Vancouver Halloween Events for Kids

Halloween is such a thrilling time of year, so it seems a shame to limit all the fun to just one night. Luckily there’s no shortage of spooktastic events in and around Vancouver for families to enjoy before Halloween, and even, in a few cases, after.

5 Fabulous Family Halloween Events

1. Pick a pumpkin at Richmond Country Farm, Open 7 Days a Week

Throw on your wellies and take a drive to Richmond Country Farms to see the farm animals, take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and corn maze, be serenaded by the Country Pumpkins band and dance with Polly Pumpkin, Strawberry Shortcake and Korny Corn. Check the website before you go. Read more…

Go Stalk Cool Authors at Vancouver Writers Festival on Granville Island Oct. 21-26

vancouver-writers-fest-2014-logoIf your perfect fall past time is curling up with a good book and a warm drink, this is the October event for you.  Every year, swarms of scribes and their devoted following descend on Granville Island to celebrate the written word. Vancouver Writers Fest takes place October 21-26 this year, and there are so many good events to choose from.

This year, one of the themes of the Vancouver Writers Fest is that of discovery. Every year festival-goers attend an event to see one author, and leave having discovered someone new. The  2014 Festival, however, may be unprecedented in terms of the number of international authors you’ve not yet heard of but are bound to become entranced with.

Stand outs include Karl Ove Knausgaard, an acclaimed novelist in his native Norway, was unknown to English-speaking readers until his Min Kamp (My Struggle) books, a series of six autobiographical novels, began appearing in translation. Now his work is reviewed widely, he has been compared to Proust, and British novelist Zadie Smith is quoted as saying she needs his next book “like crack.” Read more…

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend


The weekend is almost upon us. Check out these featured open houses in Kitsilano, or review the full list of homes for sale in Kits. The LiveKitsilano Real Estate Team is happy to help guide you on your next purchase or sale – if you want to know anything about a condo, townhouse or house for sale in Kitsilano, or would like to schedule an appointment to view, don’t hesitate to contact them.

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3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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5 Free Things to Do in Kitsilano This Weekend

The Amanita muscaria mushrooms seen in our neighbourhood this time of year.

The Amanita muscaria mushrooms seen in our neighbourhood this time of year.

Fairytale mushrooms are cropping up along sidewalk edges, acorns and chestnuts are scattered in the grass, and in the gardens, dark plumes of unpicked kale threaten to overcome those tender perennials.

We could suggest fungi foraging. We could list acorn coffee or chestnut cake recipes. Or how about 100 ways to consume kale and still enjoy it? Nah. Instead, try one or more of these 5 free (or almost free) things to do in Kitsilano this weekend. And please, leave those pretty red toadstools alone and let the mycologist do the picking.

5 Free Things to Do in Kitsilano This Weekend

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Must See Exhibition: Forbidden City at Vancouver Art Gallery

ForbiddenCity-06 Empress’s ceremonial coat (chaogua) Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period silk with gold thread © The Palace Museum

ForbiddenCity-06 Empress’s ceremonial coat (chaogua) Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period silk with gold thread © The Palace Museum

After much anticipation, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors will be unveiled to the public October 18 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Nearly 200 treasured objects from the collection of Beijing’s Palace Museum will be under the spotlight, revealing the centre of the Chinese empire, The Forbidden City — a palace once closed from public sight for five centuries of imperial rule.

This unprecedented exhibition will offer Gallery visitors a glimpse of an iconic and long hidden era of Chinese cultural history. From the finest Ming porcelain to the emperor’s own garments, these examples of exquisite works of art range from as early as 500CE and onwards to the early 20th century.

Many objects in the exhibition, including textiles, calligraphy, paintings and armour, have never before travelled outside the Forbidden City.Due to the exhibition’s significant number of light

For the last five centuries of the empire, which fell in 1911, Chinese emperors called the Forbidden City, located in the heart of Beijing, their home. With only the emperor, his household and special visitors allowed inside its walls,this immense palace captured the world’s attention for its power, wealth and mystery.

The exhibition’s narrative for the Vancouver Art Gallery is conceived by Timothy Brook, who is a scholar of Chinese history at the Department of History, University of British Columbia. Read more…

Come on out for the West Side Family Place Annual Fundraiser October 23

wsfp-fundraiserCome out and enjoy a comedy improv evening at the Vancouver Theatre Sports League in support of West Side Family Place on October 23.

West Side Family Place will hold its 9th Annual Fall Frenzy Gala to raise funds for its early childhood learning programs and family support services. The evening will be filled with laughter, canapés, drinks, fundraising raffle, live and silent auction, and a hilarious show by the talented improv performers of Vancouver Theatre Sports League. Tickets are still available, cost $40 and can be purchased directly from Family Place,

Why get involved? West Side Family Place is the only dedicated family resource center on Vancouver’s west side helping families meet new friends, gain a sense of community and get support so they can raise happy, healthy children. Located in the heart of Kitsilano at McDonald and 11th Avenue, more than 20,000 adults and young children visit each year to take part in programs, education events, and the busy Drop-In program every week day.

West Side Family Place,  2819 West 11th Avenue, 604 738 2818,

5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving in Vancouver More Meaningful


Thanksgiving 2014 falls on Monday, October 13. As much fun as it is to stockpile ingredients for the feast, it’s not all about the bird.

Feeling blah about tweaking recipes and exalting the family’s wannabe chef? Here are 5 ways to imbue Thanksgiving with a little more meaning.

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