Family Day Fun



There’s an old saying we love: “Families that play together, stay together.” In a time when our work-life balance has been thrown off by constant access to email, texts and social media, it’s more important than ever to value and nurture quality time with our loved ones. 

  • Head to the Mountain: If you love playing in the snow, suit up, pack your skis/snowboards/toboggans and head to Grouse, Seymour or Whistler-Blackcomb, each of which has special deals for Family Day. Grouse is offering 50% off admission to the mountain, Whistler has half-price ski tickets Feb 12 and at Seymour, kids can ski free after 2:30pm Feb 9-11 (with a maximum of two free kids per paying adult).

  • If you relish the view but aren’t up to physical exertion, this is a great time to try the Sea to Sky Gondola, where admission is half-price Feb 10-12. And if you want your snow with fondue, head to Grouse for the Valentine’s Day Snowshoe Fondue Feb 12 and 14. The guided group snowshoe tour has a delicious chocolate fondue finale. A magical end to a Grouse Mountain evening is the Light Walk, free with the price of a lift ticket.

  • BC History Up Close: Fort Langley National Historic Site is a spectacular place to spend a half-day and learn about BC’s early history. Far from a dusty museum, this site is filled with interactive, fun exhibits that cover the fur trade, blacksmithing and barrel-making. On Family Day there will also be an opportunity to make bannock.

  • Kid-focused Fun: If your Family Day includes small kids, there’s a choice of activities in the Lower Mainland. The annual Richmond Children’s Art Festival takes place all day at the Richmond Cultural Centre, while Burnaby Village is offering unlimited carousel rides, a range of children’s art activities and entertainment 11am-2pm. Splash around at Surrey’s recreation centre pools, where family swims are free at various times. For details, visit

  • Food with a view: If you’re looking for a really special Valentine’s dinner with your loved one, book ahead for a meal on a yacht. Magic Yachts Tour, Pride of Vancouver and Vancouver Cruises are each offering impressive date-night opportunities on the water, some including live music, a good buffet and drinks.

  • Warm up your Valentine’s Day by attending the 7th annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival February 14. A series of cafes, bakeries and dessert shops will be participating in this rich, calorie-laden fest that runs January 19 through February 14 and raises funds for the DTE women’s job training program. Info:

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