A pop-up ready space that has been home to 200+ pop-up shops, exhibitions, and events since 2012. This minimalist space is a blank canvas for creativity. Located in Vancouver's vibrant Chinatown, this space has been transformed into an elopement style wedding chapel, the world's first café repelling wireless signals, and a handmade Japanese knife shop to name a few.
Neighbours of the space include Bestie, El Kartel, The Shop Vancouver, and Duchesse Vintage - all vibrant locally owned shops bringing a diversity of shoppers to the neighbourhood.
The Playground is available for pop-up shops, gallery exhibits, meetings. Please note that this space is no longer accepting event or party requests. Weekend pricing includes Friday-Sunday with a 2-day minimum at $250/day. Read below for specific rules of the space.
Fixture rentals including tables, chairs, racks, and shelves are included in the booking. Please see photos for details and floor plan.
We provide a 5% discount to all registered non-profits and charities.
*Our calendar is always up to date. If you can request the dates, it means they are currently open*
Minimum Booking: 3 hours
View Cancellation Policy (full refund within 24 hours)
Please respect our neighbours; noise curfew is 10pm (this means guests have left and music is turned off).
We allow alcohol in the space, but need a Special Occasion License sent to us before the start date of the booking. We allow catering as well, but keep in mind any spills or stains need to be completely cleaned up before you leave the space. We don't charge a cleaning fee but ask that you clean up after your booking and leave it in the same condition it was found. Additional cleaning required after the booking is subject to an additional cleaning fee of $150.
All garbage and recycling must be taken with you at the end of the day. There is no onsite garbage or recycling disposal. ANY garbage left in the space is subject to a $50 penalty.
We allow small nails in the wall, but ALL holes must be filled by the end of the booking (tools/equipment provided). Any holes or marks left of the wall after the booking that aren't cleaned up are subject to an additional cleaning fee (amount is dependant on damage).
Protected by $2,000,000 Host Insurance
Every booking on thisopenspace includes liability coverage, at no additional cost.
Communication with host was excellent. Would definitely recommend this space!
Awesome space. Great location. Alana was very easy to deal with. :)
Alana was wonderful and always responded promptly. Space was perfect for our event. Thanks so much to Yashar and Alana.
The space was perfect! Location, ease of use, accessibility, amenities, the extra furniture (chairs, clothing racks, tables, etc...) all great. Several visitors to our event were curious about it (they hadn't heard about This Open Space) and are hoping to rent the space themselves. Would definitely recommend it, and hope to use it again soon too! :)
Fantastic experience! This was my first time renting a space on This Open Space and now I know how easy it is, I'm sure it won't be the last. Alana is super communicative and transparent, and everything went as expected. Would 100% recommend.
This space was wonderful! Alana provided us with all of the information we needed before we even asked for it. We would highly recommend this space to others if you're looking for a space to make your own.
AMAZING communication skills... responded so quickly to all my questions regarding the space and details.
I feel like the space looks a little cleaner in the photos than it does in real life. When I walked in there was quite a bit of dust & dirt on the floor. Also, the floors are unfinished (wasn't aware of this). The walls were freshly painted, so that was nice. I don't live downtown & hadn't visited this space before. It is is a really rough area. I was using the space for a photo shoot & felt bad for my clients as there was some obvious drug use going on right outside the doors. Alana was quick to respond to emails & totally great to work with. I guess I just feel like the photos were rather deceiving.
Always a great experience at this space, thanks again!
Alana = amazing. We love her & all the staff that we have worked with in the past. We enjoy the space, appreciate the neighborhood and it is a wonderful opportunity for artisans & small local businesses to utilize. We would be sad if The Playground is no longer available for us to collaborate with our local creative community. ❤️ Joyce
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