LOTS of family events & outings on the North Shore this weekend! Fun includes a number of school fairs, lego & birdhouse workshops at libraries, and sheep shearing festival at Maplewood Farm. Raffi is also coming to Vancouver on Saturday! And for any pregnant or new mamas looking for a fun and informative event, be sure to stop by our Modern Mama booth at the Oh Baby: Pregnancy & Baby Expo hosted by North Van Rec on Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm at Harry Jerome. We’ll be giving away a Britax Advocate Convertible Carseat ($399 value! – see details below). Hope you all have a lovely weekend with your kids!
FRIDAY, MAY 23rd
Fri, May 23rd – Fri, Sept 26th (5-10 pm) – Friday Night Market at the Shipyards
Location: Shipbuilder’s Square at the foot of Lonsdale, North Van
Details: The popular Friday night market is back! Each week you can enjoy fresh food, locally made products, musicians, art and live entertainment. If you’re hungry make sure you visit the food trucks and then stop by the beer and wine garden.
SATURDAY, MAY 24th
Sat, May 24th (9am – 11:30am) – Fun with Dad (or male caregivers)
Location: West Van Family Place (in West Van Rec Centre)
Details: Includes snack for parents and children and one hour of multi-sport Sportball ($5 per family, for kids up to age 6). Contact Leslie Black at email@example.com for more details.
Sat, May 24th (10 am – 1 pm) – Oh Baby: Pregnancy & Baby Expo
Location: Memorial Rec Centre in Harry Jerome, St. Georges & E. 23rd, North Van
Details: In you’re pregnant or a new parent, then this Expo is for you! There will be experts on hand to give you advice and support for both pre and post pregnancy on everything from car seat demonstrations to infant health. You’ll also find baby product displays, innovative ideas and specialty services.
Sat, May 24th (10 am – 12pm) – St. Pius Elementary School Spring Fair
Location: 1150 Mt. Seymour Road, North Van
Details: This community event is for all ages and includes a market place, book, plant and bake sale. Enjoy great food, games and prizes. Featuring all the favourites: toddler games, bouncy castle and obstacle course, magic girl, cake walk, bottle stall, crazy hair and nails, crafts, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and more! 604-929-2930
Sat, May 24th (10 am – 2pm) – Queensbury Elementary School Fair
Location: Queensbury Elementary School, 2020 Moody Ave., North Van
Details: Join in the fun at the annual spring fair where there will be bouncy castles, raffles, artisan tables, food, games, dance classes and a plant sale. 604-785-9398
Sat, May 24th (10 am – 4pm) – NS Connexions Society Garage Sale & BBQ
Location: The Summit, 1095 Churchill Crescent, North Van
Details: All proceeds to International Red Cross.
Sat, May 24th (10:30 – 11:30 am) – LEGO Club at Lynn Valley Main Library
Location: Lynn Valley Main Library, North Van
Details: If your kids love LEGO, come out to the library this Saturday morning for a fun and fantastic program just for kids ages 5-12. The library will provide the LEGO, and your child’s task will be to let their imagination run wild. Playing, creating and experimenting is encouraged! Free; registration required (call 604-984-0286 ext. 8141 or stop by children’s desk)
Sat, May 24th (2:00 pm) – Raffi Live in Concert!
Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Cambie St., downtown Vancouver
Details: Relive the music and fun that shaped your childhood! Raffi’s Belugagrads Concert is May 24th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Ticketmaster website says there are only a few tickets left!
Sat, May 24th (2 – 4 pm) – Create Book Birdhouses!
Location: Capilano Library, North Van
Details: Come breathe life into an old book and construct a beautiful book birdhouse! A whimsical creation any feathered friend would be proud to call home! All materials will be provided. Open to ages 8 and up. Free; Registration required. For more information or to register call, 604-987-4471 Ext. 8175
SUNDAY, MAY 25th
Sun, May 25th (10 am – 4 pm) – Maplewood Farm Annual Sheep Shearing Festival
Location: Maplewood Farm, 405 Seymour River Place, North Van
Details: It’s time for the sheep to be shorn! There’s lots to see and do at this great annual festival including: sheep shearing demonstrations, border collie’s at work, spinning and weaving demonstrations, wool crafts, face painting and more! Adults $8.70, Kids $5.70.
Sun, May 25th (1 pm – 2:30 pm) – Young Naturalists’ Club: Nature’s Jewelry
Location: Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, 3663 Park Road, North Van
Details: Are you feeling arty? Join Danielle Szredni to create jewelry out of natural materials! For children aged 5-13, with an adult. Pre-register at (604) 990-3755
If you know of any family events happening on the North Shore this weekend that we haven’t listed, please post a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org with details! And note that times/dates for events can change after posting and we recommend double-checking with an event’s website/coordinator before heading out!