Billed as Canada’s largest indoor carnival and midway, PlayDome takes place in Vancouver at BC Place Stadium for about a week over spring break each year.
PlayDome at BC Place
Conveniently held in March during the school spring break most years, and very conveniently held indoors in a month with typically lots of rain, PlayDome is like Playland at the PNE, or a carnival in a shopping mall parking lot, except that it’s indoors, dry and inside BC Place Stadium, which itself is kind of cool.
When is PlayDome
Most years PlayDome takes place from a Wednesday until a Sunday during the school spring break period. It will next be in Vancouver in the year 2020 (although details are to be confirmed.)
The carnival usually runs from 11 am until 10 pm on the Wednesday and Thursday, and from 10 am until 10 pm on the Friday, Saturday and possibly Sunday.
What’s at PlayDome?
At PlayDome there are dozens of rides and attractions, including rides that spin, ones that swing, and some that go round and round, as well as traditional favourites like the Ferris Wheel, Tilt-a-Whirl and Haunted House. There is something for every age.
In addition to all the carnival rides, the attraction has lots of traditional midway games, from balloon dart throws, duck ponds, basketball hoop throwing and shooting ranges, plus face painting and tattoos.
PlayDome is indeed a giant indoor carnival. The kids will love it!
Admission at PlayDome
Admission to PlayDome isn’t unreasonable for what you get. Single-day Dome Passes are available, as are multi-day Ultimate Passes for serious amusement-ride enthusiasts and Guest Passes for adults just wanting to watch their young children.
Below are admission prices for 2018 (including GST taxes). As you’ll see, tickets purchased online in advance are cheaper.
Note: Prices and other details are subject to change.
2018 Tickets at the Gate
- Dome Pass – $35.02 (valid for all rides for 1 day)
- Ultimate Pass – $65.00 (valid for all rides for all 6 days)
- Guest Pass – $15.00 (for spectators with limited access to rides for 1 day)
2018 Tickets Purchased Online
- Dome Pass – $31.45 (valid for all rides for 1 day)
- Ultimate Pass – $51.45 (valid for all rides for all 6 days)
- Guest Pass – $10.45 (for spectators with limited access to rides for 1 day)
Prices in 2018 were more than what they were the year before. In 2017 admission to PlayDome was $29 for a Dome Pass, $49 for an Ultimate Pass, and $8 for a spectator’s Guest Pass which let folk ride on just the Merry-Go-Round, Ferris Wheel and Choo-Choo-Charlie. 2020 prices are to be confirmed.
TIP: Get there early in the morning. Sunday morning can be especially quiet at the start, often with no lineups at all. As the day progresses, however, it can get busy, and especially so on rainy days.
For ideas on other things to do over the March school holidays, see Spring Break in Vancouver.