There’s no denying that family adventures can be EXPENSIVE. But, believe it or not, there are a number of FREE family events & activities happening all over Metro Vancouver this summer. Here are our top 25 suggestions! (And if we’ve missed your favourite FREE summer event, please send us an email at

1. Enjoy a meal at any of the restaurants on our Kids Eat Free list.

2. Play at the beach…we have so many to pick from!

3. Take in an outdoor concert.

4. Pack a picnic and explore one of Metro Vancouver’s regional parks.

5. Burn off some of that crazy-kid-energy and explore a new playground

6. Visit a farmer’s market. Go to one in your own community or check out one a little further afield.

7. Give geo-caching a try.

8. Check out your local library they always have FREE programs running! And don’t forget EVERYONE can sign up for the Summer Reading Club!

9. Visit the ArtStarts Gallery or attend an ArtStarts workshop in Vancouver or New Westminster.

10. The outdoor pools in Surrey are FREE all summer long.

11. Enjoy watching a movie under the stars. FREE outdoor movies are happening all across Metro Vancouver while the weather is warm.

12. Cool off at a splash park. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

13. Kids Bowl Free every day throughout the summer. All you have to do is sign up the kids.

14. Complete this list of 7 kid-friendly hikes.

15. Visit one of the many spray parks in Metro Vancouver.

16. Explore 8 neighbourhoods and see over 30 stunning murals during the Vancouver Mural Festival from August 4 – 14.

17. Brave the crowds, carve out your own spot and enjoy the Celebration of Light fireworks shows on July 23, 27 and 30.

18. Grab a FREE 7-Eleven Slurpee on July 11th.

19. Check out the annual Tsawwassen Sun Festival. Enjoy a ball tournament, great food, fireworks, an antique fair, a skateboard competition, a parade, an international market, a petting zoo, a children’s festival, a bike show and more!

20. Did you know there are a number of ways to visit the PNE for FREE or super cheap this year?

21. Country Fest has been celebrated in Maple Ridge for more than 100 years!  The FREE entertainment; crazy lawnmower races; animal exhibitions of all sorts…the list of activities and entertainment goes on!

22. Don’t miss out on the 150th Chilliwack Fair.

23. Take part in a Summer Craft Morning with Coquitlam Heritage. Every Friday from 11:30am – 12:30pm.

24. Come kick some tires at the Langley Good Times Cruise In on September 10th.

25: Keep checking out Family Fun Vancouver’s Cheapies & Freebies page. We regularly update it with new budget-friendly events.