9th Annual CelticFest Vancouver: Celts on the Creek
When: Saturday, March 9, 12 noon – 5:00 pm
Where: The Village on False Creek (Plaza by Manitoba St and Athlete’s Way)
What: As a kick-start to Celtic Fest 2013, this family-friendly event will have music, dance, food, handicrafts and kids activities to celebrate all things Celtic. The Green Man, an eight-foot tall Irish giant will be on hand to tell traditional stories and impress the crowd with his improvisation and physical theatre as well as his stunning appearance. Although this is just a taste of the big celebration to come on St. Patrick’s Day, you can still get in the spirit early with good old fashioned face painting too.
Check out the performances coming up in the next two weeks. Though many of them are for adults, there are a number of free events, namely music and dance performances, that are family-friendly.
Diversity Health Fair (with Kids Activities), Free
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr.
What: Originally created to help newcomers access the incredible range of health resources in Vancouver, the Diversity Health Fair is a way to make sure that you’re up to date with check-ups as well as take in some healthy lifestyle demos and activities. The fair’s theme this year is “Chronic Disease Prevention”. If you have a concern about your, or your child’s, health, you can get tested on-site for hearing, oral health, fitness, blood pressure and more (see the full list of check-ups available here, make an appointment at the door). There will be over fifty health and wellness related exhibitors, as well as cooking demonstrations, interactive dance shows including West African dance, Salsa and a Pow Wow, and the Healthy Families Activity Zone. You and your kids can partake in fun sports games and complete a craft to make a stress ball. Free admission. You can also check out more info about the exhibitors at the Diversity Health Fair facebook page.
While we’re on the subject of health… if you think your child may have an anxiety disorder (or anxiety runs in the family) and you’d like to know how be a supportive parent, there will be a seminar on Supporting Children with Anxiety and their Families at St Andrews Wesley Church (1022 Nelson St, map) on Wednesday March 6th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Admission is by donation and the seminar will be run by Dr. Annie Simpson from the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic, who specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and youth ages 0 to 16. She is also a consultant for AnxietyBC and a psychologist in the Pediatric OCD program.
Build A Wooden Race Car for free (Kids aged 4+)
Where: Home Depot (Check the Home Depot Kids Workshop Site for the location nearest you)
What: If you’ve got an older kid (aged 4 to 12) who likes to work with tools, this might be the Saturday afternoon activity for you. Kids will use a hammer and glue to build their own race car (pictured). Kids need to be accompanied by an adult, but all the materials are provided and the workshop is free. Sign up online.
Free Skating in Kerrisdale (with free rentals)
Where: Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 W. Boulevard (and W. 42 Ave.)
What: Free skating for everyone, including free skate rentals while supplies last. If you haven’t taken in some of the free skating that Vancouver had to offer this winter season, this may be your last chance before spring!
Kids’ Stuff Only Market (Clothing sale / Swap Meet)
Update: There are two swap meets on this weekend in Vancouver and three more in the surrounding area!
When and Where:
- Sunday, March 10, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Coal Harbour Community Centre, 480 Broughton Street (map)
- Sunday, March 10, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm – West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street (map)
What: Spring is just around the corner, so it must be the season for finding some new spring fashions (that fit) for your kiddies. There were two swap meets on last week, and both the Coal Harbour Community Centre and the West End Community Centre are hosting one this Sunday. If you haven’t been to a swap meet yet, it’s a great opportunity to pick up used kids clothing, books and toys for a fraction of the price while supporting either a community centre or parents like you who are looking to trade sizes.
There are also swap meets happening on Saturday just outside of Vancouver too:
- Saturday, March 9th, 9 am – 1 pm, Willingdon Community Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue, Burnaby
- Saturday, March 9th, 9 am – 3 pm, Gleneagle Secondary School, 1195 Lansdowne Drive, Coquitlam
- Saturday, March 9th, 10 am – 1 pm, Steveston Community Centre, 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond