Things To Do In Vancouver with Kids and Families

We understand the hours of planning and research needed when looking for things to do in Vancouver BC, whether you are a tourist or even just a resident of the city. Look no further, we have the job done for you! We have compiled a list of things to do in Metro Vancouver with kids and families.

Science World at Telus World of Science


1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
(604) 443-7440
Website

Hours of Operation

Monday: Closed except for statutory holiday Mondays
Tuesday–Friday: 10am–5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am–6pm
Holidays: 10am–6pm
Exception Mar 16 to April 1, 2013 – Every day: 10am-6pm

2013 Admission Rates

AdultYouth (13-18)
Student (with ID)
Senior (65+)
Child (3-12)
General Admission
Includes Galleries and Exhibits
$21.00$17.25$14.25
Ultimate Experience
General Admission+OMNIMAX Film
$26.50$22.75$19.75

Note: All prices are subject to HST and may change without notice. Purchases are non-refundable and are valid only on the date selected. Visitors under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 19+.

Things To Do In Vancouver With Kids - Science WorldFeature Exhibitions

Steve Gerberich’s Creativity in Motion: Springs Sprockets & Pulleys
(Starts Feb 1, 2013)
KEVA Planks – Using wooden planks to create anything from train tracks to castles, whatever your child’s imagination.
The Science of Sexuality -this new exhibition opens May 18!

OMNIMAX – click here for shows and showtimes!

Science Theatre – click here for shows and showtimes!

Discover many galleries in Science World such as BodyWorks, Eureka, Ken Spencer Science Park, Kidsplace, Our World – BMO Sustainability Gallery, and Art Displays.

Photo Credit
Flickr by keepitsurreal


Things To Do In Vancouver With Kids - Vancouver AquariumVancouver Aquarium

Avison Way Vancouver, BC
(604) 659-3474
Website

Hours of Operation

Winter Hours
January 7 – June 2013
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Doors close at 4:45 p.m.

**Early Closures/Late Opening**
Please Note: The Vancouver Aquarium will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.
Hours of operation from March 16 – April 1, 2013 will be from 9:30 a.m – 6:00 p. m.

Summer Hours
July – August 2013
9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

2013 Admission Rates

AdultSenior (65+)Youth (13-18)Student (18+)
ID required
Child (4-12)Child (3 & Under)Family
Admission Rates
(Effective September 4, 2012 - June 2013)
$21$16$16$16$13FreeClick here for family membership rates
Click here for family membership rates!

Click here for more information for group rates, accessibility discounts
**Special Offer: Receive a $2 admission discount when you display a valid transit pass, such as a FareCard, Daypass, Employer Pass, Farebox, or FareSaver**
**Tip! Book Tickets Online And Avoid The Lineups**

Click here for information of shows and showtimes

The Vancouver Aquarium offers many feature exhibitions, galleries, activities and shows.

The feature exhibitions from Feb 7 to Apr 30, 2013 is The Secret World Of Sharks And Rays.

The following are exhibits, galleries, activities and shows available at Vancouver Aquarium: Penguin Point, Canaccord Financial Exploration Gallery, Tropic Zone, Treasures Of The B.C. Coast, The Wild Coast, Pacific Canada Pavilion, Graham Amazon Gallery, Frogs Forever?, Clownfish Cove, Canada’s Arctic, Beluga Show, Dolphin Shows and many more.

Photo Credit
Flickr by scorche

Things To Do In Vancouver With Kids - HR McMillanHR MacMillan Space Centre

1100 Chestnut St Vancouver, BC
(604) 738-7827
Website

Hours of Operation

DAYTIME

Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday (and holidays) 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

EVENING
Saturdays only

Planetarium shows at 7:30 pm & 9:00 pm
Observatory opens at 8:00 pm

ADMISSION (plus taxes)

Daytime

Daytime Adult (19-54)Senior (55+)
Student (with ID)
Age 5-18
Child under 5 yrsMemberFamily Pass
(includes 5 people; 2 adults max)
Admission Rates$15.00$10.75FreeFree $45.00

Click here for membership rates and benefits!

Evening

General admission per show $10.75
(Includes Planetarium presentation, “Hot Topics” mini-lecture, and observatory visit)

Observatory only
By donation

Click here for shows and showtimes!

Photo Credit
Flickr by quinet


Things To Do In Vancouver BC - Vancouver Art GalleryVancouver Art Gallery

750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2H7
Info Line: 604.662.4719
Administration: 604.662.4700

Hours of Operation

Daily 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesdays until 9 pm

Admission Rates

Admission Rates
*Valid Oct 27, 2012 to April 12, 2013
Adult$17.50
Senior (65+)$12.50
Student*
(with valid ID)
$12.50
Children (age 5 and older)$6.25
Children under 5Free
Family
(Family rate includes 2 adults and up to 4 children)
$50

TIP: Tuesdays after 5pm admission by donation!

Please note that backpacks, cameras, food, drinks, large bags and umbrellas are not permitted in the gallery spaces and must be checked.

Check out their current and upcoming exhibitions, events, lectures and talks!

“Looking for a SPRING BREAK DESTINATION the whole family will love? LOOK, LEARN and MAKE during SPRING BREAK (March 18-29, 2013) from 12-4pm daily with the Gallery’s Special extended Weekly Family Programs.

Photo Credit
Flickr by Rodefeld

Burnaby Village Museum

6501 Deer Lake Ave
Burnaby, BC

(604) 297-4565
Website

Hours of Operation

The Village is open seasonally.

Spring Break Scavenger Hunt 2013

March 16 – 24, 2013, 12pm – 4pm, all tickets $7.30 (inc taxes)

  • Program includes unlimited carousel rides, scavenger hunt, crafts, entertainment and a limited number of exhibits open.
  • Heros, villains and quirky characters and places – all from children’s storybooks. The stories come to life through a scavenger hunt, crafts and performances.

Summer Season 2013

Tuesday-Sunday plus Statutory Holidays
May 4 – September 2, 11:00am-4:30pm

  • The City of Burnaby invites all to enjoy free gate admission. Carousel rides are only $2.35 per ride for all ages. (Note: there is still a charge for our special programs – the Spring Break Scavenger Hunt & Haunted Village ). For more information, call 604-297-4565.

Heritage Christmas 2013

Daily
November 23 – December 13, 12:00pm-4:30pm
December 14 – January 3, 2014, 12:00pm-9:00pm
(closed December 24 & 25)

Gate admission is Free*, Carousel rides $2.35 each
Rates

Carousel rides $2.35 each

Laserdome Plus – Laser Tag & Climbing Centre

A110 – 2455 Dollarton HwyGroupon Laserdome
North Vancouver, BC
(604) 985-6033
Website

Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday 12 pm – 9 pm
Friday 12 pm – midnight
Saturday 10 am – midnight
Sunday 10 am – 9 pm

Laser Tag

“Players enter a futuristic laser tag arena armed with battle vests and phasers to test their skills in a fun, non-contact game of team play.”

1 Laser Tag Game $8.00 per person
2 Laser Tag Games $14.50 per person
3 Laser Tag Games $17.50 person

PLAY ALL NIGHT LASER TAG
Friday and Saturday
Ages 15 & older
9 pm – midnight
$20.00 per person

ROCK CLIMBING

“Their rock climbing wall is an artificially constructed wall with grips for
hands and feet, used for climbing. The wall has 14 different auto-belay
ropes for the safety of climbers.”
$6.50 for 15 minutes per person

LIGHT SPACE

$5.00 for 15 minutes per person

SPACE JUNGLE (Ages 4 -10)

Space Jungle play area. This 24 foot tall, soft jungle gym with obstacles galore. It has 2 rope bridges, Club House Space Station, 2 Lookout Posts, a slide, 2 Web Climbs and even a tunnel into the Laser Tag area to watch the games. For those 10 years old and younger to enjoy and have plenty of fun.
Every day during regular hours
$2.50 for 15 minutes per person
$3.50 for 30 minutes per person
$6.50 for 60 minutesper person

SPACE JUNGLE EARLY SPECIAL
Monday – Thursday
12 pm – 3 pm
$5.00 for 60 minutes per person

V-Ball

“Enjoy a similar experience as paintball without the mess or weather restrictions. “V-Ball” meaning Velcro Ball is a game played with paintball markers and small specially made Vballs. They are the same size as a paintball but instead of exploding with paint, they stick to the specially made equipment. The game is played wearing a Vball vest and face mask, inside our 7500 square feet laser tag arena.”
Sundays to Thursday (only by appointment)
$35.00 for 60 minutes per person
$60.00 for 2 hours per person

Kerrisdale Play PalaceThings To In Vancouver - Kerrisdale Play Palace

(located in the Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena)
5670 East Boulevard Vancouver, BC
Arena Office: 604-257-8121
Website

Hours of Operation

Seasonal: open from late April to late August. Click here for their hours of operation.

Admission Rates (2013)

Under 6 months = free
6 months to under 2 years = $3.00
2 years to under 6 years = $4.00
6 years to 12 years = $4.50
*prices include tax.

The playground includes:

  • Two inflatable bouncy castles
  • An inflatable obstacle course
  • A 22’ inflatable giant slide
  • Ride-on cars and toys
  • Ping pong, foosball, and basketball shooting
  • Musical instruments
  • A toddler area with padded flooring, carpet games, and lots of toys!

Photo Credit: Kerrisdale Community Centre

Fun 4 Kidz

Unit 3730, 4151 Hazelbridge Way (Aberdeen Centre)
Richmond, BC
(604) 279-5439 [KIDZ]
Website

Main play area has

  • An interactive obstacle course
  • Ballistic Arena
  • Soccer and basketball court
  • Suspension bridge
  • 3 lane wave slide
  • 2  large three storey tube slides
  • Zip-trek
  • Swinging monkey bars
  • Toddler area for smaller children (3 years old and younger)

Hours of Operation

Monday to Wednesday: 11am to 7pm
Thursday to Friday: 11am to 9pm
Saturday: 10am to 9pm
Sundays and holidays: 10am to 7pm

Rates

PLEASE NOTE THAT HOLIDAY PRICES ARE IN EFFECT FROM MARCH 15 TO APRIL 1ST FOR SPRING BREAK 2013

Weekday Rates (M-F)
Children under 2 years $4.99
2 to 12 years $9.99
*promotional coupons are not valid with toddler rate

Weekend Rates (applicable on holidays and Pro D days)
All ages $11.99 each

Drop and Shop Rate (available only Monday to Friday)
1 hour drop and shop weekday $11.99 per child and weekend $13.99 per child

Fun 4 Kidz

Unit 2003, Park Royal South (2nd floor of Park Royal Mall South)
West Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 925-0707
Website

Main play area has:

  • A Ballocity Arena with air guns and Nerf balls
  • A large ball room
  • Suspension bridge
  • Web climb
  • Interactive obstacle course
  • 2 large two storey high slides
  • 2 storey maze

Toddler area has:

  • 2 touch screen computers with educational
  • software program such as alphabet
  • exercises, number games, puzzles and coloring
  • 4 puzzle skill games
  • Interactive illusion mirror
  • Giant Caterpillar Tunnel

Hours of Operations

Monday to Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 10am to 8pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 6pm
Sundays and holidays: 11am to 6pm
*Please note – sometimes close earlier in the evenings for private bookings so call ahead to make sure they are open.

Rates

Weekday Rates

children 2 to 12 years old $9.99
children under 2 years old $5.49

Weekend Rates (applicable on all holidays and Pro D Days)

All children $11.99 each

Drop and Shop Rates

1 hour drop and shop: weekday $11.99 per child and weekend $13.99 per child
2 hour drop and shop: 1st child is $16.99 on a weekday and $17.99 on a weekend, additional children are $11.99 on a weekday and $12.99 on a weekend.

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