Kids Activities in North Vancouver

Beaty Biodiversity Museum – Up to 51% Off Membership or Visit

Vancouver

C$35 C$17

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The museum features 20,000 sq. ft. of exhibits and showcases over 500 permanent exhibits, temporary exhibits and interactive activities

Up to 55% Off Stand-up Paddleboarding Courses and Starter Packs

Kitsilano Yacht Club

C$50 C$25

MacSailing at Kits Yacht Club teaches standup-paddleboarding basics in group lessons dedicated to time in the waters of English Bay

Up to 59% Private Early-Education Music Classes

Vancouver

C$120 C$59

Early-education music classes give kids a head start in techniques for playing instruments such as guitar and piano, as well as singing

46% Off Water-Park Outings in Richmond

Richmond

C$73.75 C$40

Indoor waterpark & fitness centre soaks families & partygoers in 57-metre competition pool, pair of waterslides & interactive play structure

Half Off Piano or Music Theory Lessons at Cadenza Music

Richmond

C$76 C$38

Experienced musicians teach first-time pianists proper arm use and basic scales; music theory pupils explore music's structures and forms

Up to 53% Off Bees & Bugs Lab

Cloverdale

C$15 C$7

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Kid-friendly interactive exhibits that teach about insects, arthropods, and bees, with honey tasting include; tea with pastries

Up to Half Off at Fun World Family Playcentre

Fleetwood

C$50 C$25

7,500-square-foot play centre’s jungle gyms, arcade, and snacks provide all-day entertainment

Up to 53% Off at Dynamic Music Instruction

Multiple Locations

C$105 C$50

Passionate musicians teach students of all ages and skill levels techniques in piano, voice, guitar, bass, and musical theory

51% Off Bowling at Alder Alley

Aldergrove

C$37 C$18

Bowling alley opened in 1962 features five-pin bowling and vintage decor and hosts up to six on one of its 10 lanes

46% Off Whale-Watching Trip

Multiple Locations

$109 $59

Veteran skippers welcome 12 tourists onto vessels and guarantee encounters with underwater giants during whale-watching tours

BC Forest Discovery Centre – Up to 51% Off Visits

Duncan

C$32 C$16

Ride an ancient train, examine logging machines, and explore 100 acres of land during visits to a museum with six-plus decades of history

Up to 50% Off Whale-Watching Cruise

Bellingham

$129 $64

70- to 90-mile whale-watching cruise travels around San Juan Islands, launching from marina about 2 miles from I-5, with free parking

Up to 42% Off Orca Whale-Watching Tour

Anacortes

$105 $65

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Five- to six-hour tour guarantees passengers an up-close view of orca whales as an onboard naturalist shares interesting facts

50% Off Whale-Watching Tour from Five Star

Downtown

C$105 C$52

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Humpback whales and seals play backup in a sea that draws one of the largest killer-whale gatherings in the world

50% Off 30-Minute Music Lessons

Victoria

C$50 C$25

Diane, a musician since age 8, draws on years of experience and a teaching degree to help students learn piano and other musical instruments

Up to 57% Off Paddleboard Rental or Lesson

Market Square

C$45 C$22

Take in the region’s native wildlife, mountains, and beaches atop stand-up paddleboards

Up to 54% Off Kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental

Brentwood Bay

C$60 C$29

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Couples or foursomes explore Brentwood Bay aboard kayaks or atop stand-up paddleboards

45% Off Two Kids’ Workshops at 4Cats Arts Studio

Langford

C$60 C$33

Workshops cover topics from abstract paintings inspired by famous artists to the art of sculpting with real potters’ tools; open to kids 3+

Up to 47% Off at Discovery Village

Gig Harbor

$42.50 $25

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Interactive play center invites kids up to age 10 to explore a miniature town, sand box, drawing area, and indoor playground

Up to 46% Off Orca-Watching Tour

Friday Harbor

$96 $59

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Certified marine naturalists helm 3.5- to 4-hour tours explaining stories about wildlife witnessed throughout trip

Up to 50% Off The Whale Museum

Friday Harbor

$12 $6

Beneath whale skeletons & family trees of local pods, patrons revel in haunting whale songs & videos of orcas bursting through surf

Up to 42% Off Animal Tour at Olympic Game Farm

Sequim

$24 $14

Visitors drive through habitats of bears, lions, elk, and wolves

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

70% Off Lessons at The Art and Science of Guitar 

Marysville

$120 $35.99

Private guitar lessons teach theory and performance technique for a variety of genres and guitar types

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Since 1983, three-time Canadian bowling champion Richard Grubb has owned and operated North Shore Bowl and ensured that the lanes live up to his elite standards. The alley itself has welcomed bowlers since 1961 and offers 16 lanes of traditional five-pin bowling with open hours seven days a week. The lanes, which host men's, women's, and seniors' leagues, welcome luminescent bowlers each weekend for glow bowling. North Shore Bowl also hosts a collection of classic arcade games and a party room so that groups can sing privately to cakes before eating them.

141 3rd St W
North Vancouver,
BC
CA

Cities are the ultimate conglomerations, existing as both the collections of people, institutions, and locations that currently compose them as well as the memories of all of the bygone inhabitants that came before. Without some concept of that past, current-day residents are hard-pressed to really understand their present. Fortunately, the historians at Museum of Vancouver keep visitors in the know with expertly curated exhibits revealing the unforgettable events that shaped the city's character. In the permanent galleries, a series of permanent historical displays chronicle the city’s evolution from the 1900s real-estate boom into the excitement of the 1970s. In 1960s-1970s: You Say You Want A Revolution, Vancouver’s hippie community comes to life with the jangling tunes of local bands of the day and discussions of the Greenpeace movement; in Neon Vancouver, Ugly Vancouver, gallery walls fill with the sizzling light of antique advertising and signage rescued from obscurity before its date with the dump.

To complement the history galleries, three special rotating exhibits each year showcase works by artists such as Tobias Wong, a cheeky craftsman considered one of the forerunners of conceptual design. In 2013, visitors will revist Vancouver's street photography era as they delve into the works of the infamous Foncie Pulice, and explore the west coast modernist architecture of Daniel Evans White. During special events, the museum’s halls fill with the wisdom of curators, artists, and others explaining their work.

1100 Chestnut St
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Rolling strikes is in the Marino family’s blood. The family has presided over Grandview Lanes for three generations, ever since Louis Marino established the alley back in 1947. In those days, the pins had to be set by hand, a task Louis's son, George, remembers all too well. As he told Westender reporter Mary Frances Hill, "You'd have 40 women bowling during the day (in the 1950s), and only two pin setters […]. So we'd run around like crazy."

Today, machines act as the alley’s pin setters, but the Marinos are still around and running the show. George's daughter, Tammy, manages the modernized alley, where automatic scoring makes things easier for a younger generation that has never seen a real wooden pencil. Some things haven't changed though. Bowlers can still visit the lunch counter once run by George's mother, fuelling up between frames with burgers or pizzas laden with a dozen different toppings. And, of course, the game remains relatively unchanged. Downstairs, guests choose between 5-pin or 10-pin bowling, and upstairs, black lights and neon wall murals set the psychedelic stage for the sport's most modern update—glow bowling.

Aside from providing a hub for clean, family-friendly fun, Grandview Lanes actively supports the community by helping the fundraising efforts of organizations such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and The Kensington Foundation for Animals in Crisis.

2195 Commercial Dr
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Now that it has been fully restored, the Rio Theatre immediately recalls the splendour of its grand opening in 1938. Hiding behind the old-fashioned aesthetics, however, are a digital HD projector and surround-sound speakers that immerse filmgoers in an eclectic array of first-run blockbusters and cinema classics. Showing films again as of April 2012, the theatre’s movie selection ranges from sci-fi and horror to wholesome family films, though the program coalesces around a love for pop culture that the owners share with their most ardent fans.

Aside from the daily show times, cult classics—frequently in their original 35 mm form—screen at midnight on Fridays. Guests from all walks of life come out to these packed showings, where they can snack on popcorn made with real butter or win prizes for dressing in costume as their favourite character or key grip. The 420-seat theatre also hosts concerts and events throughout the year, including past performances by Janeane Garofalo and local musicians Bend Sinister.

1660 Broadway E
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Pacific Cinémathèque has been bringing essential cinema to Vancouver for nearly four decades. With an emphasis on international films, art-house flicks, Canadian classics, and under-the-radar movies, Pacific Cinémathèque offers alluring alternatives to the kiss-kiss, bang-bang blitz of Hollywood, earning it honours from the Vancouver Sun as 2009’s best art house/foreign film theatre. Get a double-bill ticket ($11.50 for adults) and activate your celluloid goggles for consumption of two game-changing movie experiences in one night. Upcoming features include a one-two punch from decorated documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles, with Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter chronicling ruinous recluses and rock-‘n’-roll rawness, respectively, while the Italian filmmaker Francesco Rosi’s works get top billing in a special retrospective running May 27–June 10. Other upcoming Pacific Cinémathèque films available on double bills include works by Japanese filmmaking legend Akira Kurosawa and the little-seen American cult comedy Casablanca. Wash down your viewing experience with a small popcorn ($3) and a small pop ($2.50) from the concession stand, both included in your Groupon.

1131 Howe St
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Windsure Adventure Watersports' campers will never look at water the same way again. After five days of immersive instruction, certified instructors have transformed them into watersport experts. The instructors teach kids and adults how to control their vessels, and the bay surrounds surfers with views of sandy beaches, the distant Vancouver skyline, and lush evergreen trees that creep up mountainsides.

Common sights are elongated paddles that cut through its calm water as Windsure's standup-paddleboarding instructors teach classes how to propel themselves forward. Back on the beach, others learn to slide across the sand during skim boarding camps or lessons.

1300 Discovery St
Vancouver,
BC
CA