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You've no right to be bored: 5 things to do in Metro Van this Family Day long weekend

Metro scans the weekend for things to do—from outdoors events to arts festivals and ways you can make a difference

It's the Family Day weekend, and Cypress Mountain Resort is the place to take in four days of fun, whether or not you are a skier, boarder or tuber.

Julia Toren/Cypress Mountain Resort

It's the Family Day weekend, and Cypress Mountain Resort is the place to take in four days of fun, whether or not you are a skier, boarder or tuber.

Living in the Lower Mainland, there's a mind-boggling array of things to get out and do, no matter how you get around or your budget (and even if it's raining).

Metro scans our region's dozen cities for just a few of the things you could try out this weekend — from outdoors activities to arts festivals to family-friendly events and ways you can make a difference.

Celebrate the long weekend at Cypress


It's the Family Day weekend, and Cypress Mountain Resort is the place to take in four days of fun, whether or not you are a skier or boarder. It kicks off with Backspin Bluegrass concert in the main lodge at noon, followed by a family pizza night 5-7:30 p.m. ($13 with lift ticket, $18 without), a 6-9 p.m. fire pit and s'mores in the plaza, then a fireworks show Friday 8 p.m. And starting 5 p.m. Friday until the end of Monday, kids lift, trail and tubing tickets are half-price. Saturday features a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m., $9 roast beef lunch, noon magic show in the grill, more bonfire and an evening concert. Sunday will see the weekend's second fireworks at 8 p.m. after an afternoon of live music and an evening fire pit, culminating Monday 7-9 p.m. with the Adam Woodall Band in the Crazy Raven bar. Finally, Hollyburn Lodge hosts a Vancouver International Film Festival screening of the world premier of Driven, about an ultra-distance obstance race, and the B.C. premier of Hunting Giants, about the quest for Canada's biggest tree — Monday 7 p.m., free with nordic ticket. More information at Cypress Mountain Resort.

Enjoy a meal to warm hearts

Courtesy Carlo Ricci/Grapes and Soda

Ever heard of an 'existential supper club'? It's a regular gourmet fundraiser in support of local mental health causes by some of Vancouver's best chefs. Known as the 'Heartwarmer Dinner,' this Sunday's edition supports the non-profit Forest and the Femme, an outdoor recreation program for marginalized Downtown Eastside women. Includes a gourmet multi-course vegetarian meal with bubbles, local craft beer and 'wild cocktails' and live comedy by Katie Nordgren and Jessica Parker. Grapes and Soda cocktail bar (1541 W. 6 Ave.). Seatings 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets $65.

Visit Surrey's bike-recycling gamelan music studio

courtesy Paul Krueger

Artist and musician George Rahi of the band Gamelan Bike Bike creates gamelans — Indonesian metal rhythm instruments — from strange and familiar objects, repurposed. And on Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., the City of Surrey is organizing a free 'field trip' for ages 15-30 to his quirky art studio and a group jam session. No music or art experience needed. Starts at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre (13458 107a Ave.); must register in advance.

Toast 'mallows on Family Day

Courtesy Julia Toren/Cypress Mountain Resort

The Family Day long weekend is a great chance to get outside, and who doesn't love a relaxing campfire with marshmallows, songs and stories? Metro Vancouver district invites you to a free afternoon in the rainforest of Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Meet at the park's entrance at 16th Avenue west of Blanca Street 12:30-3:30 p.m. Free and family-friendly; bring a mug if you want hot chocolate. More info at Metro Vancouver district website.

Touch the odd and extreme with Mr. Ripley

Courtesy Ripley's Believe it or Not

From the range of body modifications practiced around the world to bizarre creatures and "extreme biology," The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibition opened this week at TELUS World of Science, and runs until April 22. The deeper look at renowned adventurer and collector Robert Ripley "reveals how science can unlock secrets and explain the unexplainable," organizers state, offering a literally hands-on experience of "remarkable realms of scientific discoveries" and "touchable specimens." More information online.

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