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28 things to do in Vancouver this Family Day weekend: February 10 to 12

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Daniel Chai Feb 09, 2018 9:30 am 3,742

Happy Family Day weekend, everyone! Gather your loved ones and check out our list of things to check out this long weekend.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Family Day at West Richmond Community Centre

  • What: Bring your family and fuel up with a free pancake breakfast, arts and crafts and family style games.
  • When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 12 pm
  • Where: West Richmond Community Centre – 9180 No. 1 Rd, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Coast Salish Demo & Stories Featuring Brandon Gabriel

  • What: Brandon Gabriel is a multi-talented contemporary mixed media artist who specializes in painting, drawing, illustration, graphic design, architectural design concepts, public art installations and photography. His work has been exhibited in the UK, Hong Kong, US and across Canada. The demonstration will include Brandon making a traditional Coast Salish drum as well as telling stories.
  • When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Art Gallery – 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: By donation – pay what you can at the door

Cocoa Latte – Our Story Our Narrative

  • What: Part of a year-long education master class series exploring the collective Black experience. Hear untold stories of Black leadership, ingenuity, and empowerment, from a broad cross section of authors, thought leaders, and community advocates.
  • When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: 302-4460 Beresford Street, Burnaby
  • RSVP: On Eventbrite

Snowed In Comedy Tour

  • What: Four international comedians come together to create one amazing show. Featuring Just for Laughs winner Dan Quinn, MC Craig Campbell, Great Canadian Laugh Off winner Paul Myrehaug, and five time Canadian Comedian of the year nominee, Pete Zedlacher.
  • When:  Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8:30 pm
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver,
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Vancouver Stealth versus Saskatchewan Rush

  • What: Vancouver Stealth take on the Saskatchewan Rush in National Lacrosse League action at the Langley Events Centre.
  • When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online

Unarmed Verses

  • What: Unarmed Verses offers a striking portrait of a community facing relocation; 12-year-old Francine, one of the community’s youngest members, is the focus of this documentary. Sent to Canada from Antigua at the age of four, Francine uses poignant observations and the power of art to give voice to those rarely heard.
  • When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Carnegie Reading Room – 401 Main St., Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Valentine’s Couples Cooking Demo & Dinner

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Valentine’s Day Table Setting/Shutterstock

  • What: Enjoy a full menu demonstration and seat in our candlelight restaurant room to enjoy the three-course dinner with a glass of wine. Menu: French Onion Soup, Filo Wrapped Salmon, and Creme Brulee.
  • When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $85; buy via Eventbrite

Family Fun Days at the Nature Park

  • What: Visit Richmond Nature Park for adventurous family fun. Explore the bog through special scavenger hunts, then stop by the Woodland photo booth. Choose a wacky animal prop, snap a family portrait and create a take-home twig picture frame.
  • When: Saturday, February 10 to Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Times: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: Free, though admission are appreciated

Heritage Valentine’s Day Card Making

  • What: Decorate Edwardian style cards for your Valentine, friends, or family. All supplies provided. Plus try delicious sugar cookies from a 1915 recipe. Open to families, youth, and adults.
  • When: 
  • Time: 11 am to 2:30 pm
  • Where: Mackin House – 1116 Brunette Ave, Coquitlam
  • Registration: Online, By Donation

One Love: Bob Marley Birthday Celebration Bash

  • What: Celebrate music legend Bob Marley’s birthday with live performance by Canadian reggae sensation Steele. Also performing will be BOOM-DADDY band, Redemption Sound DJ Bradley, and George Barrett. Jamaican food on sale.
  • When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8:30 pm
  • Where: Grandview Legion Hall, Upstairs – 2205 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available at Highlife Music, Zulu Records and Island Vibes, $25

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Family Day at Pinetree

  • What: Bring the family to Pinetree for Family Day drop-in and enjoy bouncy castle, popcorn, and gym games. Appropriate for children up to 12 years with parents.
  • When: Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 3 pm
  • Where: Pinetree Community Centre – 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

The House of Yes

  • What: The House of Yes is a stylish, independent production put on by a first-time director, Missy Cross, who also performs in the play. Described as a mashup of The Addams Family and Long Day’s Journey into Night, this black comedy will delve into a dysfunctional family’s ultimate need for love and connection.
  • When: Now to Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Studio 1393, Granville Island – #101 – 1393 Cartwright St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Eventbrite; $20

Motown The Musical

Image: Joan Marcus

  • What: ​The abridged history of Motown is brought to life through this Broadway musical, featuring label icons like Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. Featuring a total of 66 songs from the era, Motown is not only one man’s legacy (the musical based on founder Berry Gordy’s autobiography), but the triumph of African-American music and artists through the historic record label.
  • When: Now to Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Ticketmaster; $45-$130

The Rocky Mountaineer Job Fair 

  • What: The luxury train company is hiring for three teams. First of all, you can work onboard the train rolling through the breathtaking Rockies, delivering impeccable hospitality to guests. You can also work at Rocky Mountaineer’s stations located in world-class destinations, and thirdly, in the Guest Experience Contact Centre at Vancouver’s head office.
  • When: Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 7 pm
  • Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station – 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Take a Photo Walk and learn to take better pictures

  • What: Explore the world around you and up your iPhone photography skills during this Photo Walk with Apple. You’ll venture out and learn how to shoot images with more meaning using filters, framing, and other techniques. Just make sure your device is fully charged! See what other free workshops they have to offer here.
  • When: Sunday, February 11
  • Time: 12:30 to 2 pm
  • Where: Apple Coquitlam Centre – 2929 Barnet Highway, Coquitlam
  • Price: Free

Legally Blonde

  • What: Everyone’s favourite sorority queen turned corporate lawyer is back. This crowd-pleasing rendition of Legally Blonde will feature local stars and up-and-coming talent. The nostalgic trip back to Reese Witherspoon’s initial breakout role will have digging pink all over again, in this musical celebration of brains and beauty.
  • When: Now to Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Michael J. Fox Theatre – 7373 Macpherson Ave, Burnaby
  • Tickets: At VTix; $27-$39

Eastside Flea Spring Markets

  • What: Featuring more than 50 local vendors, rotating food trucks, seasonal drink specials, artisan showrooms, pinball, door prizes, and more.
  • When: Every other weekend until Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $3 or $5 weekend pass

LunarFest 2018

  • What: LunarFest is Canada’s premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture which began back in 2009, built to be a Vancouver Winter Olympics Legacy event. Since then it has extended to other areas in BC and Ontario where it brings soul, art, and life together on one stage. This year marks the fourth year the festival is teaming up with Vancouver’s Oakridge Centre, to celebrate the Lunar New Year in style and high fashion.
  • When: Now to February 25, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Oakridge Centre – 650 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Black History Month at VIFF

  • What: A month of movies shining a spotlight on African-North American film and history, includes exciting new work from young Canadian filmmakers, a focus on inspirational women, and finds recurring themes in the power of music, political protest, and education. Includes an exclusive Vancouver run of Senegal’s Félicité, which is up for the Best Foreign Language Oscar this year.
  • When: Now to Monday, February 26
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: VIFF – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $11-$13 per film, or buy a 3-pack for $30

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Takashi Murakami, Tan Tan Bo Puking–a.k.a. Gero Tan, 2002/Vancouver Art Gallery

  • What: The Vancouver Art Gallery presents Canada’s first-ever retrospective of international art icon, Takashi Murakami. The collection is set to feature more than 55 works of art, from Murakami’s earliest paintings to his recent large-scale projects, including a newly-created five-metre-tall sculpture, as well as two multi-panel paintings created especially for the Vancouver exhibition.
  • When: Now to Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays until 9 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Family Valentine’s Train Ride

  • What: Bear Creek Train & Mini Golf presents the Family Valentine’s Train Ride, along with a crafting table and mini golf.
  • When: Now to Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm daily
  • Where: Bear Creek Park – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Admission: $6

Monday, February 12, 2018

Family Flag Day at the Historic Stewart Farm

  • What: Go back in time for a unique family experience at the Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey. The free, fun-filled drop-in event for all ages includes a chance to make a family crest, pioneer children’s games, a guided tour of the house, and more.
  • When: Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 3 pm
  • Where: Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Lunar New Year Fest

  • What: Celebrate Lunar New Year at Central City with free family fun. Cultural music, dance, crafts, lucky draws, a traditional lion dance, and more. Plus a free goodie bag giveaway for the first 300 people at the event.
  • When: Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Central City Shopping Centre – 10153 King George Blvd, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

2018 Children’s Arts Festival

  • What: Kids under 12 can immerse themselves in a wide range of hands-on workshops led by professional artists and performers. Dance the day away with the Big Easy Funk Ensemble, get down with the Blues Berries, be amazed with the ever-popular Magic 2 Go, get your sillies out with Tickle Me Pickle and create your way through the many kid-inspired Imagination Stations.
  • When: Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Richmond Cultural Centre 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $5 General Festival Admission, $15/each Creativity Class (includes General Festival Admission)

Family Day at Surrey Nature Centre

  • What: ​Celebrate being a family outdoors at the Surrey Nature Centre. Test your skills at the family challenge station, go on a guided nature walk, join a story time and more.
  • When: Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Surrey Nature Centre – 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Family Day at the Carousel

  • What: Enjoy Family Day at Burnaby Village Museum, with a children’s entertainer, children’s art activities, heritage games, and unlimited carousel rides.
  • When: Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Time: 11 to 2 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: $6.50 per person, $5.85 per member

Family Day Winter Festival

  • What: ​​Enjoy a pancake breakfast, ice skating, live entertainment, crafts and more on Family Day.
  • When: Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 1:30 pm
  • Where: Bill Copeland Sports Centre – 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: $4 pancake breakfast, $2 skating

Family Day Skate

  • What: Celebrate Family Day with ice skating, face painting, crafts, a magic show and balloon art by Gizmo.
  • When: Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Recreation Complex – 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody
  • Admission: $3.50. Ages 3 years and under are free. Includes limited rentals.
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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