The people spoke and the B.C. answered. The province’s inaugural Family Day will take place this Monday, bridging the holiday gap between New Years Day and Easter. To commemorate this special occasion, many Vancouver attractions will be catering to families wishing to make the most of their time off together. We’ve put together a roundup of things to do around town on B.C.’s first Family Day.
BC Sports Hall of Fame
Located at Gate A of BC Place, the BC Sports Hall of Fame will be offering a slew of fun things for the whole family to do. There will be colouring activities, a scavenger hunt, photo opportunities with Shaun White’s 2010 Olympic snowboard and free family membership draws. There’s also a participation zone where you can climb the wall, run the track, kick the ball and slap the puck!
To top it all off, admission is half price. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The family can explore all the underwater families at the aquarium, including marmosets, penguins and frogs. Take a stroll through the recently launched exhibit The Secret World of Sharks and Rays, where you can learn all about sharks and their cousins, skates, rays and ratfishes. The aquarium’s Goldcorp 4-D theatre (meaning, it engages four of the senses) is featuring The Great Salmon Run. There will also be a craft corner, where wee visitors can decorate a coral reef or tie-dye style stingray. Hours will be extended to 9:30 a.m – 6:00 p.m. the whole weekend.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Children under 12 get free admission to the gallery when accompanied by an adult. The tours of the building will be child-oriented and they will also be offering explorative workshops activities that the family can work on together or independently. The Making Place at 4 East will offer a range of watercolour activities, while on the first floor gallery, families are invited to view the Ian Wallace exhibit. Additionally, the Gene Ransbottom and the North Vancouver Wind Trio will be performing 30 minute sets at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Events will include scavenger hunts and orienteering. The Lookout will also have extended hours from Saturday to Monday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
What better excuse than Family Day to hit the slopes with the whole clan? Grouse will certainly be a happening place. It’s hosting a pancake breakfast, scavenger hunts, sleigh rides, snow paintings and best of all, 50 per cent off lift tickets (for B.C. residents only) and general admission. Click here for more details.
Prove how well your family works as a team and take part in a variety of Keva plank building challenges. Try to build the longest, tallest and most creative tower you can imagine and go wild. Between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Connection Zone, you can also learn all about finger printing and mystery solving with a ballooning prints workshop.
Vancouver Giants Family Day Game
Our home team will take on Portland Winterhawks at 2 p.m. at Pacific Coliseum. There will be special Family Day activities included with your game ticket, like an autograph session, games, colouring, snacks and more.