11 things to do in Vancouver this week: April 13 to 19

Apr 13 2020, 7:00 am

Need some at-home inspiration to pass the time this week?

If you’re getting tired of playing Animal Crossing or you’ve watched every show available on Netflix, we’ve got some ideas that will help you spice up your week.



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Each Monday, the Port Moody Public Library hosts Babytime: half an hour of songs and stories for kids of all ages. In order to participate, be on the lookout for a Facebook live stream on the Port Moody Public Library Facebook page at 10:30 am.

Date: Monday, April 13
Time: 10:30 am

Quarantine and Chill Yoga

Before the pandemic, Flatspot in Chinatown hosted a weekly hour-long yoga session in their skate shop. Although their Monday night yoga is currently on hold, Sam James from Unity From Within has provided the spot with a follow-along yoga exercise for you to do at home.

Date: Any day
Time: Anytime

Host a virtual happy hour


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With so many video calling apps available, there’s no reason to hold off on your Friday night beer club.

If you’re out of food or drinks, order from one of the restaurants on our ultimate list of delivery and takeout options in Vancouver.

Brews & Tunes


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Join Stanley Park Brewing in celebrating healthcare workers by staying indoors and enjoying an evening of live music and fresh beer. From 7 to 8:30 pm, tune in to Stanley Park Brewing’s Instagram story to enjoy songs and drinks with Brock M. Phillips.

Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 7 pm

Live Soccer Skills Clinic with the Vancouver Whitecaps

If you’re missing out on sports, join in on an online soccer skills clinic with the Vancouver Whitecaps. All you’ll need is a steady internet connection, a ball, two walls or surfaces to bounce the ball off of, an object to act as a cone, and space to dribble.

At 2 pm on Monday to Friday, visit the Whitecaps website to join their skills clinic with Coach Bart Choufour and possibly even a few players. Those who’d like to follow along without being featured on the main screen should turn off their video or watch along on the Whitecaps YouTube.

Date: Monday to Friday
Time: 2 pm

Take a virtual tree walk


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Just because you can’t explore the cherry blossoms in person doesn’t mean that they should be left under-appreciated. Head over to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom webpage to enjoy one of six virtual tree walks in locations where festival walks were scheduled to take place.

You’ll be able to see the beautiful blooms in Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, UBC, Downtown, the West End, Strathcona, and around the Joy Kogawa House.

Date: Any day
Time: Anytime

Family paint night at home


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If you’ve got some acrylic paint, paper, brushes, and water in your house, you’re all set to join Surrey-based Zealous Art as they walk you through a Friday night paint party. You’ll end the night knowing how to paint some gorgeous branches and little flowers.

Date: Friday, April 17
Time: 7 pm

A Private View

Stay indoors while getting a peek of life through someone else’s eyes. Iris Film Collective member John Woods gave a roll of expired colour film stock to each member of the collective, inviting them to prepare a time lapse of their view from home. This Saturday, enjoy a showing of one of their films online.

Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: Video will be shared online at 9 am

Social Seclusion Live Series

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Get ready to rave with Vancouver-based Chachou and Dufster as they lead you into a night of social inclusion. At 7 pm, pop onto Facebook to load up their back-to-back livestream.

Date: Sunday, April 19
Time: 7 pm

Learn to play an instrument


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We’re not judging you if you haven’t touched that guitar since you bought it five years ago. Instead, we urge you to sign up for three months of free lessons with Fender Play.

Fender is offering free lessons for the guitar, bass, and ukulele.

Date: Any day
Time: Anytime

Host a virtual game night


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We get it, you’re missing your friends.

Just because you can’t meet up in person, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be having your regular game nights. We love playing Jackbox GamesCards Against Humanity, and even Uno.

You can also stick to classic Facebook games such as multiplayer Words with Friends, Bingo, Draw Something, and more.

Date: Any day
Time: Anytime

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