Spring Break at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Photo Credit: Derek Tan

What’s better than getting the kids out to do something educational? Getting to do it for free!

Thanks to Year of Science, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is offering free admission to kids 12 and under when accompanied by an adult from March 19-April 3. Yes, the accompanying parent does have to buy a ticket ($12), but there are great bargains for seniors, UBC staff, students, and alumni. The museum is open Wednesday-Sundays from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and closed for research on Mondays and Tuesdays.

During spring break, staff, volunteers, and curators will lead you through stories, scavenger hunts, tours, hands-on activities, and much more! Scheduled story times run Wednesday-Friday at noon, and daily at 3:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, join in a full hour of family oriented programming starting at 11:30 a.m. Thirty minute tours run daily at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., with an additional 3:30 p.m. tour on weekends. Scheduled activities are listed on the website, and include an outdoor pond poke, a look at curious plants, and more.

Expect to be blown away the minute you walk up to the museum. View a gigantic blue whale skeleton suspended in the glass atrium, follow the ramp down into the collection space to get up close with a myriad of fuzzy, feathered, scaly, leafy, and bony specimens. Read more about the whale’s journey here: http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2010/07/13/chance-to-see-another-whale-in-vancouver-july-17/

Photo Credit: Beaty Biodiversity Museum

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is Vancouver’s only natural history museum, dedicated to creating a shared sense of community and wonder. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum works to illuminate how biodiversity evolved, how it is maintained, why it matters to humans, and how we can conserve it. The museum seeks to nurture the sense of wonder that many–especially youth–feel in experiencing biodiversity in hopes that they choose to preserve it as citizens, and perhaps even study it as scientists.

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