Posted 15/10/2019 3:07:37 PM by Yvonne Chelczynski

Family Fun

Can you feel it? There’s change coming – Is it time for our toques? Yes, we’ve reached the point of no return… Our warm temperatures are but a distant memory and won’t be felt again until the spring, or if you’re lucky enough, maybe a warm climate holiday! No need to fret, there are still many things that can be enjoyed indoors or out!

If you’re busy with a young child and have a baby too, you may find these healthy snack recipes an energy booster to help you keep-up with all of the Family Fun activities! Westcoast Families have 3 Healthy Snack Recipes For New Moms that are delicious and can be made ahead of time to fit into your tight schedule. 

What's happening in the Tri-Cities?

On November 17th come out for a day of exploring, and learning about salmon and wildlife in a fish-bearing watershed at the 20th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival. Highlights include Orphaned Wildlife Society (OWL) exhibiting a live Raptor, Fisheries and Oceans Canada displaying live salmon (up close!) face painting, cookie decorating, crafts, and so much more! Visit Hyde Creek Watershed Society for more information.

Plan to join Metro Vancouver’s largest, free outdoor Light Display at Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. Get into the holiday spirit with family and friends! The kick-off event on November 30th will include live entertainment and dazzling light displays that encircle the 1.2 km loop around Lafarge Lake.

Port Coquitlam’s Winter in the City celebrations kick off on November 22nd and 23rd with Christmas in Leigh Square! Families can take part in the official lighting of the Leigh Square ceremony, holiday craft making, face painting, music and entertainment plus, get your photo taken with Santa. For more information visit

Drop in to the Children’s area of the Port Moody Public Library for songs, bounces, rhymes, and music during Babytime. Babytime is for babies under 18 month and their caregivers. Or drop in for Storytime an active family storytime for songs, music, puppets, stories, and silliness. Visit for details.

What's happening in Burnaby and New Westminster?

Plan to join the fun in Burnaby with plenty of affordable family events around the City. Enjoy a Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum and don’t forget to visit the Edmonds Centre on November 23rd for the Edmonds Festival of Lights. View a list of some of the Holiday Fun and Events in Burnaby now.

Meet at Brentwood Town Centre, 4567 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby, from 11:00 am-11:30 am, every Wednesday, until December 13th for Groovin’ Babies. This is a free dance class designed for toddlers who are active and on the go! Parents/Caregivers can dance and interact with their toddlers to fun, lively music and dancing. Visit for details.

On Sunday, December 1st from 11:00 – 2:00 pm, visit the Burnaby Lake Nature House to enjoy crafts and complimentary refreshments or join a guided nature walk. The Christmas Open House is free, no registration is required. For additional information visit

Family Fundays at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. New Westminster. On Sunday, November 9th from 12:00-3:00 pm drop-in for free cultural programming and explore the New Media Gallery (learning lab), New Westminster Museum, and the Fourth Floor Cultural Studio.
Remembrance Day Services
The Act of Remembrance
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.
Coquitlam Remembers – Join the Park Spark Team at Blue Mountain Park to honour those who have served our country by contributing to a community display in preparation for Remembrance Day. Paint-a-Poppy on the lawn, write a message of remembrance on a yellow ribbon and tie it to a tree (after November 16th, the messages will be collected, transcribed and sent to a Canadian veterans group). Or help to paint banners that will wrap the fencing along Veteran’s Way. All members of the public are welcome! Join the Park Spark team beginning on November 1st. Visit for dates and times.

On November 11th meet at 10:00 am at Como Lake Middle School, 1121 King Albert Avenue for the Remembrance Day Ceremony followed by a march from the school along Winslow to the Cenotaph on Veterans Way in Blue Mountain Park (Porter Street). For more details visit

Port Coquitlam Remembrance Day Service 9:30-10:30 am at Wilson Centre, 2150 Wilson Avenue will be followed by the Cenotaph Remembrance Service at Veterans Park, 2580 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam. Visit for details.

Join the Port Moody Legion's Annual Rembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies beginning with an inter-faith and Non-denominational Service at 9:30 am at Kyle Centre, 125 Kyle Street. A Parade and Ceremony will follow beginning at 10:30 am at the Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. Johns St., Port Moody.

Remembrance Day is commemorated at two locations in Burnaby. The North Burnaby event is located at the Cenotaph in Confederation Park, and in South Burnaby the event is located at the Cenotaph in Bonsor Park. Both events include a parade and traditional ceremony.

Remembrance Day in New Westminster – New Westminster is home to the Royal Westminster Regiment Armouries which is located at 530 Queens Avenue. That’s where the City’s Remembrance Day ceremonies begin each year. Note that the doors to the Armouries close at 9:45 am so participants need to assemble by 9:30 am. After the service take a leisurely walk along the New Westminster waterfront or in beautiful Queens Park. For more information, or to find other lower mainland Remembrance Day Services visit

Yvonne Chelczynski

About Yvonne Chelczynski


Yvonne enjoys jogging, Blue Jays Baseball and spending time with family and friends - including the furry variety. Yvonne is an Information and Referral Consultant at the YMCA CCRR.

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