LOTS of family events & outings on the North Shore this weekend!Our top pick for Sunday (FATHER’S DAY) is the Family Fishing Day at Rice Lake in North Vancouver. Looks like a ton of fun with free fishing (including equipment), BBQ by donation, bouncy castle, face painting & more. Or take advantage of free entry for dads at Playland on Sunday morning! Hope you all have a blast this weekend!
SATURDAY, JUNE 14th
Sat, June 14th (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, June 14th (9:30am – 11:30am) – 2014 Turf Tot World Cup Location: Ray Perrault Park, 1310 Grand Blvd East, North Van Details: The Soccer World Cup is on, and the kids can join in the sporty fun. Come on over for a morning of soccer competitions and other fun activities, like face painting, crafts and games. For ages 3 – 6 with an adult; please pre-register by calling 604-987-Play (7529) & quote course number 336225. Sat, June 14th (10am – 6pm) – Philippine Days Festival (FREE) Location: Waterfront Park, 200 Block of West Esplanade, North Van Details: This weekend celebrates the 116th Philippine Independence Day. The day begins at 10:00am with the flag raising of the Canadian and Philippine flags at the Civic Plaza by the City Library. The celebrations then move to Waterfront Park where a small parade and a colorful opening ceremony takes place. Each year, approximately 20,000 people gather at this 2-day festival, where everyone gets a taste of traditional Filipino cuisine, live cultural entertainment, including songs and dances, and great fellowship with the Filipino community. Sat, June 14th (10am) – 9th Annual Strides for Strokes (FREE) Location: John Lawson Park, West Van Details: This family friendly walk, run, wheel route goes from John Lawson Park to Dundarave and back, and is a major fundraiser for stroke survivors and their caregivers. There will be food, refreshments, prizes and great music. Sat, June 14th (5-8pm) – Bagpipes by the Beach (BY DONATION) Location: Ambleside Park, West Van Details: Gates open at 5pm, with bands starting at 6pm. Admission by donation. The West Vancouver Fire Fighters Charitable Society is hosting their annual Bagpipes by the Beach. Come down to Ambleside Park and enjoy an evening of amazing music featuring music local pipe bands from the North Shore and Vancouver area.
SUNDAY, JUNE 15th
Sun, June 15th (10am – 3pm) – Family Fishing Day (FREE) Location: Rice Lake, Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Van Details: This event is part of BC’s Family Fishing Weekend promoted by the Family Fishing Society of BC and coincides with Father’s Day. It is free to attend (you may wish to bring cash for salmon BBQ & raffles). Families are encouraged to come along & participate in license-free fishing in the lake (fishing tackle available to use), learn about ethical fishing techniques, release rainbow trout in Rice Lake, prizes, live music, exhibitor booths, Bouncy Castles, and big fire trucks. There will also be 3 bus tours up to the Seymour River Hatchery leaving at 11am, 12pm and 1pm (first-come, first-served basis). Sun, June 15th (10am – 6pm) – Philippine Days Festival (FREE) Location: Waterfront Park, 200 Block of West Esplanade, North Van Details: This weekend celebrates the 116th Philippine Independence Day. The day begins at 10:00am with the flag raising of the Canadian and Philippine flags at the Civic Plaza by the City Library. The celebrations then move to Waterfront Park where a small parade and a colorful opening ceremony takes place. Each year, approximately 20,000 people gather at this 2-day festival, where everyone gets a taste of traditional Filipino cuisine, live cultural entertainment, including songs and dances, and great fellowship with the Filipino community. The event is organized by Metro Vancouver Philippine Arts and Culture Exposition Society, in collaboration with the District and City of North Vancouver, and is supported by various Filipino and Canadian vendors, organizations and media partners. Sun, June 15th (10am – 12noon) – Dad Gets in Free at Playland! (FREE) Location: PNE, East Hastings Street, Vancouver Details: Have fun this father’s day at Playland. On Sunday, June 15, dads receive FREE admission from 10am-12pm providing them with access to over 30 rides and attractions. Valid only with the accompanying purchase of a regular or junior One-Day PlayPass or same day purchase of regular or junior Season PlayPass. And don’t forget about Kids Playce at Playland – it provides the perfect setting for families looking to spend some activity time in a clean, safe & kid-friendly environment! Special grass picnic areas are perfectly suited for families looking to have a picnic right in Playland Sun, June 15th (10am – 12noon) – Soapbox Race (FREE) Location: Seymour Heights Elementary, Carnation St., North Van Details: Local children aged 10-12yrs have been putting enthusiasm, spark and hard work into designing their own soapbox racers through Social Success by Soapbox, a program to increase their social skills and community well-being. After months of commitment it’s now time to race. Cheer them on at this great community event, and bring noisemakers if you have them! There will also be a concession, face painting, charity BBQ, raffle, obstacle course and DJ. Sun, June 15th (10:30am – 3pm) – Save Our Shores Waterfront Walk Location: Cates Park to Deep Cove, North Van Details: The Annual Save Our Shores Low Tide Waterfront Discovery Walk is a moderately challenging walk for all ages, along beach and trails, starting at Cates Park and finishing at Deep Cove. Sign up time is between 10:30am and 11:30am. A free boat ride will bring participants back to their cars (until 3pm), or they can walk back. Sturdy footwear is advisable as there are sections of rocky beach, and do not forget water. Walk begins at Cates Park concession stand.
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, so we recommend double-checking with an event’s website/coordinator before heading out!