On February 4th, head down to the beach, but not for a chilly dip in the ocean, instead explore some of Vancouver’s family-friendly attractions at Vanier Park for the annual Winter Wander. For only $5 per person and FREE for kids under 5, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), HR MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, the City of Vancouver Archives, the Vancouver Academy of Music and Bard on the Beach open their doors so families can experience history, science, music, and performance art at a bargain price.
The All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds exhibition is a hit with kids (think action figures and pinball wizards), and the historical galleries are fun too – be sure to check out the display with baby and kids gear from earlier eras. c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city explores artifacts from Musqueam First Nations village that was here before the city of Vancouver. It’s a good conversation starter around immigration and First Nations.
The Planetarium Star Theatre is a big draw at the Space Centre, with shows about dark matter and the seven wonders of the universe. Highlights include one of the only five touchable moon rocks in the world, the Mars Rover Lego table, The Alien Game where kids Morph into an alien from one of three different alien worlds. And for fun, the kids can snap a picture on the lunar landscape in a space suit!
This is a fun one. There is a ship inside the building! Check out the St Roch, the first ship to sail all the way around the continent of North America. There are absolutely loads of intricate model ships to peer at, and a life-size model deck to jump around on.
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How much do we love the Vancouver Maritime Museum?
The Archives are full of treasures about our city history. Check out photos from the Merging Time project, created by Langara Photo Imaging students, that combines archive photos with pictures of the current site. Take a photo of you and your family with an actual old Polaroid camera, or try for old time version of the family portrait with a view camera, one of those very old cameras that looks like it ate an accordion.
VAM will be showcasing choir and quartet performances throughout the park, as well as have their doors open for rehearsals and their Strawberry & Tea Student Concert series.
There will be storytelling by Vancouver Public Library, music by Gamelan Bike Bike, and drop-in ball hockey. Also included: live performances by Bard on the Beach’s Young Shakespeareans and Vancouver Academy of Music students, plus local food trucks and coffee vendors.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Location: Vanier Park – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC.
Cost: $5.00/person, children five and under free. Admission can be purchased on event day at Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, or Vancouver Maritime Museum.
This post is sponsored by the Explore Vanier Park Group – Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, City of Vancouver Archives, Vancouver Academy of Music, and Bard on the Beach – who plan the annual Winter Wander event sponsored by Port of Vancouver. www.winterwander.com
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).