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Vancouver’s PlayDome Amusement Park

PlayDome at BC Place

Billed as Canada’s largest indoor carnival and midway, PlayDome takes place in Vancouver at BC Place Stadium from March 28th to April 2nd in 2018.

The attraction’s amusement rides arguably make it Vancouver’s most exciting indoor place to be at the end of Spring Break and over the Easter Long Weekend.

PlayDome at BC Place in 2018

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.

PlayDome Fair Signs

When is PlayDome

In 2018 PlayDome takes place from the Wednesday until the Sunday between March 28th until April 2nd.

The carnival runs from 11 am until 10 pm on the Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 am until 10 pm on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 10 am until 6 pm on Easter Monday.

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.

Alien Abduction at PlayDome
Alien Abduction ride at PlayDome

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 in 2018

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 are comparable to what they were in 2017, although slightly more. 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.

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.

PlayDome at Night
PlayDome at Night

Other Information

For more information, check out the BC Place’s PlayDome website.

For ideas on other things to do over the March school holidays, see Spring Break in Vancouver.

For a list of what to do over the Easter Long Weekend, click 2018 Easter Activities.

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