Spring Break: PlayDome at BC Place, March 22-26, 2017

Western Canada’s largest and most anticipated indoor carnival is back for spring break 2017 as PlayDome returns to BC Place. PlayDome features more than 45 rides and attractions, plus your favourite carnival snacks and games, all under one roof!

PlayDome will be open from Wednesday, March 22nd through to Sunday, March 26th. There’s no better place for families from across the Lower Mainland to spend their spring break. All of your favourite rides and attractions have returned, so be sure to take a spin on the Tornado, experience weightlessness on the Alien Abduction and soar into the sky with the Mini Jets.
Once you’ve taken a turn on all the rides, snack on all your favourite fair foods like cotton candy and mini donuts and play the always-entertaining Carnival Games.
Find more information visit their FAQ page or phone 604-669-2300.
Prices: 
$29 Dome Pass (valid for full day, all rides)

$49 Ultimate Pass (5-days, all rides) 

$8 Guest Pass (required to enter as a spectator)

For groups sales contact 604-252-3663 / groupsales@pne.ca
*Children under 2 years old admitted free (for safety reasons, they are not permitted to ride)

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with FlyOver Canada!

For a limited time, FlyOver Canada presents Flight of the Dragon, a flight ride experience that takes you over the breathtaking Chinese countryside and renowned landmarks.


FlyOver Canada invites all guests to come and enjoy both FlyOver Canada and Flight of the Dragon; two virtual flight rides for the regular admission price! Save time onsite, buy tickets online now.

The Flight of the Dragon Experience
Start your experience off in our pre-show room, where you will see beautiful festive decorations and still images of Chinese New Year celebrations. Then, buckle up your seat-belt and get prepared for our virtual flight ride double feature!


First, follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery during Flight of the Dragon. Then, remain seated and take off once again shortly after to experience the Ultimate Flying Ride, FlyOver Canada, a thrilling virtual flight ride that takes you across Canada from east-to-west. Both rides incorporate state of the art special effects including wind, scents, mist in addition to the movement of your seat to make you feel like you are truly flying. 
The complete experience will last between 20 – 25 minutes.


Entrance/Show Times

Entrance times are every 20 minutes.

Please note that the queuing area is partially exposed to the elements. They suggest that guests dress accordingly for the weather, particularly on weekends when there may be wait times.

To avoid entrance lineups, FlyOver Canada strongly suggests purchasing FastLane Admission tickets on weekends . Purchase your FastLane tickets now.

{{Giveaway}} Celebrate Dry, Family New Year’s with Vancouver Christmas Market!

Vancouver Christmas Market will be hosting a Dry New Year’s Family Celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 11am-9pm at Jack Poole Plaza. This family-focused, dry event will offer a host a children’s entertainment, live music, food and gift vendors to ring in the New Year as a family. 


This is the perfect event for the young and young at heart to embark on some holiday family fun. Mom and Dad will find it hard to keep up as little ones enjoy the following delightful activities: 
Visit the Photo Hut for a family photo op.

Take a spin on the carousel!


Keep dry and warm up in the heated Alpine Haus.

Listen to live music from Des Larson, Paul Filek, and BANG.

Receive FREE kids glitter tattoos. Choose from fun designs that celebrate the New Year, German-style: A ladybug, a little pig, fireworks, and more! 

Enjoy FREE kids balloon twisting.

Receive a FREE kids caricature: Get a funny artwork souvenir as we head into the New Year.

To view the complete event schedule click here: VCMentertainment

Ticket prices
Single Admission from Adult $8 Children 0-6, Free

Admission is subject to event capacity. 

For ticket bookings and further details, visit: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

Please note that Vancouver Christmas Market is not an official viewing area for the 2016 New Year’s Eve fireworks. For detailed information about viewing zones, please visit: nyevan.com

{{The Giveaway!}}

I’ve got a Family 4pk of passes to giveaway to this New Year’s Eve event for one lucky Raincity Parent reader! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area and the Sea to Sky Corridor, 18 years and over only! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Personalized greetings for the kiddos from Santa! #PortableNorthPole {{Promo Code}}

The most magical time of the year is here, and for many families worldwide, the Christmas holiday wouldn’t be complete without personalized video messages from Santa to the kids and kids-at-heart by Portable North Pole (PNP). 

The No 1 mobile Santa app is considered a cherished, modern tradition with more than 125 million videos viewed worldwide. PNP lets you create and send adorable videos and calls online or with the free mobile app. New this year – a special Reaction Recorder (mobile app only) that lets you capture the moment of joy and surprise when Santa Claus reveals whether your child is on his “naughty” or “nice” list – creating a cherished keepsake for parents.  

It only takes a few minutes to craft a magical video from Santa that your child, friends and family members will remember forever. Simply visit the PortableNorthPole.com web site or download the mobile app for iOS and Android. Create a video by entering details such as name, age and the gift your loved one is hoping for, and upload favorite pictures.  


The end result is a richly visual, cinematic video where the iconic Santa Claus himself addresses your child, friends and family members directly from his fairy-tale home in the North Pole. In addition to the Reaction Recorder, the mobile app also offers fun extras for littles, including holiday games to play, like shaking ornaments off a tree, and having Santa’s elves repeat what you say back to you in their endearing voices.  



PNP offers free videos for everyone, with the option to upgrade to a premium package, including the Video Pass (PLACEHOLDER ADD WEB PRICE) or Magic Pass (PLACEHOLDER ADD WEB PRICE). Both packages provide enchanting premium video storylines to choose from, with each offering five or more minutes of footage featuring several adorable experiences to watch, such as visiting with the elves as they work on your Big Book or see them in busy with the reindeer on Christmas Eve, as well as the Reaction Recorder (mobile app only). They also let you create an unlimited number of premium videos, and come with a special “Santa’s Coming” video to watch on Christmas Eve and birthday messages. The Magic Pass also includes 20 wonderful holiday messages from Santa that kids can listen to on the phone, and
four story time videos read by Santa himself, that are made available each week leading up to
Christmas.  


To help spread a little extra cheer to those who may need it the most, PNP donates five percent
of all online sales proceeds to more than 40 children’s hospitals around the world. More than $300,000 has been donated on behalf of PNP’s fans since 2012.  

PNP can be enjoyed in 180 countries and in six different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.  

For more information, please visit Portable North Pole at https://www.portablenorthpole.com.


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PNP has created a special promo code for all Raincity Parent readers to use to save 20% on your purchase of the Magic Pass! Go to www.portablenorthpole.com and register for an account, then to redeem your 20%, go to  http://bit.ly/2g1F2RT.

20% will automatically be deducted and you will see the price difference right away!

 {{Giveaway}} Vancouver Park Board delivers holiday magic … and a carousel ride … during Festival of Lights.

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and explore beautiful VanDusen Botanical Garden during the 32nd annual Festival of Lights (FOL), Vancouver’s premier and longest running holiday event.


More than 15 acres of the Garden will be decorated with one million lights. The event includes the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, roving Scandinavian gnomes, music, tasty treats and drinks, Santa, and new this year, a holiday carousel. A ride on the carousel is included in every event admission.

Garden visitors can also experience the romance of Paris right here in Vancouver! Stop by the Eiffel Tower to take a selfie under the dazzling lights and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #JardinsDeParis for a chance to win two economy tickets to Paris, courtesy of Air France and YVR.

There is also a photo contest this year. Visitors can use #VanDusenFOL and post event photos on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win prizes, including a one-year membership to VanDusen Garden.


Share to win!

Tag #VanDusenFOL for your chance to win one of 4 great prizes including:

A 1 year membership to VanDusen Botanical Garden

Afternoon Tea for Two at Truffles Café 

$100 gift certificate to Shaughnessy Restaurant

VanDusen Festival of Lights Toque 
FOL runs nightly between December 1 and January 2 and is closed December 25. More information can be found at vancouver.ca/VanDusenFOL.


Hours:

December 1, 2016 to January 2, 2017 4:30pm – 9:00pm

December 16 to 23 OPEN LATE 4:30pm – 10:00pm

Closed Dec 25

Prices:

Adult: $18.50 (incl. $0.76 GST + $2.50 service charge)

Senior (65 and older): $14.25 (incl. $0.57 GST + $2.25 service charge)

Youth (13 – 18): $14.25 (incl. $0.57 GST + $2.25 service charge)

Child (4 – 12): $11.00 (incl. $0.43 GST + $2 service charge)

Family (2 adults + 2 children 18 and under): $40.00 (incl. $1.71 GST + $4 service charge)

Children under 3: Free


Located at 5251 Oak Street in the heart of Vancouver, getting to VanDusen Botanical Garden is easy.

Make use of sustainable transportation options: walk, bike, or take public transit.

Parking is free – but limited – with electric vehicle charging stations available.

Phone: 604-257-8335


VanDusen Botanical Garden, located in the heart of Vancouver, spans across 55 acres with more than 7,500 unique species and varieties of plants arranged in 50 distinct collections. The Garden is jointly operated by the Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver Botanical Garden Association.  

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I’ve got a Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 Kiddos) to give away to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area, Fraser Valley and Sea to Sky Corridor, 18 years and over. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Yule Duel: Vancouver’s Largest Outdoor Competition Returns to Gastown

The Yule Duel event is on for one night only – so it’s a can’t-miss event to kick-off the Christmas season in Vancouver. As well, the event is more than just a carolling competition, as it is a way for the participating choirs and the community to give back by fundraising for May’s Place which provides much-needed compassionate end-of-life care to vulnerable people in the Downtown Eastside.


Yule Duel brings together Vancouver’s top choirs and some of the city’s most notable personalities to fundraise for May’s Place which provides much needed, compassionate end-of-life care to vulnerable people in the Downtown Eastside. 

When: December 1, from 6-9 PM.

Where: Along Water Street in Vancouver’s vibrant Gastown.

What to expect: Choirs will be performing along Water Street. People can wander the street to enjoy a diverse selection of carolling performances by over 20 of Vancouver’s top choirs, each with a unique style ranging from rock to pop to gospel. There are a number of opportunities for people to make donations to the groups they like best.

Why the “Duel” in Yule Duel? Throughout the evening choirs will sing their hearts out in hopes of performing in a sing-off on the main stage. Everyone is welcome to vote for their favourite choir, by buying a button for $5 and casting a vote. Near 8pm, the panel of celebrity judges will select their favourite choirs from those with the most votes. The top two choirs will then ‘duel’ it out on stage.  

Judges: This year’s judges include: John Fluevog, Fluevog Shoes; Morna Edmondson, Elektra Women’s Choir; Mike Forrester, Coastal Jazz; Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss 604; and Vision Councilor, Heather Deal.

MC: People will be entertained by hilarious and charming, Fred Lee.

Choirs: Saint James Music Academy Choir, the Lions Gate Chorus, and Vancouver Pops Choir are among the wide range of top level choirs you will see and hear.

“All donations received will be given to May’s Place, which provides compassionate end-of-life care to some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” said Michele Sutherland, Manager of Hospice Services at May’s Place. “We’re so grateful for the generous support this event received last year, raising more than $38,000 to support our charity. We can’t wait to see what this year brings!”

Yule Duel is a joint partnership between the Gastown Business Improvement Society and The Bloom Group, the nonprofit operator of May’s Place. Media partners include Global TV, the Georgia Straight, and Miss 604. Local sponsors include Big Little, The Social Agency, Club Card, Richards Buell Sutton, Inform Interiors, and Miss604.com. 

Are you ready for the Halloween Ghost Train at Stanley Park? {{Giveaway}}

Halloween is just around the corner and the Ghost Train in Stanley Park is back for 2016! This year’s festive and chilling new theme is Day of the Dead!


Prepare to be thrilled and chilled by La Llorona, La Catrina and other mischievous souls in celebration of the Day of the Dead! Gather with friends and family to honour the returning spirits of our loved ones as we explore this delightful festivaof life.

Be serenaded by a mariachi band, ride the train through the tunnel of flames with the Aztec Lord and Lady of Death, and join us in a gorgeous graveyard where friendly souls return to dance.

Opening weekend special – October 8 and 9

All-ages tickets for matinee and evening trains are only $6.00 plus tax!

Live performers are only part of the evening train experience.

Volunteer with Ghost Train

Are you a high school student looking for a volunteer experience in a fast-paced environment? Get an opportunity to work with our Ghost Train team on-site. Contact 604-689-1463 for details.

Opening hours

The Ghost Train is open October 8 to 31, 2016. We will be closed October 10 for Thanksgiving Day.

Live theatrical performance train

Monday to Thursday, 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Friday to Sunday, 5:30pm to 10:00pm

Matinee train

Our matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest and view our thematic displays. Ticket sales for the matinee train end at 5:00pm.

There are no live performers during matinee train rides.
Friday to Sunday, 11:00am to 5:00pm (last train at 5:00pm)

Night train
Our classic night train ride includes a 14 minute experience following our “Day of the Dead” theme with lights, sounds, and live performers.

Spooky Barn

The third annual Spooky Barn is open all operating hours. Enjoy this fun, indoor, haunted addition to our family friendly event.

Escape from the weather and have a Spooky good time for just $2 per person. Spooky Barn will be available for both matinee and evening show times.

Tickets

You must buy a ticket to ride the train and for admission to the Spooky Barn. Your ticket is valid for one Ghost Train ride and other attractions in the plaza. Tickets for the Spooky Barn sold separately.

Adult (19 – 64 years) $11.00 + GST

Senior (65+ years) $8.00 + GST

Youth (13 – 18 years) $8.00 + GST

Child (3 – 12 years) $7.00 + GST

Child (2 years and under) Free

Matinee train (all ages) $6.00 + GST

Spooky Barn $2.00 + GST

Ticket details can be found online by clicking here.

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{{THE GIVEAWAY!!!}}

The Ghost Train at Stanley Park has given us TWO tickets to give away to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! Each ticket admits two people, so four people get in! Winner MUST choose from the following dates: October 8, 9, 11 or 12. This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area and the Sea to Sky corridor only. Winner will be drawn October 7th. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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