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 racks 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.
Minimum Booking: 3 hours
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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 a garbage bin in the alley you will be provided a key for. 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).
I coordinated with Carolynn and Alana. Both responded quickly and gave detailed info on the space. My band just rented The Playground out for a photoshoot and it was a great experience. Straightforward info and instructions from the hosts as well as at the location.
We had the best shoot in this space and Alana was very helpful!
As always, working with the team at The Playground was helpful, efficient and successful. I've used this space time and time again and will continue doing so. Thank you for making my job so easy and providing such seamless service for my clients.
Boris 's Response:
Ghazal was a wonderful guest to host at our space. Very courteous, respectful of our space and a pleasure to deal with as always.
Great space in a good location - a little bit off the beaten track for walk-in traffic but close enough to any transit lines and gastown for anyone to access it easily. I held a small craft pop-up shop and it was perfect. Has a great big street front window with a large ledge for any displays. Space comes with multiple tables and chairs to display items on, as well as a taller "check-out" desk. I was in contact with Elaine and she was great at responding to my messages. Access to the space is very simple and easy. The space is usually booked so you'll have to stop by during another pop-up to get a look at the space but the photos are accurate.
Elaine was quick to respond to all of my (many) questions, and provided everything I needed both in terms of information and set up. I had a great show and a great night. I will certainly rent this space again.
It was a pleasure talking to Elaine. The space was everything we expected. It was very easy to access and we had everything to leave the place as it was. I would recommend it to anyone doing a pop up store or more!
Elaine was very helpful and corrected a miscommunication very quickly and satisfactorily. The neighbourhood felt slightly unsafe once it got dark, but was comfortable during the daylight hours The space is great as a bare bones environment that we were able to transform into our needs.
This space felt larger to me than it looks in the photos. There is a parkade close by so that was a big help for our event guests. We really appreciated being able to use the sound system and overall the venue was perfect for our event. We hosted an art show/fundraiser with 10 artists and had about 100 guests throughout the course of the evening. I recommend this space. Elaine was a pleasure to deal with and all of our needs were met.
The communication was great and everyone was as expected. I recommend to anyone looking for a pop-up space.
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