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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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There’s a new way to save money in town!

Having to make your money stretch is something your parents taught you, but when you start a family, you really appreciate that valuable lesson. Making sure that you have all the basic necessities and still have some left over for the extras!

Watching the flyers for sales, subscribing to websites that send you updates on deals and promotions, joining Facebook groups where members share links and ideas on how to save money, couponing, consignment and resale stores and buy and sell groups and websites are many of the ways we go about saving our money.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a membership card that will give you discounts when you shop at a variety of businesses?

There is!


Launched in Toronto and Vancouver, The Healthy Mom Discount Card is a new membership program that will get you discounts at participating businesses with a selection of natural, health-focused and eco-friendly products and services.

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12 WAYS TO SAVE AT THE FAIR AT THE PNE SPECIAL DAYS AND DEALS LET EVERYONE JOIN IN THE FUN!

The iconic Pacific National Exhibition has been a beloved summer tradition with B.C. families for over 100 years. In the spirit of inclusivity and to honour Canada’s 150th birthday, the PNE is proud to offer many discounted passes and special deals so that families of any size and budget can join in the festivities. These opportunities are in addition to the advantages of pre-booking passes online – yet another way to stretch your summer entertainment dollars to the maximum.

 The 12 best ways to save on admissions or Playland passes at the 2017 Fair.

  • Celebrate Canada 150 on Opening Weekend 11am – 1pm Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20
  • Show your Canadian pride by visibly wearing red or a maple leaf and receive Fair Gate admission for just $1.50.
  • Heroes’ Opening Weekend 11am – Late, Saturday, August 19 and Sunday August 20 
  • FREE gate admission for First Responders and a guest. 

Promotion is valid for current and retired police, RCMP, ambulance workers and firefighters plus one guest. First Responder must present a valid First Responders service card at the gates. Guest does not require a service card.

  • FREE Gate Admission for all guests 11am- 1pm, Tuesdays, August 22 and 29

          Re-entrance hand stamps will only be given after 1pm. Guests are welcome to re-enter the gates prior to 1pm without hand stamp.

  •  Wild Ride Wednesdays 11am – 1pm, Wednesdays, August 23 and 30

            Purchase two Playland passes for the price of 1. Only available onsite day of promotion. Does not apply to ride coupons or complimentary passes.

  • Seniors’ Day 11am – Late, Thursday, August 24

            Seniors 65+ receive FREE gate admission.

  •  Vancity Member Special 11am – Late

            NEW extended special – offer valid every day of The Fair. Vancity members receive $5 gate admission.

  •  BCAA “Membership is Rewarding” rate

BCAA members can visit bcaa.com for special discounts on gate and ride passes for the Fair.

Special Offers:

  •  Pinwheel Deals

            A Fair-wide coupon book offering over $350 in savings. $2 at any Guest Services location, or purchase any Fair Pass online by July 31st and receive a voucher for a free Pinwheel Deals Coupon Book with every order.

  •  After Dark Gate Pass

            After 9pm nightly, purchase a Fair gate pass for just $5.

  •  Twilight Ride Pass After 5pm

            Presented by 94.5 Virgin Radio, Tuesday through Thursday, purchase a Playland pass for $29.75.

Online/Retailer Savings

Save up to $9 when visitors purchase their Fair gate or Playland passes online or at certain Lower Mainland retailers. Retail passes will be available in August. For information, visit http://www.pne.ca

Contests and promotions

All 2017 Fair contests and promotions will be posted at http://www.pne.ca by July 2017. For comparison, the regular admission and pass rates are listed below.

2017 Fair Dates and Times

The 2017 Fair will run from Saturday August 19, until Monday September 4, 2017, and will be closed on Monday August 21 and Monday August 28. Open 11 am until late (weather permitting).

Gate Price

Fair Gate Pass (14-64 years old): $17.00

Online Price: $14.00

Fair Senior Gate Pass *(65 years+; Available onsite and online only; not available at retailers) : $8.50

Online: $6.50

Fair Child Gate Pass (13 years and under) *A maximum of five children aged 13 and under admitted free per one paying adult 21 years of age or older: FREE

Online: FREE

Fair Ride Pass (Over 48” tall): $44.75

Online: $41.75

Fair Ride Rapid Pass Add-On*: $20.00 

Fair Junior Ride Pass (Under 48″ tall): $34.75

Online: $31.75

Fair Season Gate Pass *Online savings will go up to $45.50. Available online only starting August 19, 2017: $40.50

 Fair Gate and Ride Combo Pass *Available online or at retailers online: $52.75

After Dark Gate Pass *Available only at on-site ticket booths after 9pm daily: $5

 Twilight Ride Pass *Available only at on-site ticket booths after 5pm Tuesday through Thursday: $29.75

 Fair Ride Coupons

$1.75 each or 30 coupons for $44.75 *Available for sale on-site only. Each ride requires 4 – 8 coupons per rider 

Pinwheel Deals Coupon Book

Offering over $350 in Fair-wide savings! Available only at on-site ticket booths

ONLINE SPECIAL: Purchase any Fair Pass online by July 31st, and receive a voucher for a free Pinwheel Deals Coupon Book with every order. $2

Craft Beer FestNew reduced admission rate! 

Includes one 4oz sampling cup. Online purchase includes access to a pre-purchased ticketholder line. Beer tokens are $2 each and can be purchased onsite. $7

Online: $5

PNE Donut Dash-5K Run

NEW – kids pricing!

Early Bird: (first 500 registrants) Regular: $35 Kids: $20

June 1: Regular $40 Kids: $25

June 1-July 15: Regular $45 Kids $30

July 16-August 13: Regular $50 Kids $35

Online registration ends on Sunday, August 13, 2017

For more information about The Fair at the PNE visit: www.pne.ca.

About the PNE:

Owned by the City of Vancouver, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is a healthy and vibrant non-profit organization dedicated to providing over 3 million visitors a year with first-class cultural, sporting and family entertainment events. Founded in 1910, the PNE operates from a 114-acre site at Hastings Park, a multi-facility venue in Vancouver where the organization operates four activity streams: an annual 15-day Fair, Playland Amusement Park, maintenance and care of the Hastings Park site and management of the site’s year-round facilities. These facilities are utilized to celebrate a variety of hockey, amateur sporting, music, community, social, cultural and commercial events throughout the year.  

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)

{{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

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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}} Cherish the Charm, Taste the Tradition as German Christmas Fest Lights Up 50,000 Square Feet of Holiday Fun & Finery at Jack Poole Plaza .

We are so excited to visit the Vancouver Christmas Market again this year at their new location!

This family-friendly event is always a treat to go to with the abundance of shopping, amazing food and kid-friendly activities!

Nothing says “It’s Christmas Time in the City” like the Vancouver Christmas Market, launching its 7th season on November 26 at a new and expanded scenic site at Jack
Poole Plaza. Bigger, better, and brighter this year, the cherished annual event runs to
December 31 and features more of everything Vancouverites have come to love about this
German-flavoured festival of authentic food, drink, entertainment, and foraging for unique
treasures to stuff into stockings or tuck under the Christmas tree.

With more than 70 huts featured in the 2016 event, Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the
Vancouver Christmas Market, says, “We’re thrilled by the number of vendors participating this
year and by the capacity our new location affords to add even more guests to the hundreds of
thousands of visitors who make our annual offering part of their family holiday tradition.”

Shiny and New …

The 2016 market will introduce Canada’s first-ever Christmas Pyramid: a 23-foot tall structure
adorned with angels representing various aspects of European culture. Designed locally by architect Jordan Kutev and Lukas One Productions, the rotating sculpture plays festive music
from various regions of Europe where Christmas Pyramids are a time-honoured tradition. Also
new this year is an enclosed Alpine Haus tent and seating area, designed to accommodate
more than 250 people and overlooking spectacular views of the North Shore.

The increased vendor space at Jack Poole Plaza allows for the introduction of many new sensations, such as daily demonstrations of the Feuerzangenbowle (“Fire Tongs Punch”), a
traditional German mulled wine and rum beverage whose ceremonial preparation includes
caramelizing a large sugar cone over the concoction. New vendor Olga Capone Cannoli
Company offers Italian-style cannoli made from an Old World recipe passed down from  generation to generation since the 1930s. Those with dietary restrictions will want to visit new
vendor Marie’s Guilt Free Bakery where they’ll find gluten-free, egg-free treats that cater to the
needs of vegan and sugar-free diets. In total, the market will boast 24 food and drink huts –11 of
which are appearing for the first time in 2016.

New international vendors include Nica Ceramica, selling hand-made ceramic vases and other
products from Nicaragua that are difficult to find in Canada, and MisH MasH, featuring hand-
made Christmas angel ornaments and little elephant figurines from Africa.

This year, the market also offers gifts for the ecologically-minded with Eco Books 4 Kids
offering books about Canadian wildlife that are printed on FSC or recycled paper with vegetable
inks and non-toxic coatings, and Mistura & Fento’s handcrafted watches and sunglasses made
from wood and other sustainable materials.

Tried and True …

Recognizing that nothing succeeds like success, the market is delighted to welcome back many
of the vendors that have helped build its reputation for European charm and epicurean choices.
The signature array of mouth-watering German delectables will be back, including Glühwein
(hot-spiced mulled wine), Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, Handbrot, German Pizza, and so much
more. This year’s selection of German and Austrian beers includes Stiegl’s Radler, Stiegl’s
Pilsner, Erdinger Weissbier, and Erdinger Dunkel. Sweet tooths can be satisfied at The
Gingerbread Haus with its own line of artisanal German gingerbread, and ART Meets CHOCOLATE, which offers locally hand-crafted pieces of edible art.

Gift hunters will want to make their way to The Nutcracker House for classic Christmas
decorations made in the Erzgebirge region of East Germany, and to Käthe Wohlfahrt of
America, Germany’s largest Christmas retailer whose wares include ornaments made of wood,
mouth-blown glass, and hand-painted pewter. Herrnhuter Sterne is also back with stunning
star ornaments and the launch of a new product – handmade metal incense smokers from Huss/Neudorf. Market favourite Provence En Couleur Home Décor is returning with
unique wood kitchen utensils and soaps from France.

In the Mood …

The Vancouver Christmas Market swings into Yuletide with a lively line-up of entertainment,
including house band The Gingerbread Men. Dashing and debonair, The Gingerbread Men will
croon irresistible holiday classics. Also setting the seasonal mood will be Phat Santa Swing;
jazz pianist Aiden Miller; one-man cover band Rob Eller who channels performers from Dave
Matthews to Stephenwolf; and Andrew Mockler, an Auckland-based singer/songwriter originally
from Middlesbrough, UK.

Little ones can look forward to an array of activities designed to delight. From the market-wide
scavenger hunt to gingerbread decorating at Gingerbread Haus through assembling star
ornaments at the Herrnhuter Sterne Hut and riding the Christmas Carousel, Mom and Dad
may find it hard to keep up. The Vancouver Christmas Market mascots ‘Holly and Jolly’ will be
on hand for hugs and photo ops and the jolly old elf, Santa himself, will be ready to hear children
whisper their Christmas wishes when they visit him at the Photo Hut.

Perhaps the best memory of all to take away from the Vancouver Christmas Market is strolling
the twinkling pathways of a European-inspired Christmas village in the crisp winter air,
discovering the flavours, fun, and family feeling of the city’s premier pre-Christmas event.

Date: November 26 to December 31, 2016: 11am – 9pm
December 24: Closed at 6pm; December 25: Closed
Ticket prices: Single Admission from Adult $8 – Children 0-6, Free
Purchase online to receive a complimentary Season Pass!
Christmas Packages from $20

Address: Jack Poole Plaza – Home of the Olympic Cauldron

(Vancouver Convention Centre West)

1055 Canada Place

Vancouver, BC V6C 3G3

Website: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

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I’m pleased, once again, to be giving away a Family 4pk of tickets to the Vancouver Christmas Market! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area and Sea to Sky Corridor, 18 years and over. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Vancouver Christmas Market