Looking for something to do on the BC Family Day Long Weekend in February 2018 in Vancouver? There are so many fun activities to choose from.
In 2018 the Family Day Long Weekend took place February 10-12. In 2019 it’ll be on the third weekend of the same month, so on February 16-18.
Family Day Activities 2018
Depending on what you like to do, and who to do it with, you are sure to find something you’ll like from the list below of great Family Day weekend activities and places to visit.
Family Day activities listed in this article include events in the following municipalities:
Click any of the above locations to jump to events in a particular region, or simply continue reading to see what’s going on throughout the Lower Mainland.
Note #1: Event times and details are subject to change.
Special Events for Family Day 2018
In 2018 the following special Family Day activities took place:
Vancouver Family Day Events
- Family Day at Britannia Ice Rink – free ice skating at 1661 Napier Street from 1:00 until 3:30 pm on the holiday Monday. Activities also included snacks, face painting and crafts.
- Vancouver Aquarium – annual memberships were 25% off if you purchased them between February 10th and 12th in 2018. Also, family-friendly activities ran all weekend and included family photo opportunities, a puppet show, storytelling and face painting.
- 2-for-1 at VanDusen Garden – admission to the VanDusen Botanical Garden was two-for-the-price-of-one from February 9th to 12th.
- 2-for-1 at the Bloedel Conservatory – admission to the glass-domed garden attraction at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park was two-for-the-price-of-one from February 9th to 12th.
- Museum of Vancouver – free admission on the holiday Monday between 10 and 5 pm.
- Vancouver Lookout – on the holiday Monday admission was free for children ages 16 and under when accompanied by a paying adult.
- Family Day at Queen Elizabeth Theatre – free crafts, hot chocolate, music and guided tours on Monday February 12th from 11 am to 2 pm.
- Family Day in Marpole – free bouncy toys, balloons, face painting, games and live entertainment at Marpole Community Centre at 990 West 59th Avenue on Saturday, February 10th, from 11 am until 2 pm. Advanced registration not required.
- Family Day at Renfrew – free activities including a bouncy castle, balloon animals, face painting and crafts at the Renfrew Community Centre on Saturday, February 10th, from noon until 3 pm. Advanced registration required.
- Family Day at Trout Lake – a free Family Festival at the Trout Lake Community Centre from 11 am to 3 pm on the Monday. Activities included skating, gym time, live entertainment, bouncy castle and crafts. Advanced registration required.
Family Day in Burnaby
- Burnaby Village – special activities for young children from 11 am until 2 pm on the holiday Monday included unlimited carousel rides. Cost was $6.50 per person. The normally free museum and its historic buildings are closed for the season, however, including on this day. Space is always limited for this event so pre-registration was recommended.
- Burnaby Rec Centres – a variety of activities took place at municipal venues throughout Burnaby on the Monday including the following:
- Family Day Winter Festival – at the Bill Copeland Sports Complex at 3676 Kensington Avenue from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Activities included a pancake breakfast (by minimum $4 donation), skating for $2 (including skates and helmet rental), live entertainment, face painting and craft activities.
- Family Sports Drop-in – at the Bonsor Recreation Complex at 6550 Bonsor Avenue for children (ages 3 to 12) and their parents from noon until 2 pm. Cost was a Loonie per person and activities included indoor soccer, basketball, dodgeball and floor hockey.
- Loonie Swim – family swim time at the CG Brown Pool at 3702 Kensington Avenue was from 12:30 until 3:30 pm and costs just $1 per person.
- Family Recreation Time – at Edmonds Community Centre at 7433 Edmonds Street from 9 am until 6:30 pm. Various activities ran at different times throughout the day. Some were free and others cost $1. Family activities to choose from included gym time, tai chi, zumba, basketball and racquet sports (where equipment was provided).
- Family Day Toonie Skate – at the Kensington Recreation Complex at 6159 Curtis Street from 6 until 8 pm. Cost was $2 per person and includes equipment rental.
- Family Day Hike – starting at 1 pm from the beach at Deer Lake, the hike included outdoor games, a hike, hot chocolate and snacks. It was free to join with pre-registration.
Family Day on The North Shore
- Cypress Mountain – Cypress offered 50% off Skooter and Child ski, snowshoe, cross-country and tubing passes starting at 5 pm on the Friday and then all day on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Also, fireworks blasted off at 8 pm on the Friday and Sunday.
- Grouse Mountain – 50% off admission to the mountain for fun in the snow on Monday, February 12, 2018. (Note: unlike in previous years, the discount applied to ski lift tickets too – not just the SkyRide tram ride up!)
- Mount Seymour – kids skied for free after 2:30 pm on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday (maximum of 2 free kids per paying adult).
- Family Day at Lonsdale Quay – a pancake breakfast, tiny petting zoo, face painting and craft activities took place from 10 am until 1 pm.
- Capilano Suspension Bridge – a year-long family membership at the attraction cost just $89 plus taxes if purchased between February 10th and the 12th.
- North Van Rec Centres – Toonie swims and skates took place at the following venues on the holiday Monday:
- Delbrook Rec Centre – Toonie swims from 12 to 4 pm and again from 6 to 8 pm. There was also free open gym for folk ages 8+ from 3 until 5:30 pm.
- Harry Jerome Rec Centre – Toonie swims from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm and Toonie skates (including rentals) from 11:30 am until 1 pm and again from 1:30 until 3 pm.
- Karen Magnussen – a Toonie swim for the public from 9 am until 8 pm, public skating for $2 from 11:30 am until 1 pm, and a $2 Valentine’s skate from 1:15 to 2:45 pm.
- Ron Andrews Rec Centre – Toonie swims from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm and again from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Family Day Events in Richmond
- Richmond Children’s Art Festival – various imagination stations and performances both indoors and outdoors at the Richmond Cultural Centre at 7700 Minoru Gate on Monday, February 12, 2018. Admission was $5 and the range of activities is impressive.
- Family Fun Days at the Nature Park – a scavenger hunt and other family-friendly activities at the Richmond Nature Park at 11851 Westminster Highway from 11 am until 4 pm on February 10-12, 2018. It’s a simple event, but nice to do.
Family Day Events in Surrey
- Valentine’s Train at Bear Creek Park – the miniature train at Bear Creek Park ran from February 3rd to 14th from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission was $6 per person and included crafts activities.
- Flag Day at Stewart Farm – free crafts, games and tours of the farm house at 13723 Crescent Road in South Surrey on the Monday from 12 until 3 pm.
- Family Day in Surrey – free activities at various municipal venues including the following:
- Free Family-Friendly Games – at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, Cloverdale Recreation Centre, Fleetwood Community Centre, Fraser Heights Recreation Centre, Guildford Recreation Centre and South Surrey Recreation Centre from late morning until early or mid-afternoon on the holiday Monday.
- South Surrey Indoor Pool – free swimming from 1:30 until 3 pm on the Monday.
- Free Swimming in Surrey – free family swims at other public recreation centre pools in Surrey at various times on February 12th.
Family Day Events in New Westminster
- Family Day in New Westminster – free and almost free family-friendly activities at the following locations:
- Queensborough Community Centre – at 920 Ewen Avenue from 9:30 until 11:30 am on the stat holiday. Activities here included a bouncy castle and crafts, plus free admission to the fitness centre.
- Moody Park Arena – free public skating and skate rentals at 701 Eighth Avenue between 12:30 and 3 pm and again from 6 until 8 pm on the Monday.
- Canada Games Pool – free public swim and fitness centre access at 65 East Sixth Avenue from 11:30 am until 3 pm on the Monday. Activities included face painting, duck races down the water slide and other family-friendly activities.
- Family Fun Zone at Anvil Centre – free music by local youth bands plus crafts and games at 777 Columbia Street between 11 am and 3 pm on the Monday. It’s an impressive event in a large facility with lots of things to do. It’s also close to other New West Family activities just down the street.
- River Market – balloon animals, crafts, face painting, games and Vancouver Circus School performances at 810 Quayside Drive from 11 am until 3 pm on the Monday.
- Fraser River Discovery Centre – featuring the venue’s regular educational exhibits and activities, but for free, at 788 Quayside Drive between 10 am and 4 pm on the Monday.
Family Day in the Sea to Sky Region
- Britannia Mine – the museum offered 50% off admission on the holiday Monday.
- Sea to Sky Gondola – half price admission for everyone from February 10th to 12th.
- Whistler-Blackcomb – half price ski tickets for residents of BC on Monday, February 12th.
Family Day in Other Parts of Town
Special Family Day Weekend activities also took place in the following municipalities (among others):
Family Day in Langley
- Fort Langley – Family Day activities including bannock-making took place on the holiday Monday. See the Fort Langley website for details.
Family Day in Aldergrove
- Greater Vancouver Zoo – 50% off admission Monday to Thursday in February, but 30% off on the Family Day Monday.
Family Day in Delta
- Delta Recreation Centres – a number of free activities took place on the Sunday and holiday Monday at various Delta recreation centres including the following:
- Amazing Races – free family-friendly races around the South Delta Recreation Centre on the holiday Monday from 1 until 4 pm. Register in teams of 4.
- Family Day Art Creations – free craft activities that the whole family could participate in together happened at both the North Delta Recreation Centre on the Sunday and Tsawwassen Arts Centre on the Monday from 1 until 2 pm.
- Family Day at Tsawwassen Mills – the giant shopping mall out by the Ferries offered a selection of simple kid-friendly activities throughout the February 10 to 12 weekend each day from 1 to 5 pm. There was a family photo booth and interactive colouring mural by Entry 3, a face painting station not far from the food court, and balloons near the Bass Pro Shop. It’s nothing huge, but a little bonus for kids while their parents shop.
Family Day in Maple Ridge
- Family Day in Maple Ridge – included free lantern-making workshops and crafts at the ACTS Art Centre on Monday, February 12th. Tickets to see the performance by children’s entertainer Rick Scott cost $15.
Family Day in Port Moody
- Working on the Railroad – a Family Day event at the Port Moody Station Museum on the Monday from 10 am to 2 pm. Cost was $10 per family.
Family Day in White Rock
- Free Family Skate in White Rock – free public skating, skate rentals and snacks at Centennial Arena at 14600 North Bluff Road on Monday, February 12th. “Stick & Puck” time was from 10:45 until 11:30 am and “Family Skate” time was from 11:45 until 1:00 pm.
Other Great Places for Families
- Check out Vancouver’s top indoor activities which are great places to visit any time of year, especially if it’s a rainy weekend in February.
- The skiing this year has been pretty good. If we continue to get new snow, a fabulous place to spend the holiday weekend is up at the Lower Mainland’s ski hills.
- If the weather is good then the Family Day long weekend can be an excellent time to enjoy time outdoors. Check out Vancouver’s best places in parks and nature for a list of the best places to go, or take a Frisbee – not your swimsuit – and spend the day hanging out at one of Vancouver’s best beaches.
- Also, if the weather’s good and you’re looking for a bit of exercise, check out Vancouver’s best places to walk, jog or cycle.