Around Vancouver Town: Family Day Weekend and the Olympics

Family Day Weekend

Are you looking forward to some quality time with your family this holiday weekend? Awesome! Because there is lots going on to tell you about!

The Sochi Olympics

The Sochi Olympics start this Friday, February 7th. Can you believe it’s already here? And because it coincides with Family Day Weekend in BC, I thought I would include some local Olympic fun in this latest edition of Around Vancouver Town.

What you need to know about watching the games.

Sochi, Russia is 12 hours ahead of us here in Vancouver. So if its 12 Noon here it’s 12am the next day in Sochi. What does this mean for viewing the events? Well hopefully you’re getting the sleep you need and won’t be up to watch it live. Best to check the schedule and PVR it so you won’t miss a thing.

If you want to watch the opening ceremony it starts at 8am PST on Friday February 7th.

The Olympics on CBC

CBC, Ron MacLean and Peter Mansbridge will co-host coverage of the event, starting with a pre-show at 7am PST. You can also watch it simultaneously on TSN2, Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE.

If you miss anything CBC will show the event again at 11am PST and run “enhanced” coverage during that day’s Olympic Primetime, featuring highlights and athlete interviews.

If participation is more your family’s cup of Russian tea, then check out these fabulous events Around Vancouver Town, one of which includes a viewing party of sorts in the Olympic Village.

Celebrate the Legacy of the Olympics at Creekside Community Centre

Celebrate and commemorate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games at Creekside Centre in the former Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Village.

This is an all ages event that will feature big screen play back of Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Events, games and craft stations for children and much more.

This event is FREE and all ages are welcome, pre-registration is not required.

12:30pm – 2:30pm
For more information check out their website.

More family fun of the non-Olympic kind

Family Day at Renfrew Park Community Centre

Join in for an afternoon of fun! They’ll have games, crafts face painting, balloon animals and a bouncy castle.

Where: 2929 East 22nd Avenue
When: Saturday, , 12:30pm – 3pm
For more information visit their website.

Will Stroet and his Backyard Band

If you’re looking for family-friendly Vancouver fun this Family Day Weekend, Will Stroet and his Backyard Band is guaranteed to be fun. His music is catchy and high-energy featuring lots of movement and sing-along choruses, with music from Will’s latest album Just Imagine, and the French version Imagine. Tickets are $12 per person, or $40 for the whole family.

Where: Roundhouse Community Centre
When: Sunday, February 9th 2014, 10:30am
For more information visit their website.

Family Day Activities Around the Lower Mainland

Shrek ~ The Musical

I included this one even though it’s in Burnaby because who doesn’t love Shrek?

Based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favourite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage.

Where: Michael J. Fox Theatre, Burnaby
When: February 7th ~ 22nd, Friday to Sunday
For showtimes and ticket prices check out this website.

Children’s Arts Festival

You’re invited to celebrate Family Day with imagination and creativity at the 6th annual Richmond’s Children’s Arts Festival.

This event promises to be highly affordable and highly interactive, with high quality artistic activities for kids 12 and under led by local professional artists.

If you’re wondering what to do around Vancouver check out this events Creativity Classes, Imagination Stations and special events featuring “the Wiz,” award-winning author and illustrator Lee Edward Födi and Wonderland Circus by Circus West.

Admissions to Imagination Stations are $2 for adults, $5 for kids. Creativity Classes are $10, with some exceptions. Special events are $7.

Where: Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate
When: February 10th 2014, 10am-4pm
For more information visit their website.

Family Day in Fort Langley

Fort Langley is a step back in time. If you haven’t been there since you were a kid, you’ll be amazed at how not much has changed!

Take a step away from technology and spend Family Day having good, old-fashioned fun at the fort!

Put your kids to work, the old-fashioned way, with 19th century family chores. From 2-3 pm, take photos of your kids in historical outfits while they play dress up. Afterwards, from 3-4pm, learn campfire songs around the warm fire.

Where: Fort Langley National Historic Park , 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley
When: February 8-10, 10am-5pm

For more information visit their website.

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You can join the Modern Mama Vancouver West group here.

There you have it, mama. Lots to do and see this Family Day Weekend. Make sure you bundle up, it’s going to be a chilly one!

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