20 Things to Do in Vancouver for Under $5

Published Apr 16, 2018 | Updated Jun 26, 2018

Living in Vancouver is expensive. On days that you don't want to break the bank here are some fun and cheap ideas to do with your kids.

Whether you enjoy indoor or outdoor activities, Vancouver is the ultimate place for fun activities all year round.

What's more? All the activities in this list are free or are under $5.Here is a compilation of these beautiful places.



1. A visit to Granville Island

Granville Island is a gem in Vancouver with a magic touch for all of its visitors, no matter what type of adventure you're looking for. The public market is open daily which alone is worth the trip! There's also a FREE water park with two slides and multiple fountains, a perfect way to cool down on a summer's day. There's also the Kids Market with over 25 stores to wander though tailored for all ages, and don't forget to get an ice cream from I Scream, You Scream!



2. Enjoy a nature walk in Vancouver parks

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At Stanley Park, the sweet-smelling roses along the paths will put you in the mood for a stroll. Try this with your family and enjoy the calmness at Vancouver's Stanley Park at no cost at all - maybe you will even find some cool tree carvings! If it's hot, plan for a pit-stop at the splash park to keep the kids happy.



3. People-watch in Vancouver

At first, it may feel like a boring activity, but it's indeed refreshing. After spending time watching people go about their business in the city, you will feel like you have captured the soul of Vancouver.



4. Watch a live show at Guilt & Co on Alexander St.

With $5 you can enjoy live performances featuring local artists at Guilt & Co. 7 days a week. It is the most relaxing way to enjoy an evening out with the kids as you also support the upcoming local artists. There is also a variety of activities lined up, hence you can choose to attend a specific show.



5. Register for a yoga class

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Yoga can repair your body as well as your mind hence improving the quality of your life. If you want to experience the healing power of yoga, you can register for a class at Karma Teachers Yoga for less than $5. Try this and experience the feeling of positivity in your life.



6. Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery

Another exciting activity and cultural idea that your kids will enjoy is a visit to the Vancouver gallery. If your kids are under 5 they get in for free! Please note your admission will cost more than $5. 



7. Stargazing

Imagine watching the night sky with your kids. At the MacMillan Observatory in 1100 Chestnut St is the perfect place for you. Make a date every Friday and Saturday from 8:30 pm to 12 AM and enjoy a great evening staring at the Vancouver night sky using the latest astronomical equipment. To be admitted into the Gordon Southam Observatory you will have to make a small donation



8. A mini road trip up to the Cypress Mountain viewpoint.

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We love the outdoors, and so we discovered a beautiful viewpoint just before the cypress mountain. It is the most amazing thing for your entire family. The kids will enjoy the scenery as well as the cool breeze of the cypress mountain. Just before you hit the very top of Cypress Mountain, there is a stunning viewpoint right off the highway at Cypress Bowl Rd.



9. Clothes shopping at the Rag Machine

Another fun activity we discovered was that you could visit the Rag Machine at the 2425 Main Street and get a pound of clothes at $4.97. Imagine getting these vintage and second-hand clothes at that price. It is a trip you might enjoy with the kids as they pick whatever they like.


10. A Tour to Vancouver's Olympic Sites

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It is an inexpensive and worthwhile trip to make with the kids. Visit the various Olympic sites of the 2010 winter games. You can visit the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza in Coal Harbour, beside the Vancouver Convention Centre.


11. Rollerblading around Stanley Park

Stanley Park is one of the largest urban parks in Vancouver with over 400 hectares and beautiful sceneries as well as trails and beaches. The park offers an unforgettable experience for the entire family, and therefore you should try it with the kids. With as little as $5 you will be able to hire a pair of rollerblades at least for an hour and have fun at the Stanley Park.



12. Visit the Beach

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A weekend at the beach is indeed a must do for everyone. Take time off and head to the beach and enjoy the sandy beaches of Vancouver. The kids will have fun sunbathing. Try this and have you will feel refreshed afterward.



13. Celebrity hunting

In search of something new and incredible to do, my kids suggested that we go to celebrity hangouts and meet them. It is fun, and you can try it out plus the kids will get many autographs.



14. Check out the Totems

There are so many totem poles in metro Vancouver that your family can check out for free. These integrate, pieces of art are always a hit with children. Our favourite game is trying to identify all the different animals carved into the pole.



15. Mountain Biking on the North Shore

Another wonderful outdoor activity is mountain biking on the Northshore. We grabbed our bikes and enjoyed a ride on the mountain. It is an experience worth trying out, so grab your bikes this weekend and experience the magic of Vancouver Northshore.



16. Tour Vancouver's Art

If art is your thing, then Vancouver has the best art galleries and street art to sample. You can plan a visit to the Contemporary Art Gallery and enjoy the wide variety of art available. Or for free you can check out the Mural and street art on Main. 



17. Window Shopping

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Vancouver has the Best Shopping Districts at Robson Street, Yaletown, Commercial Drive. Here you can shop till you drop especially with the numerous offers in the different stores. You can visit and window shop with the kids as you have fun



18. Visit a Museum

Vancouver has several museums that admit for free and some with entrance fee less than $5. You can, therefore, take the kids for a free museum visit where they will learn new things as well as have fun. The Space Centre in Vanier Park is by-donation, and the Burnaby Village Museum offers complimentary admission year-round.



19. Play Disc Golf at Queen Elizabeth Park

Another activity I found exciting is that you can play a round of disc golf for free at the Queen Elizabeth Park. All you need is to go with a few friends and have a fun-filled day.



20. Richmond Night Market

The Chinese night market is a great way to spend an exciting night with the kids, why don't you head out and enjoy delicacies for $2.75 and it's even free for kids. It is an experience worth trying.



Now that you know of some cost-friendly activities in Vancouver, why don't you give yourself a treat this weekend?

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