{{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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Christmas at FlyOver Canada, November 23- January 7th

Ho, ho, hold on tight! This Christmas season, come down to FlyOver Canada to fly with Santa and his elves on a magical flight across Canada and on to the North Pole. After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flight across Canada looking for their fellow elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole.

Our Christmas experience lasts between 20 – 25 minutes and includes:

  • Winter Wonderland themed preshow
  • FlyOver Canada, a thrilling 8-minute flight ride experience across Canada
  • An extended, animated final scene over Santa’s magical North Pole!

FESTIVE OUTDOOR SIGHTSEEING DECK

Stop by our festive outdoor sightseeing deck to enjoy Christmas lights, hot drinks, seasonal snacks and holiday melodies; visit our website for a full schedule of events.

S'more  Build a s’more       Santa Visits Visits with Santa

Festive Treats  Enjoy a holiday treat        Holiday melodies

Weekends between December 3 – 17 from 12 PM – 6 PM | Daily between December 23 – January 7 from 12 PM – 6 PM*

*Please note, visits with Santa will be available from 1 PM – 3 PM until December 24 only. Times and activities are subject to change.

Tickets sell out early, book now and save 15% off the gate admission price. www.FlyOverCanada.com/Christmas.

HOLLY & JOLLY COMBO

FlyOver Canada and the Vancouver Christmas Market have once again partnered to create the ultimate Christmas outing in Vancouver! The Vancouver Christmas Market is only steps away from FlyOver Canada, making it easy for guests to experience these two incredible festive locations in one visit to the Vancouver Waterfront. Limited quantities available so get yours today!

Please note, this combo is exclusively sold online and is not offered in different price points. The combo passes will be sold until December 24th or while quantities last. The Vancouver Christmas Market passes are redeemable until December 24, 2017. 

The Holly & Jolly Combo includes:

20th Annual BRIGHT NIGHTS in STANLEY PARK!!

The BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board is proud to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bright Nights in Stanley Park. Bright Nights in Stanley Park is an annual tradition for many families in the Lower Mainland and over the past 20 years, has welcomed visitors from all around the world.

Santa’s elves are already hard at work transforming Stanley Park into a captivating and dazzling lighting display complete with music, sweet snacks, entertainment and, of course, Santa Claus himself. “It’s sure to delight kids, both young and old,” chuckles Ray Boucher, Burn Fund Vice-President and Co-Chair of the Bright Nights Committee. When asked how he and his team were able to manage the sheer volume of light display enthusiasts, Ray replied, “We want to make certain that everyone is able to enjoy this magical event, and since we’ve seen such an overwhelming show of visitors in past years, we’re excited to be extending the event this year by staying open until January 6th, this way we hope that everyone will get the chance to come down to the park, with their family and friends and help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bright Nights!.”

“This anniversary event celebrates the partnership between the Park Board and the Burn Fund who have worked together for 20 years to create the Bright Nights experience. We could not put on this event without the support of all our community
partners, who help bring the park to life for all to enjoy”, said Vancouver Park Board Chair, Michael Wiebe. Over 250,000 visitors attend the event annually and that number is growing. “We are exceptionally pleased with the support from the public
and our Sponsors. Over 800 fire fighters contribute more than 8,000 hours over the 3 month period of Set-Up, Operations and Tear Down. It’s a monumental undertaking of combined efforts to make this event so successful,” says Ray Boucher. “The funds
raised will make a huge difference to burn survivors and their families throughout our province.”

The monies raised through donations in the front gate bins go directly to the Burn Fund, which provides life-saving, life supporting and life enriching services to people across BC. More than 4,000 professional fire fighters around the province dedicate their time and skills to support burn survivors. They increase the public’s knowledge about fire and burn safety through Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention programs.

The Burn Fund encourages visitors to show their generosity by bringing food itemsfor the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Food bins will be on-site at the entrance gate. Most needed items include: canned meat/fish; natural peanut butter; whole wheat pasta/rice; pasta sauce; canned fruits/vegetables; 100% fruit juices; low-sugar cereals; baby food, formula & diapers. www.foodbank.bc.ca

The event is open this year from November 30, 2017-January 6, 2018. We will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park – hours: 

Nov 30 – Dec 14: Mon-Thurs 3pm – 10pm / Fri – Sun 10am – 11pm 

Dec 2 – 20th Anniversary Celebration of Bright Nights! Cake will be served on-site between 3-5pm

Dec 15 – Dec 26: Everyday 10am – 11pm

Dec 25 – *Closed Christmas Day

Dec 27 – Jan 1: Everyday 10am – 10pm

Jan 2 – Jan 6: Everyday 4pm – 9pm (train only, no live actors)

Prices:

Night train

Our classic night train ride includes a 14-minute experience filled with beautiful displays, holiday lights, and a live performer.

Adult (19 – 64 years) $12.00 + GST

Senior (65 years and over) $9.00 + GST

Youth (13 – 18 years) $9.00 + GST

Child (3 – 12 years) $8.00 + GST

Small child (2 years and under) FREE

Matinee train

Our matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest with holiday music past magical displays.

There are no live performers during matinee train rides.

All ages $6.00 + GST

Free parking compliments of the Vancouver Park Board

Bright Nights has on-site and overflow free parking lots Friday-Sunday nights. Vancouver Aquarium lots are paid lots during Bright Nights operations.

Overflow lots include the Info Booth, North Pipeline Road, and Beaver Lake lots. These lots are free parking after 3:00pm only.

Stanley Park Railway parking lots are free during all operation hours.

For more information about the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, or to makea donation, please visit www.burnfund.orgAdvance tickets at Ticketleader 604-252-3700, http://ticketleader.ca/events/bright-nights. Same day tickets available, starting November 30, at the on-site Miniature Railway Box Office in Stanley Park from 12:00pm (10am for Matinees) 604-257-8531.

Soar over America at FlyOver Canada ‪November 2 to 22, 2017‬

New Ride, New Locations, Same Breathtaking Experience!

Experience America like never before with a new flight ride from the creators of FlyOver Canada. Soar more than 10,000 miles across some of the United States’ most unique and iconic landscapes including Hawaii, Alaska, New York and more! Guests can also experience both rides back-to-back for one low price. Book your dual ticket to see top rated FlyOver Canada and then stay seated and take off again to soar across America for a total flight time of 17 minutes.

Don’t miss this limited time offering at Vancouver’s must-see attraction FlyOver Canada. Get your tickets now at www.FlyOverCanada.com.

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.

{{The Giveaway!!}}

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.

To check out the businesses in your area click here and to purchase your card click here!

 

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.