Easter Egg Hunts / Breakfasts at Community Centres ($3 – $7)
Where and What: There are many Easter egg hunts and activities for kids at community centres this week! Pre-registration is a must if possible, since these events tend to sell out. A wait-list option is sometimes available, or, for the more adventurous parents, you might try heading to the event to see if there are any no-shows near the end. See the links below for more details on what is included, the age range, time and event price.
- Creekside – Thursday, March 28 (ages 0 – 5), 4:30 – 7:00pm. Includes: Egg hunt maze, games and activity stations. Pre-registration is required. ($3)
- Kensington – Saturday, March 30 (all ages), 9:30 – 11:30am. Includes: pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, entertainment and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Please register early for this event. Members $6.00, Non-members $7.00.
- Roundhouse – Saturday, March 30, 9:30 – 10:45am (ages 1 – 3) / 11:15am–12:30pm (ages 1 – 6) / 1:00–2:15pm (ages 4 – 9). Includes: Easter Egg Hunt, a candy bag to take home, arts & crafts activities (make your own basket) and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Pre-registration required, drop-ins permitted only if space is available. Parent’s supervision is required for 1-3yrs session. ($5)
- False Creek – Saturday, March 30 (ages 2 – 8), 10:30am–12:00pm. Includes: continental style brunch, games, crafts, family entertainment and an Easter Egg Hunt. Pre-registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. ($5)
- Hillcrest – Saturday, March 30 (ages 2 – 11), 11:00am–1:00pm. Includes: Easter Egg Hunt, a take-home treat bag, Easter crafts, decorating cookies/cupcakes, and playing carnival games with prizes. ($3)
- Kitsilano – Saturday, March 30 (ages 0 – 8), 11:00am–1:00pm. Includes: crafts, games, face painting, cookie decorating and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Parent participation required. Only children are required to pay. Infants under 12 months are free. ($6)
- Renfrew Park – Saturday, March 30 (ages 0 – 10), 12:30 – 3:00pm. Includes: face painting, crafts and Easter Egg Hunt. Egg hunts are at 1, 1:30, 2, and 2:30. Please pre-register your child for one time slot. Come before or after your hunt time. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. ($5)
- Sunset – Sunday , March 31 (all ages), 10:00am–12:00pm. Includes: Breakfast, bouncy castle, arts and crafts, face painting, cookie decorating and an Easter egg hunt. Please pre-register. ($6)
- Trout Lake – Sunday March 31 (all ages), 10:00am – 11:30am. Includes: Easter egg hunt, making easter crafts, visiting the Easter Bunny and playing with the gym equipment. ($4)
- Mount Pleasant – Monday, April 1 (ages 0 – 6), 10:15am–12:15pm. Includes: special Parent & Tot Drop-In Gym Session with tot equipment / toys and an Easter Egg Hunt. ($3)
When: Tuesday March 28, 11:00 – 11:30am
Where: Pottery Barn Kids, 2835 Granville Street (map)
What: Bring your kids for a story featuring Peter Rabbit, the famous little guy from Beatrix Potter stories. You can also make a pair of bunny ears as a craft. Although it’s their way to get you in the store, this Pottery Barn event is free and there’s no obligation to do anything other than enjoy the story and craft.
Free Art workshop for families at ArtStarts – Create a seed tapestry for birds!
When: Satruday March 30th, 11:00 – 11:45am and 1:00 – 1:45pm
Where: ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St., Vancouver (Richards at Robson) (map)
What: ArtStarts is featuring an outdoor art workshop that will really get your kids involved in hands-on natural art this Saturday. Led by artist Sharon Kallis, families will make a seed tapestry out of local, all-natural materials. This is described as a “large quilt-like pattern on the ground, using birdseeds and flower petals as the palette”. It sounds like a very cool way to create a piece of natural art but is likely best suited to older kids. I imagine that my tot would attempt to eat most of the materials before the birds could get to them. Dress for the weather, since this workshop will move both inside and outside. ArtStarts features free workshops for kids and families once a month on Saturdays. Stay tuned for more ArtStarts Saturday workshops here.
Stanley Park Easter Train (Free for kids under 2, $8.75 for ages 2 – 12)
What: I debated whether this event should be included on VancouverUnder5, but since many of us have kids under 2, this could be a free event for Moms like me! Apologies to parents of kids who over 2 have to pay the over $5 rate. Included in admission to the Easter Train is an Easter Egg Hunt (bring your own basket!), crafts, a visit from the Easter Bunny and a ride on the miniature train as it rolls through Stanley Park scenery that is beginning to burst to life with Spring. Adults will need to pay $3.50 to accompany their children on the train, so even if your tiny tot got in for free, there is a bit of a price tag on this one. Egg hunts are staged throughout the day.
Swap Meet – Used Kids’ Clothing/Stuff Sale (free with food bank donation)
Where: Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, 990 West 59th Avenue (map)
What: If you’re still in the market for new spring clothes for your kiddie, there’s another chance in Vancouver to pick up some gently used goods for cheap. Come to Marpole-Oakridge to buy used childrens’ toys, games, clothes, bikes and books. Free with a food donation to the Food Bank. If you’d like to sell your children’s things, in person pre-registration is recommended to reserve a table and the cost for a 3′ x 10′ table is $20.00. No vendors, businesses or resale of commercial goods.
Continuing this week for Spring Break…
Free Spring Break Activities at the Library over Spring Break
Many of the library branches around town have great programs for entertaining little ones, and they’ve ramped up the schedule for spring break. Here’s a run-down of the programs that don’t have a designated age range and would be better for kids under 5. You can find more, including programs for older kids such a Lego, more crafts, origami and “Share Your Favourite Book” events, at the Vancouver Public Library website. (Choose “Programs for Children” and type in “spring break” in the search menu).
Puppet Show – Tuesday March 26, 10:15 am-11:00 am, Hastings Branch: 2674 East Hastings Street
- More Wacky Animal Stories and Puppets (ages 4 – 6) – Thursday March 28, 11:00 – 11:45 am, Fraserview Branch: 1950 Argyle Drive
- Movies, Scavenger Hunts and Artwork – See dates below, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Children’s Library, 350 West Georgia Street
- Tues March 26: Movie “Rise of the Guardians”
- Wed March 27: Scavenger Hunt
- Thurs March 28: Movie “Hop”
“Kidz Zone” Playgym Activities Downtown, $3.25 – $4.25
Where: King George Secondary School Gym, 1755 Barclay St (near Denman and Robson)
What: This event sounds like a playgym on steroids, so it’s a great option for rainy days anytime in the next two weeks. Included is an 18-foot wave slide, bouncy castle, a “huge” obstacle course and pedal cars. Parent supervision and socks required (shoes off, kiddos!). Prices are: Toddlers (6 mths-2 yrs) $3.25/child, Preschoolers (3-5 yrs) $3.75/child, Child (6-12 yrs) $4.25/child. Call for more information (604-257-8454) and check out the Mini-Kidz Zone facebook page.
Crafts, A Dragon and Balloon Art at Kids Market in Granville Island
When: March 18 – 29 (see details below)
Where: Kids Market at the entrance to Granville Island (on the right), 1496 Cartwright St.
What: Although it’s risky on the wallet to take a self-aware tot / child into a massive collection of toy stores, Monita has enjoyed just looking at everything so far. If you’re stuck for something to do over the next two weeks, Kids Market has daily activities on (including a free craft during weekdays) to entertain you and your kid. Including:
- Make a craft from recycled materials: Monday to Friday – 11:00 am to 3:30 pm (Main Floor), Free
- Bee Bop the Clown – facepainting and balloon art: Daily – Noon to 3:00 pm (2nd floor landing), $5 and up
- Sand Art: Monday to Friday – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (2nd floor party room), $5
- Rainbow the Dragon: Sundays March 17, 24 and 31 – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, free (as far as I can tell…)
Free Spring Break Games and Crafts, River District Centre
Where: River District Centre, 8683 Kerr Street (At SE Marine Dr.)
What: The River District Centre is offering free “crafter-noons” with games and crafts suitable for older kids or mature younger kids. In addition to traditional games like Jenga and Scrabble, they’ll have Xbox games, Just Dance and the opportunity to get messy with some crafts. Check out more details here.
Wildlife Weeks – Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, by donation ($2 or $5/family)
When: March 26, 27 (see details below)
Where: Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, 3663 Park Road, North Vancouver
What: Check out shows and activities featuring reptiles, birds of prey, bears, salmon, arctic animals and more. There are many programs on over spring break that you can drop into. Find the details on the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre site.