One of the VM staff’s favourite places is the River Market in New Westminster. With the great outdoor space along the river with the new extended boardwalk, and all the amazing food options inside, it’s a great spot to hang out. Now there’s another reason to stop by: the first Sunday of every month is Young Makers Show & Tell.
Beyond craft time
These events aren’t about gluing feathers to construction paper (as much as our kids love doing that), but get a bit deeper into making creative projects like musical instruments, traditional crafts like leatherworking, or messing with old and new technology. Each session is guided by a maker or artist, to help kids find their way through the project.
The session on Sunday July 3rd features Oncle Hooki’s Fabulous Hornshop. There will be spoon carving in wood, hands-on lessons in axe and adze carving, wooden horn-making demonstrations and more. There’s also performances of ‘High Speed Spatula Carving During Omelette Cooking’ by Mr. Fire-Man, which sounds both exciting and terrifying. Parent participation is required, but it’s all free.
Things to note
Some of these projects involve using tools like x-acto knives, so parents need to be pretty hands on. Check back on rivermarket.ca to see what’s happening each month.
This post is sponsored by River Market. Feast and fun come together every day at River Market, where the hungry and curious gather to eat, shop, and play. First opened in 1985 as Westminster Quay Public Market, this 75,000-square-foot marketplace on the Fraser River pioneered a food-led revitalization to become a hub for community life. Today, it showcases 20 of B.C.’s best independent restaurants, shops, and schools all under one roof.
Erin McGann is the former Managing Editor for Vancouver Mom and Toronto Mom Now. She drinks just a bit too much coffee, is a bit obsessed about sourcing local food, plays the cello moderately well, spends too much time on Twitter, keeps honeybees on a rooftop, and has a thing for single-malt whisky. Erin is working on a novel set in turn-of-the-century Vancouver, which her husband, son and dog have to hear about all the time, and also blogs at Erin at Large.