Here's what's happening in New Westminster for Family Day

Save the Date: Feb. 17

What’s happening?

Family fun returns to New Westminster, with free events happening at venues throughout the city in celebration of Family Day on Monday, Feb. 17.

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What’s going on at Anvil Centre?

Anvil Centre will have a family fun zone that features Science World on the Road, magician Peter Rooke, Nintendo games, a photo booth, crafts and more. Events at Anvil Centre run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 777 Columbia St.

How about River Market?

There’s no shortage of fun events to check out at River Market. Hey-Mish the Safety Sergeant will be helping Korki the Clown with balloon twisting from noon to 3 p.m., games will be played at Rain City Games. Stage New West is hosting a photo booth  (bring your phone or camera). The Arts Council of New Westminster’s Arts to Go features fun, family crafts, the Vancouver Circus School will be hosting workshops (details and preregistration at and New West Craft  at River Market, 819 Quayside Dr.

Is anything happening at Fraser River Discovery Centre?

Fraser River Discovery Centre is offering a variety of activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Fun on the Fraser features crafts, face painting, a photo booth, a gold toss game and more. You’ll also have a chance to check out FRDC’s exhibits. It’s free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Fraser River Discovery Centre is at 788 Quayside Dr.

What else is happening on the waterfront?

The Samson V Museum, located at 880 Quayside Dr. (near Inn at the Quay), is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Launched in 1937, the Samson V was the last steam-powered sternwheeler to operate in Canada.

Is there anything else happening in New West?

Absolutely! Swimming, fitness classes, skating, arts and crafts and entertainment are all being offered on Family Day. You can pick up a Family Day brochure/roadmap at civic facilities, get a sticker at venues visited on Family Day and receive a family courtesy pass to parks and rec facilities (when you collect four stickers) and be entered into a draw to win a gift basket.

What parks and rec facilities are taking part?

Here’s a peek at some of the activities you’ll be able to check out on Family Day, but full details of all of the day’s offerings are found in the Family Day brochure. You can find it under the Family Day link on the city’s website,

* Canada Games Pool, 65 East Sixth Ave., will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:25 p.m. Along with public swims and access to the fitness centre, all kinds of family-friendly activities are planned, including family duck races down the waterslide.

* Centennial Community Centre, 65 East Sixth Ave., includes fitness classes, finger puppet making, a cycle class, crafts, story time and refreshments.

* Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. At different times during the day, you’ll find fitness offerings, crafts, story time, child-friendly activities and family pickleball.

* Greenhouse in Queen’s Park will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guests can tour the greenhouse, create a spring flower planter to take home and enter a draw to win prizes.

* Moody Park Arena, 701 Eighth Ave, include free public skate for all ages and free skate rentals from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

* New Westminster Youth Centre, 620 Eighth St., will have a make-your-own pancake station, parents versus kids gym games and video game areas, as well as an open gym, a learn-to-DJ area, a Polaroid photo booth and a craft area to make your own picture frame. It’s all happening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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