Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Simon Fraser University 


Price: FREE

Reminder: Registration is highly recommended.

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7. MOM=WOW (8+) 

Make mom laugh 'til her sides hurt on May 12 with this special one-performance-only mom-themed show exploring the many facets of motherhood.


Date: Sunday, May 12

Time: 4 p.m.

Address: Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St., Granville Island, Vancouver

Price: $25, includes a pre-show beverage

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8. Amazing Animal Moms 

Mom’s the word as we examine parenting techniques of several different species, from devoted mother bears to young garter snakes that are independent from birth.


Date: Sunday, May 12

Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Address: Kanaka Creek Regional Park - meet at 11450 256th St., Maple Ridge

Price: FREE

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9. Books & Brunch

Featuring Shelley Wood, author of The Quintland Sisters, This new, quarterly Books & Brunch series pairs a riveting author with an expansive spread of breakfast goodies at Dockside Restaurant on Granville Island. 


Date: Saturday, May 11

Time: 10 a.m.

Address: Dockside Restaurant - 1253 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver

Price: $60

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10. Cross Cultural Strathcona Walking Tour

The Cross Cultural Strathcona Walking Tour celebrates the rich layered history of Vancouver’s downtown east side neighborhoods: Hogan’s Alley, Jewish Strathcona, Japantown, and Chinatown. The guided walking tour builds awareness of the contributions of early immigrant communities then and now, in celebration of Vancouver Asian Heritage Month and Canada’s Jewish Heritage Month. The theme is “education”.


Date: Sundays, May 5, 12, 19 & 26

Time: 11 a.m. OR 1:30 p.m. 

Address: Lord Strathcona Elementary School - 592 East Pender Street, Vancouver

Price: $15 [FREE for children under 18 and for moms on Mother’s Day]

Reminder: Each tour has a maximum of 15 participants limit. Registration is needed at

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