{{Giveaway}} Toys toys toys! Give them what they’re wishing for this Christmas! #Kaboodles

We all know what kids ask Santa for at Christmas!

Socks and underwear! Ha ha ha!

Nope! But parents know that Santa will always find a way to sneak those into the kiddos stockings to help fill up the toes. Amirite?!

Well, for the presents that the kids actually want, make sure you hit up Kaboodles Toy Store. With four locations throughout Metro Vancouver and and Victoria, you’ll be able to get the wee people in your life something that their little hearts desire!

Be sure to visit Kaboodles Toy Store and donate toys to their 4th Annual Toy Drive benefitting the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau!{{Giveaway}}

Just in time for Christmas, Kaboodles Toy Store has given Raincity Patent a $100 Gift Card to giveaway to one lucky reader! Contest is open to individuals aged 19+ and the winner must be able to pick up their prize from any of the store locations in Vancouver or Victoria. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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The Aliens are coming! {{Giveaway}}

Witness the alien invasion!

Each year the Stanley Park Ghost Train takes our riders on a journey through a mystical and magical world, inspired by Hallowe’en and other spooky tales. This family event is open to all ages and offers a fright free glimpse of the whimsical world of ghosts and ghouls.

Plaza activities include:

  • The Haunted Maze
  • Arts and crafts
  • Exhibits by the Stanley Park Ecology Society
  • Our pumpkin patch

Share your favourite moments on social media with #GhostTrainYVR!

2017 Ghost Train: Alien Invasion

They came from outer space with only one destination in mind: the Stanley Park Ghost Train, and only one goal: alien invasion!

Be prepared to be abducted to an unearthly, fantastical, and strange world. Journey into the restricted zones and witness the landing.

Note Weather notice: The train runs rain or shine. In the case of an extreme weather event, the train may close to protect the safety of our guests and staff. Check our opening hours by phoning our information line at 604-257-8531. Tickets will be refunded only if there is an official closure.

Dates and times:

Open October 13 to 31, 2017.

Live theatrical performance train. Enjoy a 14 minute experience exploring our Alien Invasion theme with lights, sounds, and live performers.

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

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

Matinee train

A great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest and view our thematic displays.

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

Prices

Prices do not include tax.

Age group Price
Adult (19 – 64 years) $12.00
Senior (65+ years) $9.00
Youth (13 – 18 years) $9.00
Child (3 – 12 years) $8.00
Child (2 years and under) Free
Matinee train (all ages) $6.00

Leisure Access Passholders can buy tickets on-site, on the same day they wish to ride, for all matinee and evening trains (5:30pm to close) from Monday to Thursday. Subject to availability.

 

Reserve your tickets in advance. Tickets on sale starting August 9, 2017.

Buy your tickets online or phone 604-252-3700.

Buy tickets now on TicketLeader

Popular dates sell out in advance – buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Service fees and charges apply to advance ticket sales. Get more information on tickets.
FREE PARKING!

The Ghost Train has on-site and overflow parking lots. All parking is free.

Overflow lots include the Info Booth, North Pipeline Road, and Beaver Lake lots.

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The Ghost Train at Stanley Park has generously provided Raincity Parent, two (2) double passes (that’s 4 people) to give away to one lucky reader! Tickets must be used between October 13th-19th!!  Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Must be 19+ to enter and live in the Greater Vancouver area, Fraser Valley or Sea to Sky Corridor.

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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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{{Giveaway}} Award-winning British Comedy Duo, James & Jamesy, Brings Holiday Cheer to Maple Ridge with “O Christmas Tea “

As part of their Vancouver Island Tour, critically and audience acclaimed British comedians, James & Jamesy, make their triumphant debut in Maple Ridge this holiday season with their uproarious Christmas comedy O Christmas Tea, on stage December 22 & 23, 2016 at 7:30pm atThe ACT Arts Centre. The 17-time ‘Best-of-Fest’ winners from theatre festivals across North America invite audience members of all ages to join them in their action-packed quest to save the world from drowning in tea.

Image by Thaddeus Hink

“The Christmas season is a magical time of year that brings people of all ages together; a time when we are encouraged to dream big, embrace imagination, and celebrate a child-like excitement for merriment,” says Jamesy, the quirky and playful half of London’s three-time Impresario Award-winning duo.

“O Christmas Tea brings to the stage a celebration of that joyous holiday spirit, sweeping spectators into an immersive adventure, leaving them bubbling with laughter and brimming with holiday cheer.”

Catastrophe strikes at James and Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world with tea. The friends leap into action, finding innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat. Redefining immersive theatre, these masters of physical comedy—with over a dozen comedy awards to their name—sweep the audience out to sea in a jolly aquatic escapade brimming with whimsy, action, and ingenuity in a celebration of friendship at Christmas.

Regarded as “one of the most popular Fringe duos ever” (CBC), the charismatic James & Jamesy have toured across North America since 2012, performing their original works – including High Tea, 2 for Tea, and In The Dark – more than 400 times to more than 40,000 audience members, earning rave reviews and lifetime fans. Among other accolades, the physical comedians are 2-time finalists for the Just for Laugh’s Best Comedy Award, and winners of the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live Ensemble (2016). They have also been awarded Best of Fest (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto), Most Outstanding Show (London), Best Comedy (Victoria), Patron’s Pick (London), and Best Script (Montreal).

Photography by Kathy Knowles

About James & Jamesy (jamesandjamesy.com)

Since 2012, James & Jamesy have been fearlessly embodied by Aaron Malkin as James and Alastair Knowles as Jamesy. Together, they create award-winning performances that blend theatre, physical comedy, and dance to take audiences on fantastical trips of the imagination. Their unique humour appeals to those of all ages – from children to adults – and fosters an inclusive atmosphere, encouraging of audience involvement. Complementing performances are workshops for students and the community that educate on improvisation and physical comedy techniques, while inspiring participants to overcome fears and find freedom in new and inventive methods of self-expression.

LISTING INFORMATION:

James & Jamesy’s O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy

Date:

December 22 & 23, 2016 at 7:30pm

Ticket prices:

$28 Adult

$24 Senior

$15 Student

Address:

The ACT Arts Centre

11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC

Phone:

604.476.2787

Box Office: 

Online: jamesandjamesy.com/o-christmas-tea

Information: jamesandjamesy.com

{{The Giveaway}}

I have a Family 4pk of tickets to the December 22nd show to giveaway to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area and Sea to Sky Corridor only, 18 years and older. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Hair today…gone tomorrow. {{Giveaway}}

It’s official…we’re now in the final stretch of the year!

Last month, the Dudes banded together to celebrate “Movember” by growing out their facial hair to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide.

Well, it’s time to sheer off the woollies…unless you’re going to get some product and soften up the pricklies.

And ladies…perhaps you’d like to end your shave strike.


I know, I know. It’s getting colder out and the fur that we’ve been ignoring under our pant legs and sleeved shirts has been helping us stay warm.

Well if your ready for a freshening up…pay a visit to Cutie Pie Wax Bar!

Specializing in Brazilian bikini waxing, Cutie Pie also offers waxing for your other body parts. You may also like to sparkle things up with a Vajazzle over the holiday season!

Men, don’t feel left out…there’s services available for you too!

Manzilians, chest and back, as well as facial hair.

Check out their full list of services available here.

Locations

NORTH VANCOUVER
112-223 Mountain Hwy {Main & Mountain}

604-929-2202

WEST VANCOUVER
1570 Marine Drive {Ambleside}

604-912-0131


{{The Giveaway}}

Cutie Pie Wax Bar has given me two, yes two $50 gift cards to giveaway to two lucky Raincity Parent readers! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area and Sea to Sky Corridor only! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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 {{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.  

{{The Giveaway}}

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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