New and Improved Vancouver Aquarium Opens its Doors

An artist's conception of the new Vancouver Aquarium

An artist’s conception of the new Vancouver Aquarium

The largest aquarium in Canada just got a whole lot bigger.

On Friday, June 13, the newly expanded Vancouver Aquarium opens its doors to the public for the first time.  The opening marks the completion of the first, ambitious phase of an update slated to continue over the next several years.  The addition nearly doubles the aquarium’s gallery space and includes a number of high-tech upgrades.

The first thing visitors will notice is the dramatic new entryway (along with Bill Reid’s iconic orca statue, now back after two years in storage).  The facade’s new iridescent cladding changes colour from blue to green, much like the scales of a fish.  In addition, the entrance features 2.4-square-meter LED video displays glowing behind a film of tumbling water.

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New and Improved Vancouver Aquarium Opens its Doors

Over 50 Free Drawing Workshops Offered This Weekend in Vancouver

Vancouver Draw Down 2014

Photo: courtesy of Vancouver Draw Down

Whether you love to draw, doodle, or design — celebrate all things creative with Vancouver Draw Down on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The Vancouver Draw Down, now in its fifth year, is an annual celebration of drawing to reconnect everyone with the power and creative pleasure of making marks on paper.

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Over 50 Free Drawing Workshops Offered This Weekend in Vancouver

Family Fun at the 2014 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

Robo Snake @ the 2013 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Photo credit: Emily Smith

Robo Snake @ the 2013 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Photo credit: Emily Smith

Brothers and sisters start your 3D printers, grab your crochet sticks or bring your lego skillz.

The Vancouver Mini-Maker Faire is back this weekend and has a lot super fun stuff to look at, try out or buy for the sibling set, the inventor set and localista shopping set.

Held at the PNE Forum (2901 East Hastings Street) on June 7 & 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., this year’s faire features food, workshops and makers showing off their mad making skills including a couple sets of siblings.

This year’s Mini Maker faire keeps it’s fun in the family with a few uber-creative siblings displaying their talents. Sublime Sisters Design (Kelsie, age 13 and Natalie, age 11) will be selling their lovely jewellery while Gearbots program participants Joshua and Jessi Langager share their Robo Lego expertise.  Continue reading:
Family Fun at the 2014 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

New Evening Campfires and More at Fort Langley National Historic Site

photo: oTENTik at Fort Langley NHS

photo: oTENTik at Fort Langley NHS

Fort Langley is the exact location where, a century and a half ago, a huge fur trade organization called the Hudson’s Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast. The enterprise grew, evolved, and influenced history, leading to the creation of the colony of British Columbia.
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New Evening Campfires and More at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Enjoy the Silver Screen with Baby at Vancouver Movies for Mommies

Photo credit: Laura Grady/Vancouver Movies for Mommies

Photo credit: Laura Grady/Vancouver Movies for Mommies

Who says just because you have a baby doesn’t mean you can’t watch the latest blockbuster in the theatre? Not Vancouver Movies for Mommies organizer Laura Grady.

“What better way to feel a little ‘normal’ again then by packing up the baby and watching a flick on the big screen,” explained Grady recently in an email.

Every second Wednesday Grady coordinates Movies for Mommies, a morning movie event at Dunbar Theatre in Vancouver. She also partners with other theatres like the Vancity Theatre on Seymour Street to offer ad hoc movie or documentary screenings. The Movies for Mommies events are tailored to an audience of moms and dads, caregivers and grandparents, all encouraged to bring their newborn to 12 month olds to the theatre.  Continue reading:
Enjoy the Silver Screen with Baby at Vancouver Movies for Mommies