Spring Has Sprung!
It’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the scent of cherry blossoms and freshly cut grass fill the air. As we start to shed our winter blues along with our winter coats, we realize – spring is here! And with spring comes the Easter long weekend.
Not sure what to do with your time off? Looking for some Easter themed fun but don’t know where to go? Not to worry, we have come up with a list of some of the best, most diverse, and family-friendly fun for you and yours to enjoy on any budget.
Here are some Easter events happening this weekend around the Lower Mainland to help you hop right into spring.
The Annual Grouse Mountain Easter Brunch
This Easter-themed brunch atop beautiful Grouse Mountain promises fun for all ages. Each entry ticket will include a gondola ride to and from the top of the mountain, a gourmet buffet brunch with options for adults and kids alike, professional face painting, and a hopping good Easter egg hunt hosted by the Easter Bunny himself.
This event takes place on April 5th with brunch seating available between 10 am and 2 pm. Tickets cost $48 per adult and $16 for kids.
For more information and to make your reservations, visit the Grouse Mountain website here.
Van Dusen Botanical Garden Easter Egg Hunt
The annual Van Dusen Botanical Garden Easter egg hunt is a Vancouver tradition and Easter long weekend favourite. A $15 ticket will gain both you and your child entry into the garden filled with Easter-themed fun. You can meet the Easter Bunny and his furry friends at the CinemaZoo exhibit, do some pottery painting, plant carrots to take home to your own garden, and children can participate in an Easter egg hunt in the gardens.
Pre-purchase your tickets for the event which will happen on April 4th and 5th, with morning and afternoon events happening each day.
For more information, visit the City of Vancouver’s website at this link.
Ride the Stanley Park Easter Train
Ride the Stanley Park Easter Train all the way to tons of Easter-themed fun. This popular event is great for kids, with crafts, egg hunts throughout the day, face painting, and of course a two-kilometre train ride through Stanley Park’s natural beauty. Be sure to bring your own basket to fill with yummy treats!
The Easter train will be making trips on April 1st- 6th from 10am until 5pm, rain or shine. Tickets cost $8.75 for children and $3.50 for adults.
To pre-book your tickets and for more information, visit the City of Vancouver’s website.
Get Creative with an Art Workshop
For a more artistic Easter experience for children, check out Colour With Me’s art and design workshop. The workshop is open to kids aged 5 – 11 years old and includes creative fun like storytelling, painting, and drawing. The kids will also get a painting project to take home afterward. The event will be taking place at the Swiss Bakery in Vancouver and will have an area for adults to relax with beverages and pastries while the little ones are busy.
Pre-purchase your tickets and bring them with you on April 5th. Tickets are $25 and there will be two time slots for this event, the first from 1 pm to 2 pm, and the second from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm.
For more information and to purchase tickets, vists Ticketzone’s website.
Fishy Fun at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
For a fishy spin on Easter fun, head out to Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston for their annual Easter event. Fun for kids aged 2-12 years old, there will be crafts to make, games to play, goody bags, and Easter (salmon) egg hunts every 30 minutes!
This event will be taking place from April 3rd- 5th with admission being $3.90 for kids, $7.80 for adults, and $6.55 for seniors.
For more information, visit the Gulf of Georgia’s website.
Annual Heywood Park Easter Egg Hunt
This free event, hosted by the North Vancouver Lions, is perfect for younger children. There will be crafts, fun entertainment, refreshments, and a bouncy castle, weather permitting. Being held at North Vancouver’s largest park, there will be tons of room for children to play and of course participate in the Easter egg hunt, which is suitable for youngsters aged 2-9 years old.
Hop on over to Heywood Park on April 4th to join in the fun from 10:30 am until noon, while supplies last.
For more information, visit North Shore Tourism’s website here.
Easter Fun with the Grandparents
Bring along the grandparents to an Easter event in Burnaby and have some festive fun with the whole family. Kids aged 17 months to ten years old are welcome to join in the fun when accompanied by a grandparent. There will be Easter basket decorating along with other crafts, and an Easter egg hunt where kids can fill up their baskets.
Bring the whole family on April 4th, from 10 am until noon, to the Bonsor Centre for 55+ for this event. Admission will be $1.86 per child who must be accompanied by a grandparent.
For directions and more information, visit the City of Burnaby’s website.
Hastings Park Farmers Market
An afternoon at the local and ever popular Farmers Market is fun for the whole family. Check out local produce, baked goods, and crafts, then grab some grub from the best of Vancouver’s food trucks and stroll through the nearby Italian Gardens and playground. This is a delicious way to get outside and enjoy the best of BC’s bounty.
The market will be held every Sunday from March 8th until April 26th at the PNE in Hastings Park.
For directions and more information, visit Eat Local’s website.
A Very Victorian Easter
Are you after a more traditional Easter celebration? Then look no further than Surrey’s Historic Stewart Farm’s Easter celebration filled with old fashioned fun. On April 4th, from 1 pm until 2:30 pm, there will be Victorian-inspired crafts to make, eggs to dye, and games to play for kids aged 4-8 years old. There will also be a chance to explore the historic farm grounds while hunting for Easter eggs.
Admission is $10.75 and pre-booking is required.
For more information and to pre-book, visit Tourism Surrey’s website at this link.
Easter Egg Hunt Maze and Farm Fun
Spend an afternoon with the family hunting for Easter eggs in Chilliwack Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm’s giant hay bale maze. There will be goody bags for every child alongside a bushel of other fun on the farm activities like face painting, crafting, pedal cart racing, a giant jumping pillow, contests, the Easter bunny, and his baby farm animal friends.
Join in the fun on April 3rd and 4th from 10 am until 3 pm. Admission is free for adults and $8 plus tax for children.
For directions, visit Chilliwack Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm’s website.
Eco-Easter Egg Hunt
This free drop-in Easter egg hunt is fun and educational. Bring your own Easter basket and get ready to find not only Easter eggs, but also the egg-laying species who call the Colony Farm Regional Park home.
All ages are welcome to this event which will take place on April 4th from 10 am until noon and is hosted by the Colony Farm Park Association.
For more information, visit Metro Vancouver’s website.
Pony Rides and Story Time
If you feel a pony ride is in order this weekend, head to North Vancouver’s Maplewood Farm. On April 5th from 10 am until noon, there will not only be pony rides for children but also professional face painting, bunny ear making, an Easter egg hunt, and from 10:45 am until 11:45 am there will be singalongs and storytelling courtesy of Barefoot Books.
Pony rides will be $10 and given on a first come, first served basis. Admission for adults is $8.85 and $5.75 for children and seniors.
For more information and for directions, visit Maplewood Farms’ website.