Events Tailored to Kids
Free Outdoor Christmas Festival in Yaletown: Candytown!
Where: Mainland St., Yaletown (between Davie St. and Nelson St.) (map)
What: An outdoor Holiday festival that includes a free skating rink, horse-drawn carriage rides, christmas market with street performers and live music, and free photos with Santa and his reindeer on Saturday (bring your own camera, donations to BC Children’s Hospital accepted). Trevor Linden will make an appearance on the rink on Saturday from 12 – 3pm, if you’re a hockey fan. If you can score a babysitter, there’s even a cocktail tour for adults from 6 – 9pm, but considering the venue and the fact that no prices are listed, it’s doubtful that it’s under $5! Details available on the Candytown site.
Free Kids Theatre Show with ArtStarts
When: Saturday Nov 24 at 11:00am and 1:00pm (45 minute show)
Where: ArtStarts Gallery for Young People’s Art, 808 Richards St (at Robson) in Vancouver (map)
What: ArtStarts presents Spin Cycle, featuring Greg Tarlin (Canadian Juggling Champion) and Kristi Heath, who will “wow” the kids with a variety of fun acts including juggling, unicycle riding, magic tricks, impersonations and a bell-ringing chorus (with the help of audience members). The show has rave reviews on their site and looks completely awesome. Free admission, arrive 10 minutes early. Note: The show is probably better suited to kids over 5, but all are welcome! See the ArtStarts site for more details.
Events that are “Kid-Friendly”
Free Live Music Concerts and Artisan Pottery Sale at Trout Lake
When:“Music on the Bow” Concerts on Tuesday Nov 20: 11:00 – 1:00pm and Thursday Nov 22: 4:30 – 6:30pm
Music show and Pottery Sale on Saturday Nov 24 11:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Trout Lake Community Centre, Victoria Dr. and E 19th Ave. (map)
What: Music on the Bow: This concert series includes Paul Silveria, “Professor Banjo”, who plays a variety of fun “Americana” along with sing-alongs and dancing games (Nov 20) and Clara Rose Chishom, who began playing her own compositions on violin at age 11 and sings with the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus (Nov 22). See poster for more details. If you want to hear a concert in a relaxed setting, this might be a great intro to a variety of musical styles for your tot/kid.
Music and Pottery Sale: Local artisans sell their wares, including knitting, pottery and baked goods made by Trout Lake Centre clubs. Music is provided by Rene Hugo Sanchez and Los Jueves Rancheros, a swing/string band. See poster for more details. Although not specifically for kids, you might find a cool gift to give and at least the little ones might be engaged by the band.
Events that could double as a “Date Night” / Night out *NOT for Kids… Book your own babysitter!
Free Jazz Concert
When: Monday Nov 19: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where: Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC (map)
What: Canadian big band Jazz concert presented by The Vancouver Community College Jazz Orchestra. The concert will feature Canadian composers as well as Jazz classics. If you haven’t had the chance to get out to live music much since having a baby, this could fit the bill nicely while being extra easy on the wallet. You could pretend you’re heading out to a swank club, dress for the occasion and take in a post-show drink afterwards. It’s all about using your imagination and losing yourself in the music.
*More free concerts are happening this week. See my calendar for details. (Events in blue are parents-only under $5 events)
Art Show / Launch Party with Refreshments: The Nosh Show
When: Saturday Nov 24 4:00 – 6:00pm
Where: Adeline’s Cafe, 952 Commercial Drive
What: The Nosh Show is an art exhibit and launch of an artist’s cookbook, along with an art raffle. During the Eastside Culture Crawl I met an artist that recommended this launch party to me. Rub elbows with some funky local artists and enjoy a few free refreshments.