On February 3rd, head down to the beach (no, not for a chilly ocean dip ) to explore some family-friendly attractions at Vanier Park as part of the annual Winter Wander. It’s 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.
Winter Wander 2018 Highlights
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!
Check out the incredible neon sign collection at the Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver Exhibit. Vancouver’s big city lights of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s are showcased in this glowing this exhibition. The remarkable signs, some lit for the first time since they were rescued from the junk yard, signaled glamour, excitement, and big city living, others thought it was a tawdry display that disfigured the city’s natural beauty.
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?
VAM will be showcasing choir and quartet performances throughout the park, as well as have their doors open so you can watch the musicians in action.
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.
There will be storytelling by Vancouver Public Library, music, 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 3 2018
Time: 10 am -5 pm
Location: Vanier Park – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
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 the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
More than a tourist attraction, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a non-profit community resource that provides a unique learning experience for all. Visitors can learn about space and the night sky through planetarium star theatre shows, live demonstrations, and an interactive exhibit gallery. Next to the Space Centre is the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory.