The province's second BC Family Day is this February 10, 2014, and there are lots of special events and family activities happening around Vancouver for the holiday. Use this list of the Top 10 Things to Do on BC Family Day in Vancouver to find the perfect activity for you and your family!
1. Free Ice Skating at Robson Square
One of the top free things to do on BC Family Day in Vancouver is skate at the Robson Square Ice Rink, Vancouver's only outdoor ice skating venue. Free ice skating at Robson Square runs through February 28, 2014, including 9am-9pm on BC Family Day (February 10). Skate rentals are $4; cleats and helmets are $2.
2. Half-Price Lift Tickets & Family Activities on Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain celebrates the first-ever BC Family Day with half-priced lift tickets and general admission tickets for all BC residents, plus multiple family events, including a by-donation pancake breakfast, family photo ops, kids' activities, and special family-friendly terrain parks.
Learn more: Grouse Mountain Family Day 2014
3. Family-Themed Sleep Over at the Vancouver Aquarium
A visit to the Vancouver Aquarium is definitely one of the best things to do on BC Family Day in Vancouver, but it can also be a special event the night before: The Aquarium's Wacky, Wacky World of Aquatic Science is a family-themed after-hours / sleep over event that includes interactive play, "ocean themed experiments," and a chance to spend the night with the Belugas. Happens February 9, 2014.
4. Free Kids' Admission at the Vancouver Art Gallery
The Vancouver Art Gallery celebrates BC Family Day with free admission for kids 12 and under, live music, interactive shadow play, tours and hands-on art making activities. Kids will also get a "goodie bag" courtesy of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
Learn more: BC Family Day at the Vancouver Art Gallery
5. Vancouver Giants Family Day Game
Sponsored by Telus and in celebration of BC Family Day, the Vancouver Giants play the Victoria Royals on February 10. This (now?) annual event is one of the top things to do on BC Family Day in Vancouver, since it includes a post-game party with autographs with members of the Giants, live music, interactive games, floor hockey, popcorn, and more.
Tickets & Info here: Vancouver Giants vs. Victoria Royals
6. Free Kids' Admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame
For more sports-themed family fun, head to the BC Sports Hall of Fame on BC Family Day for free admission for kids 12 and under (when they wear red mittens), a scavenger hunt, a celebration of the four-year anniversary of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and more.
Learn more: BC Sports Hall of Fame
7. BC Family Day at the Richmond Children's Arts Festival
Richmond's 6th annual Children's Arts Festival features interactive Creativity Classes and art activities for kids 12 and under, led by local professional artists, plus special events like Wonderland Circus by Circus West.
Learn more: Richmond Children's Arts Festival
8. Vancouver Attractions for Kids
Lots of the top Vancouver Attractions for Kids--including Science World--have special activities and events planned for BC Family Day. Use my guide to the best attractions for kids to decide which attraction to visit on February 10, 2014.
Learn more: Best Vancouver Attractions for Kids
9. Explore the Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Vancouver
It's easy to find things to do in Vancouver with kids. There are loads of free activities, parks and beaches to visit, places to bike and hike, fun and educational things to do on a rainy day, family-friendly museums and Vancouver attractions, and much, much more!
Learn more: Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Vancouver
10. Take a Family Weekend Getaway or Day Trip
Vancouver is perfectly situated for a wide range of day trips and weekend getaways. The Best Vancouver Day Trips take you to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Pacific Northwest, to some of North America's top ski and snowboard resorts, to picturesque villages and historic cities for shopping and strolling, and to the best spots for outdoor recreation, including camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and more.
Learn more: Best Weekend Getaways & Day Trips from Vancouver
Don't have kids? Top 5 Romantic Getaways from Vancouver
11. Bonus: Vancouver Outdoor Activities
One of the best things to do on BC Family Day in Vancouver--or for the whole long weekend--is head to the mountains and parks around Vancouver for a day of outdoor exercise, hiking, biking, or family camping. Use these Guides to find the best Vancouver Outdoor Activities for your family:
- Quick Guide to Vancouver Outdoor Activities
- Camping in Vancouver
- Hiking in Vancouver
- Skiing, Snowboard & Snow Sports in Vancouver
- Snowshoeing in Vancouver
Too cold or rainy? Go indoor rock climbing, bounce on a trampoline, and more at Vancouver's Best Indoor Activities.