Free Things to do on B.C. Family Day #bcfamilyday

Free Things to do on B.C. Family Day #bcfamilyday

On February 11, 2013 British Columbians will celebrate our first official holiday dedicated to families – B.C. Family Day.

We have just returned back to Canada after visiting 13 countries over a 2 month period and we know that British Columbia is an incredible place to live and this day is perfect for families to discover some of the incredible activities B.C. has to offer!

Here is a run-down of some of the top free activities for BC residents this Family day.


Join us at the Vancouver Art Gallery space for a day of all-ages activities and concerts including local Juno award winners Said the Whale as well as street entertainment, face painting, a hockey shoot out, local artists and more! Other highlights will include educational activities from Science World, Britannia Mining Museum, and the Royal BC Museum. Free ice skate rentals and skating will add to the fun below Robson Street at the Robson Square Ice Rink only a few steps away. Keep your eyes peeled for your favourite mascots and stilt walkers!

Download the performance schedule

Location: Vancouver Art Gallery, Georgia and Howe

Time: 11:00am – 7:00pm


Come on down to Ship Point in the Inner Harbour for a day-long series of concerts by some great local bands and  performers, including popular indie rockers Current Swell and one of Canada’s legendary and ageless rock bands – Trooper!

Get your face painted, try our scavenger hunt, learn something new, or take a tour of HMCS Saskatoon a Canadian Forces ship.

Download the performance schedule

Location: Ship Point, Inner Harbour, Victoria B.C.

Time: 11:00am – 7:00pm

Family Day at Bear Mountain – February 9th – 11th

Come up to the mountain and spend BC’s first Family Day with us! But instead of just 1 day to spend with your family, they have the whole weekend planned and it’s all FREE! Everything from a swim to a skate to a hike.


Enjoy a free skate or a free swim at the community centre and arena on Third Street. See how B.C. Family Day is being done Nanaimo style! Make sure you check out the four activity zones as well!

Location: Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and Nanaimo Ice Centre – 741 Third Street / Ice Centre- 750 third street

Time: 12:00pm- 5:00pm

Prince George

At The Exploration Place people will be able to take advantage of free admission for the day. Chase away the Feblue-aries with the new holiday. Don’t forget to see what’s going on at the four activity zones!

Location: The Exploration Place 333 Becott Place, (at the end of 20th Ave., in Fort George Park)

Time: 10am- 4:00pm


Swimming at the Parkinson recreation centre is free to the public. Splash around at the pool or meet up with your friends at the activity zones. At four themed stations, visitors will be able to take part in activities and presentations like face painting, storytelling circles and opportunities to learn about B.C.’s natural riches.

Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre 1800 Parkinson Way

Time: 10:00am- 3:00pm


For B.C. Family Day, the Tournament Capital Centre becomes a B.C. Family Day hub where you can have a free swim and check out the B.C. Family Day activity zones. Come out and see what’s going on.

Location: Tournament Capital Centre , 910 McGill Road
Time: NOTE: this event will take place on Sunday, February 10 from 10:00am- 4:00pm


A free swim and a visit to the activity zones are great way to spend the day.

Location: Western Financial Place, 1777 2nd Street North
Time: 12:00pm- 5:00pm

Other Family Day Activities and Events

Below are other Family Day events and activities happening across the province. This listing will be updated as we hear about more great things to do.

Lower Mainland

B.C. Sports Hall of Fame – 50% off admission on Family Day

Vancouver Lookout Family Day Weekend – Tours, scavenger hunts, orienteering start Feb. 9 at 9:00 AM

Richmond Children’s Arts Festival – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Family Day

City of New Westminster Family Day celebration – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

City of Burnaby Family Day at Bonsor Recreation Centre – 9:30 AM – 8:30 Pm

City of Burnaby Family Day at the carousel 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

City of Burnaby Famly Day Skate at Kensington Recreation Complex 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Vancouver Giants Family Day Game
The Vancouver Giants take on the Portland Winterhawks at 2:00pm at the Pacific Coliseum. TELUS is sponsoring Family Day festivities that include autograph sessions, live music, interactive games, colouring, popcorn, hot chocolate, and more — all included with your game ticket.

Vancouver Island


Family Day at City Centre Park 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM


Kootenay Lake Day Fishing Derby February 9-11


Steven Zussino

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