There’s so much to do in Vancouver for kids at Spring Break including camps and special deals. Here are recommendations for Spring Break activities in 2019.
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What to do at Spring Break in Metro Vancouver
Spring Break for most public schools in the Lower Mainland takes place from March 18th until Good Friday on March 29th in 2019.
Below are activities being offered during Spring Break this year. Check them out!
Special Spring Break Programs for Kids
A number of Vancouver attractions offer special programs and deals for children. Here are some examples:
- Junior Zoologist Camp – a special Spring Break camp at the Greater Vancouver Zoo for kids ages 7-12 who love animals. Last year the camp ran for one week and you could sign up for between one and five days. Camps ran from 9 am to 4 pm and cost about $50 per child. 2019 details are to be confirmed.
- CSI Kids Camp – the Vancouver Police Museum offers camps for children ages 9-12. The cost is $130 for three days. Camps run Wednesday to Friday March 20-22 as well as March 27-29, 2019, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Aquarium Camps – Spring Break camps take place at the Vancouver Aquarium for children ages 4 to 16 on March 18-22 and March 25-29, 2019. Age groups for camps are 4-8, 8-12 and 13-16. Costs range from around $355 to $410 or so depending on the child’s age.
- Cliffhanger Vancouver – climbing wall Spring Break camps run March 18th to 29th at the facility at 670 Industrial Avenue. They are for youth ages 9 to 17 and cost $225 per week.
- Sasamat Outdoor Centre – day camps run at the facility at Sasamat Lake near Port Moody for children ages 6 to 12. Programs run March 18-22 and March 25-29, 2019, and cost $225 per week.
- Area Rec Centres – community centres and recreational facilities throughout the Lower Mainland offer special camps and other activities for children over Spring Break. Check out a location near you! Just a few examples include camps in the following places:
- Burnaby (2019 details to be confirmed)
- New Westminster – activities include crafts, science, pottery, sports, magic, cooking, First Aid, babysitting course, video game design and other camps.
- Port Moody – the city is offering an Epic Spring Break Camp for youth in grades 6 to 12 on March 18-22 and March 25-29 at a cost of $185 per week.
- Richmond Oval – Spring Break Camps in 2019 run during the weeks of March 18-22 and 25-29 but also April 1-5, 8-12 & 15-18. Camp topics include badminton, baseball, dance, floorball, girls-only, hockey, multi-sport, rowing, skating, soccer, sports leadership and volleyball.
- Surrey – recreation facilities throughout the city are offering day camp programs for children in 2019. Specific details at each location should be available soon.
- West Vancouver – Spring Break camps at the rec centre include everything from dance to acting, gymnastics, swimming, LEGO, game design, mixed sports, golf, hockey, basketball and more.
Special Events During Spring Break
There are special Spring Break events in Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, North Shore, New Westminster and other parts of town. There are special Spring Break movie deals throughout the Lower Mainland. Check it all out!
Spring Break in Vancouver
- Vancouver Art Gallery – last year the museum offered free admission for a week during Spring Break for children ages 12 and under when visiting with an adult. (2019 details are to be confirmed.)
- CelticFest Vancouver – a variety of St. Patrick-themed activities around the week of March 17th including a number of activities that are more for adults.
- Stair Climbing at the Vancouver Lookout – the Urban Climb takes place every Tuesday in March between 4:30 and 6:30 pm. That’s when people can hike up the 633 steps to the top of the landmark attraction. The cost is $5 most years but includes a complimentary beer at the top (for adults ages 19+) and a $5 food coupon for all participants. 2019 dates are March 4, 11, 18 and 25, but prices and extra perks for this year are to be confirmed.
- PlayDome – amusement rides and midway games at the indoor carnival at BC Place Stadium take place most years towards the end of Spring Break. They won’t in 2019, however, due to a busy spring schedule at BC Place. PlayDome is expected to be back in Vancouver, however, in time for the spring holidays in 2020.
Spring Break in Burnaby
- Spring Break at Burnaby Village – special activities at Burnaby Village from March 18 to 29, 2019, from 11 am to 4:30 pm (FREE admission but extra for carousel rides and guided tours).
- Burnaby Rec Centres – most years the City of Burnaby’s website lists Spring Break camps taking place at its recreational facilities as well as at the Burnaby Art Gallery. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
Spring Break in Coquitlam
- Place des Arts – all sorts of visual and performing arts programs take place at the facility at 1120 Brunette Avenue over Spring Break.
- Evergreen Cultural Centre – the Spring Break Festival at this community facility from March 19th to 21st features shows about Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and Romeo & Juliet. There are also arts and performing arts camps during the week of March 25th-29th and 30th in 2019.
- Festival du Bois – BC’s largest francophone festival. In 2019 it takes place at Mackin Park and runs from Friday, March 22nd, until Sunday, March 24th. There is live music and family-friendly activities all weekend. Children’s entertainers on the Saturday and Sunday include singer-songwriter Will Stroet from CBC Kids.
Spring Break in Richmond
- Carnival at Lansdowne Centre – some years the WCA Carnival takes place in the parking lot of the Richmond mall over the course of the Spring Break. Tickets are usually around $1.25 each, $23 for a book of 20, $45 for a book of 40, and $40 for an all-day wristband. Individual rides cost between 3 and 7 coupons each. Hopefully the carnival will be back in 2019, but details are to be confirmed.
- Richmond Oval – the Olympic recreational facilities in Richmond offer a dozen and a half different sports camps over Spring Break in 2019.
- Gulf of Georgia Cannery – extra activities are offered at the historic site from March 16 to 30, 2019. Free admission for children and youth ages 17 and under accompanied by a paying adult.
Spring Break in Surrey
- Spring Break Camps – rec centres throughout the Lower Mainland offer special Spring Break day camps for kids. The City of Surrey lists them all conveniently on one convenient site. Check it out!
- Note: In 2019 the City of Surrey is offering a Family Fun Pass where the whole family can enjoy access to recreational facilities for an extra low price. The passes are valid from March 16th to March 31st and cost between $5.75 and $23 per person depending on one’s age.
Spring Break on the North Shore
- West Van Camps – the West Vancouver Recreation centre offers dozens of Spring Break camps including programs involving acting, LEGO, science and public speaking.
- Maplewood Farm & Maplewood House – the North Vancouver Community Arts Council offers a number of Spring Break arts camps at the North Shore’s favourite hobby farm.
- Pool & Play Passes – last year North Vancouver recreation centres offered special 2-and-a-half-week swim, skate and open gym access for children over the course of Spring Break. Passes cost just $5.25 and were good for the entire period. 2019 will likely be the same (although details are to be confirmed.)
Spring Break in New Westminster
- Anvil Centre – last year the community facility in downtown New Westminster offered camps involving crafts, history and textiles during the last half of March. We expect them to offer something similar in 2019 (but to be confirmed).
- New West Community Centres – the City of New Westminster has a brochure about Spring Break activities happening at various locations. Check it out!
Spring Break in Other Parts of Town
- Fort Langley – special activities at the fort run from March 16 to 31 in 2019. Admission is $7.80 for adults, $6.55 for seniors and free for youth ages 17 and under.
- Britannia Mine – the mining museum up towards Squamish usually offers special Spring Break activities suitable for children ages 7+ and their families. There are opportunities to test the facility’s water, soil and plants as well as other “real science” activities. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
- Sea to Sky Gondola – the attraction near Squamish has offered free admission to children ages 12 and under during Spring Break in past years. You just had to remember to mention the Secret Spring Break Deal at the ticket booth to get your free pass. Hopefully they’ll be doing the same again in 2019 (but to be confirmed.)
- See below for kid-friendly movies showing at various venues over Spring Break.
Cheap Kids’ Movies at Spring Break
- Family Favourites Movies – $2.99 movies at select Cineplex theatres at 11 am on Saturday mornings. Last year select theatres (including Landmark Cinemas in New Westminster) also offered shows for the same price on weekdays during Spring Break (and will likely do the same again in 2019). Last year Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre also featured a couple of movies over the school holidays. Hope they do the same again this year!
Free Activities in Vancouver at Spring Break
Check out the top free places for kids for great Spring Break activities that won’t cost anything (except maybe for parking and the transportation to get there). They include parks, places to ride bikes and other great outdoor activities.
Other Things to Do with Kids in Vancouver in March
Whether it’s Spring Break or not, there are plenty of great things to do with children in Vancouver during the month of March. Check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Children for a list of the top places to take children any time of the year. Indoor attractions will be especially popular if the weather is rainy, and Vancouver’s many beautiful parks will be perfect for a visit if the weather is good.
For more March things to do in general, check out Vancouver’s Best Places’ March Calendar of Events and Activities.
For more ideas on things to do during Spring Break, check out the following:
- Top Free Things to do with Children in the Lower Mainland
- Spring Family Activities on the North Shore