Things to do in Vancouver This Mother’s Day Weekend


Thursday, May 11th, 2017 — 11:00am PDT
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This weekend Miss604 is proud to be the Social Fort Ambassador of the Canuck Place Best Day Ever Blanket Fort! This free, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday at TELUS Garden, with activities, snacks, Canucks personalities, and one GIANT blanket fort! Here’s what else is happening around Vancouver this weekend along with Mother’s Day events:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday, May 12, 2017
Tanya Tagaq at The Vogue Theatre
Art World Expo
FUNdraiser Paint Night, Abbotsford
Bird Week: Seawall Wonders
Graham Clark’s Quiz Show
Surrey Stories Connect Launches
Illumination Summer Night Market, Richmond
Vancouver Bird Week
Ballet BC Program 3
The Arts Club Presents: Million Dollar Quartet
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell
First Impressions Theatre Presents: On a First Name Basis
Ties of Blood: The Brontes
String of Pearls
End of the Rainbow at Jericho Arts Centre
Burnaby Festival of Learning
Vancouver Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Sponsored by Miss604: Canuck Place Best Day Ever Blanket Fort
Yaletown Roundhouse 20th Anniversary
Sea to Sky Gondola’s 3rd Birthday
Great Salmon Send-Off, Burnaby
Queen’s Park Garage Sale
A3U Presents: Star Wars Imperial Assault – May Tournament
Fire Fit Canada
Vancouver Art Gallery: Curator’s Tour: Grant Arnold
Mother’s Day Candy Making Demo
Japanese Calligraphy Workshops
City Soul Choir Presents: Stand
Stone Soup Festival
HERE I STAND: Benefit and Awareness Concert
UBC Botanical Garden: Down to Earth 2017
Marcus Mosely Chorale
Ignite Hope: Canadian MPS Society
KPU Science Rendezvous
Queensborough Pop-Up Shop
Walk for ALS, Richmond
Guided Nature Walks: Bose Forest Park
Coquitlam: Mother’s Day High Tea
Mother’s Day at VanDusen Garden
Mother’s Day High Tea & Fashion Show
Annual Mother’s Day Portrait Studio at Lougheed
Mother’s Day High Tea to Go
BC Spot Prawn Festival
Trout Lake Farmers Market
Silly Sports Day, Surrey
Illumination Summer Night Market, Richmond
Vancouver Bird Week
Ballet BC Program 3
The Arts Club Presents: Million Dollar Quartet
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell
First Impressions Theatre Presents: On a First Name Basis
Ties of Blood: The Brontes
String of Pearls
End of the Rainbow at Jericho Arts Centre
Burnaby Festival of Learning
Vancouver Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Mother’s Day at The Glades Garden
Silly Sports Day, Surrey
Tree Tour at Riverview
Queensborough Pop-Up Shop
Fire Fit Canada
Floral Design Workshop
Mother’s Day at Lonsdale Quay
Mother’s Day Tea on the Train, Port Moody Station
Mother’s Day Brunch at the Westin Bayshore
Annual Mother’s Day Portrait Studio at Lougheed
Mother of All Mother’s Day Shows at Vancouver Theatresports
Mother’s Day Brunch & Bake
Mother’s Day High Tea to Go
Illumination Summer Night Market, Richmond
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell
String of Pearls
The Arts Club Presents: Million Dollar Quartet
End of the Rainbow at Jericho Arts Centre

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5K Foam Fest in Abbotsford


Thursday, May 11th, 2017 — 9:33am PDT
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A frothy fun run is coming to Abbotsford this summer as the 5K Foam Fest arrives June 3rd. It’s part of the 365 Sport Inc. 2017 national tour that also stops at Sun Peaks and Nanaimo, and Abbotsford will be its only Lower Mainland event.

5K Foam Fest in Abbotsford

Where: Clearbrook Park / Abbotsford Exhibition Park (32470 Haida Dr)
When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Register: Available online now as an individual or as a team.

With over 22 obstacles, 2.5 million cubic feet of foam, mucky mud pits, kids’ zone, 20-foot ‘sky fall’ drop, bouncy castles, the world’s tallest portable inflatable waterslide, food and drink vendors, and an on-site DJ, everyone can participate in good clean fun. Participants will also receive a race-bib, tattoo, water, medal, beach towel, and a Chapman’s Sports Lolly.

As part of 365 Sport Inc.’s ‘give-back’ policy to feed families across Canada, each Foam Fest event partners with the location’s local food bank. Participants who bring a non-perishable food item will receive a custom branded 5k foam fest lanyard and 365 Sport Inc. will also make a financial contribution.

Canuck Place Best Day Ever Blanket Fort


Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 — 8:47pm PDT
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The corner of Seymour and Georgia will be transformed this Saturday, with the construction of a massive, interactive blanket fort that will span almost 2,000 square feet, made possible by TELUS. Canuck Place Children’s Hospice will host families from all over the Lower Mainland at the Best Day Ever Blanket Fort, a family-friendly event that will celebrate the different ways Canuck Place families savour life.

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Best Day Ever Blanket Fort

Admission: FREE!
When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 11:00am to 3:00pm
Where: TELUS Garden (510 West Georgia St, Vancouver)

Event attendees will be transported to one of their favourite childhood pastimes featuring interactive musical performances, childhood culinary delights, and family-friendly games and activities, making this a perfect outing for Mother’s Day weekend.

Schedule of Events

11:00am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Canuck Place child and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks

11:00am to 12:00pm
Daniel Sedin autograph signing

11:00am to 1:00pm
Heroes and princesses from Pacific Fairytales

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Visit with Vancouver Canucks mascot FIN

11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm & 2:30pm
Storytime presented by Peppermint Toast Publishing followed by stretching by Ivivva

Ongoing Activities

Delicious goodies for sale from Archimallows, Cupcakes, Earnest Ice Cream, Kidsilano Lemonade, and Mom’s Grilled Cheese. Free donuts provided by Glowbal. Photobooth by Dang Good Booths. Facepainting by John Casablanca Institute. Pixar favourites streaming in the TELUS Movie Lounge.


Image courtesy of Canuck Place

Best Day Ever

You can make Best Days like these happen with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and by joining the Best Day Ever celebration this month, and donate today. This campaign celebrates the different ways Canuck Place families enjoy their time together, and runs throughout the month of May ending May 31st, 2017.

Miss604 is the Social Fort Ambassador for the Canuck Place Best Day Ever

ROVE Mount Pleasant Arts Walk


Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 — 8:04am PDT
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ROVE is a free arts walk in Mount Pleasant that happens twice a year, and the next event is May 26th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

ROVE Mount Pleasant Arts Walk

ROVE Mount Pleasant Arts Walk

To ROVE all you need to do is pick a starting location on the route and there you will find the ROVE map. Use the map to rove around Main Street to check out galleries, art studios and creative spaces that feature a local artist’s work.

Guests have the opportunity to discover a range of artwork, mix and mingle with local artists and take home a few unique pieces of their own.

When you’ve done ROVE-ing on May 26th, stop by the After Party from 10:00pm until late at The Projection Room (2321 Main St, Vancouver).

The next ROVE Mount Pleasant Art Walk will be September 29th in 2017. Follow ROVE on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Win Tickets to Chef Meets BC Grape


Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 — 7:50am PDT
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Chef Meets BC Grape is the largest tasting of BC VQA wines in Western Canada. Now in its 13th year, this event is a multi-city event series happening in Calgary (sold out), Victoria (May 23) and Vancouver (May 25) designed to celebrate the best of BC Wine and food – highlighting all things grown, crushed, raised and produced in BC.

Chef Meets BC Grape

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place, Vancouver)
When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Tickets: Available online now for $90 (Vancouver)

As many as 90 BC wineries will be in Vancouver to pour more than 350 BC VQA wines for attendees, and 68 BC wineries will pour more than 250 BC VQA wines in Victoria showcasing their 2017 spring releases. During these fun and informative walk-around tastings, guests will have the opportunity to compare a variety of exquisite wines representing the distinct growing regions of the Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley, Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley, as well as some of BC’s exciting emerging regions.

Chefs from top BC restaurants will compete in a pairing challenge, featuring the finest locally grown and sourced ingredients, to earn awards for Judges’ Best BC VQA Pairing, Judges’ Best Dish Award, and Consumers’ Choice Award for Dish of the Night.

This 100 per cent BC-inspired fundraising event brings together the creative talents of winemakers and chefs from around the province to celebrate the best of local wine and cuisine. It also supports local charities with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Ocean Wise, The Arts Club and the BC Hospitality Foundation.

View the fill list of participating wineries, restaurants and chefs here »

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to Chef Meets BC Grape in Vancouver on May 25th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at 12:00pm on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Follow Chef Meets BC Grape on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Update: The winner is Jenny!

Cold Laser Facial Treatment in Vancouver


Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 — 7:36pm PDT
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There are some things I thought I would never do, however I’m always up for an adventure. The next thing you know I find myself clinging to a Via Ferrata line 7,000ft up, kayaking river rapids, or getting the latest and greatest facial treatment. The latter was based on encouragement from a friend, who swears by cold laser treatments and knows the best person in the business is right here in Vancouver. As it turns out, it’s safe, fun, and makes you feel great afterwards – just my kind of (beauty) adventure!


Vancouver Cold Laser

Stephanie started Vancouver Cold Laser two years ago and has almost 20 years of experience in the spa, beauty, and medispa industry. She’s very passionate about her work and that has led to building a very loyal client base. She keeps it simple, without pushing products, package deals, or sale pitches.

My Treatment

When you arrive at Stephanie’s she goes over every treatment option with you in detail, along with your medical history and any skin concerns you might have.

When she told me microdermabrasion feels like getting a lick from a cat, I knew she was my kind of person. I laugh typing this out but it’s true! It doesn’t hurt, just feels a bit rough like a cat’s tongue. The process is a gentle exfoliation, that does not thin your skin. “Micro” helps with fine lines, smoothing the skin, hydration, surface hyper-pigmentation (discolouration) dead skin, pore size, acne, and breakouts.

Microdermabrasion can be done on its own, without cold laser, but Stephanie’s clients prefer to do the combination of both micro and cold laser so that’s what I tried. When we moved onto the cold laser, I found it was very quiet, comfortably cool, and soft.

Cold Laser FAQ

So just what is a cold laser facial? It’s a non-abrasive, non-invasive way to heal the skin with no pain and no downtime, and can be done all year round.

  • Cold laser does not cause photo sensitivity, and prevents sun damage. Cold laser in preventative, it heals damaged collagen, reduces fine lines and sagging.
  • It is great for all skin types, conditions of the skin, and skin disorders.
  • It is great before weddings, photo shoots, special events, before the camera, and before auditions.

Stephanie will discuss what she recommends for you, in terms of follow up. During our chat I also found out that we share an affinity for local history so that overtook our conversation as we both geeked out discussing authors, books, and other resources.

RebeccaBollwitt-Miss604-Photo-ProfileThis morning I emailed Stephanie to inform her that it’s been days since I applied any foundation makeup – I also stopped using a “skin smoothing” filter when posting selfies online. My face is clear and it feels bright. One could say I have a glow, and it’s been three weeks since my first treatment!

If you’d like to talk to Stephanie about booking an appointment, she can be reached here or by phone (604) 999-5602, and full pricing details are available here.

Related: Teeth Whitening Service from Family Dental Centres »

Disclosure: Review
Views are my own. My treatment was compliments of Vancouver Cold Laser but I would return as a paying customer.