Park Board spring break activities: educational, entertaining, and some free

VanDusen Botanical Garden
March 5 2015 –

With the early arrival of spring and spring break around the corner, why not be a tourist in your own city?

Visit VanDusen Garden and Bloedel Conservatory; hop aboard the Stanley Park Train; and register for a camp at one of our community centres, golf courses, or pools.

VanDusen Garden

During the month of March, get up to two free garden admissions for children 12 years and under with the purchase of regular priced adult, senior, or youth admission.

If you’re looking for a new, family-friendly way to enjoy the outdoors, VanDusen Botanical Garden has lots of fun activities for all ages:

  • Explore 55 acres of gardens, ponds, lakes, forest, and a hedge maze.
  • Catch a glimpse of wildlife, including owls, hawks, hummingbirds, ducks, and turtles.
  • Discover more than 7,000 plants from around the world. Look out for early flowering rhododendrons, helleborus, crocus, cornelian cherry, camellias, magnolias, and other spring bulbs in bloom.

VanDusen Garden gives children an opportunity at spring break camps to:

  • Explore the connections between art and nature.
  • Find living examples of ancient plants.
  • Investigate a rainforest.
  • Learn nature and watercolour techniques.

Fraserview and McCleery golf courses

The popular spring break junior golf camps return to Fraserview and McCleery golf courses from:

  • March 9 – 13
  • March 16 - 20

Camps cover skills development, including putting, chipping and full swing, along with rules and etiquette

Learn more about golf camps

Community centres

The Park Board’s 24 community centres offer:

  • A variety of sports, art, dance, science, and technology camps for preschoolers, children, and youth.
  • Full day camps with daily outings at most centres, and before and after care is also available.

Unique experiences this year include:

  • Rhythmic gymnastics spring camp at Coal Harbour Community Centre
  • A musical theatre adventure camp at Hastings Community Centre
  • A yoga, dance, and art camp at Kerrisdale Community Centre
  • Aquatic adventures at Templeton Park Pool
  • Video game design at Trout Lake Community Centre

Register for courses

Templeton Park Pool

Children can get into the swim of things with an aquatic adventures camp from March 9 – 13 at Templeton Park Pool.

Register in person or by phone at 604-718-6252.

Bloedel Conservatory

For a tropical staycation, take the family to Bloedel Conservatory, which is open daily. 

Stanley Park Train

The Easter bunny arrives early at the Stanley Park Train. The train will be carrying passengers on a fun two-kilometre journey through the forest from:

  • March 28 and 29
  • April 1 - 6

There will also be an Easter egg hunt (indoors if it rains), and the train is covered on rainy days.

Learn more about what activities are available

Community centres

We operate 24 community centres. Find out where they are and what programs and services they offer.

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Our 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver with over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world.

Easter Train

Celebrate spring with a fun-filled ride on Easter Train, an Easter egg hunt, and a visit with the Easter Bunny.

Bloedel Conservatory

The Bloedel Conservatory is an indoor tropical garden in Queen Elizabeth Park, atop the highest point of the city.

Golf courses, pitch and putts, and driving ranges

Find information about our golf facilities: golf courses, pitch & putts, and driving ranges. Book tee times at our golf courses.