Looking for something to do on the BC Family Day Long Weekend in February 2019 in Vancouver? There are so many fun activities to choose from.
In 2019 the Family Day Long Weekend takes place February 16-18 (which is a week later than in previous years).
Family Day Activities in Vancouver
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 2019
In 2019 the following special Family Day activities take place in the Lower Mainland:
Vancouver Family Day Events
- Family Day Festival in Marpole – free bouncy toys, balloons, face painting, games and live entertainment at Marpole Community Centre at 990 West 59th Avenue on Saturday, February 16th, 2019, from 11 am until 2 pm. Advanced registration not required.
- Family Day at Trout Lake – a free Family Festival at the Trout Lake Community Centre from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday, February 18th, 2019. Activities include skating, gym time, live entertainment, bouncy castle and crafts.
Events that took place last year are the following (and there’s a chance they’ll be taking place again in 2019 too):
- 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.
- 2-for-1 at VanDusen Garden – admission to the VanDusen Botanical Garden was two-for-the-price-of-one on 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.
- Family Day at Queen Elizabeth Theatre – free crafts, hot chocolate, music and guided tours on Monday February 12th from 11 am to 2 pm.
- 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 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 in Burnaby
- Burnaby Village – special activities for young children from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm on the holiday Monday (February 18, 2019) include unlimited carousel rides. The cost is $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 is recommended.
- Burnaby Rec Centres – a variety of activities take place at municipal venues throughout Burnaby on Monday (February 18, 2019) including the following:
- Family Day Winter Festival – at the Bill Copeland Sports Complex at 3676 Kensington Avenue from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. Activities include 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 1:30 until 4:00 pm. Cost is a Loonie per person and activities include things like indoor soccer, basketball, dodgeball and floor hockey.
- Family Day Fun & Games – for all ages at Cameron Recreation Complex at 9523 Cameron Street. Free 1-hour Family Day Fun & Games sessions run at 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Advanced registration is recommended.
- Family Recreation Time – at Edmonds Community Centre at 7433 Edmonds Street from 9:00 am until 6:30 pm. Various activities run at different times throughout the day. Some are free and others cost $1. Family activities to choose from include gym time, zumba, basketball and racquet sports (where equipment is provided).
- Family Day Toonie Skate – at the Kensington Recreation Complex at 6159 Curtis Street from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. Cost is $2 per person and includes equipment rental.
Family Day on The North Shore
- Grouse Mountain – last year Grouse offered 50% off admission to the mountain for fun in the snow on the Holiday Monday. Hopefully they’ll be just as generous again this year.
- In 2019 Family Day activities at Grouse Mountain on the Holiday Monday include the following:
- Charity Pancake Breakfast (by minimum $5 donation).
- DJ Skate Dance Party
- Complimentary Snowshoe Tours
- Other regular activities including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, sliding zone sliding, sleigh rides, ziplining and the Magical Light Walk.
- 2019 Family Day Rates, as of mid-January 2019, are still to be confirmed.
- In 2019 Family Day activities at Grouse Mountain on the Holiday Monday include the following:
- Mount Seymour – kids ski for free after 2:30 pm on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday (maximum of 2 free kids per paying adult).
- 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.
Events that took place on the North Shore last year included the following (which may or may not also take place in 2019):
- 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.
- Capilano Suspension Bridge – a year-long family membership at the attraction cost just $89 plus taxes if purchased on the Family Day Long Weekend.
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 18, 2019. General admission is $5 and the range of activities is impressive. Creativity Classes cost $15.
- Family Day at the Cannery – the cannery is open all weekend and on the Holiday Monday there are canning line machine demonstrations and tours of the facility at set times throughout the day.
- A wide variety of other activities take place in Richmond on the Family Day Long Weekend. For a comprehensive list that includes events at community centres, the Olympic Oval and various tourist attractions, see the City of Richmond‘s website.
Family Day Events in Surrey
- 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 family-friendly activities take place on Monday, February 18, 2019, at the following locations: at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, Cloverdale Recreation Centre, Fleetwood Community Centre, Fraser Heights Recreation Centre, Guildford Recreation Centre and South Surrey Recreation Centre.
Family Day Events in New Westminster
- Family Day in New Westminster – free and almost free family-friendly activities took place last year at the following locations (and 2019 will likely be similar):
- 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. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
Family Day in the Sea to Sky Region
- Britannia Mine – the museum offered 50% off admission on the holiday Monday in 2018. Hopefully they’ll be doing the same again in 2019.
- Sea to Sky Gondola – there was half price admission for everyone every day of the Long Weekend last year. Hopefully they’ll be doing the same again in 2019.
- Whistler-Blackcomb – the resort offered half price ski tickets for residents of BC on the Holiday Monday last year. We expect they’ll do the same in 2019 (but to be confirmed).
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 takes place on the holiday Monday in 2019. See the Fort Langley website for details.
Family Day in Aldergrove
- Greater Vancouver Zoo – 50% off admission was offered Monday to Thursday in February last year, but 30% off on the Family Day Monday. 20019 details to be confirmed.
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 last year 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. (Details to be confirmed for 2019).
- 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. (Details to be confirmed for 2019).
Family Day in Maple Ridge
- Family Day in Maple Ridge – 2018 activities 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. (2019 details to be determined).
Family Day in Port Moody
- Working on the Railroad – a Family Day event at the Port Moody Station Museum was on the Monday from 10 am to 2 pm in 2018. Cost was $10 per family. (2019 details to be determined).
Family Day in White Rock
- Free Family Skate in White Rock – last year there was 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. (2019 details to be determined).
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.