Family Fun February
The longest days of winter are behind us, and Vancouver’s flowers are blooming! British Columbia celebrates Family Day on Monday February 17, but Vancouver’s top attractions offer family fun all month long. Check out the featured exhibits that are only here for a while, try your hand at on-site family friendly activities, included with admission, or be among the first to visit the Sea to Sky Gondola, scheduled to re-open Friday February 14.
Science World, arguably Vancouver’s most interactive family attraction is featuring visiting exhibition, Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks presented by Concert Properties and White Spot Restaurants and supported by TransLink. This mesmerizing exhibition features 20 of the world’s most astonishing skyscrapers constructed with breathtaking architectural detail on a scale of 1:200. The accuracy, precision and attention to detail by Australia’s Ryan McNaught, the only certified LEGO® professional in the Southern Hemisphere will inspire visitors as they tackle their own “tower of tomorrow”. Over 200,000 loose LEGO® bricks are available in Science World’s hands-on construction area.
Also, downtown, every Sunday, Noon to 4pm, the whole family can drop in to the Vancouver Art Gallery, for their interactive activities led by the Gallery’s Art Agents who encourage exploration, discussion and play within the exhibition spaces, then kids can enjoy experimenting with the materials, processes and ideas that have been inspired in The Making Place. A bonus Family Activity day has been added this month, Family Day, February 17, includes family tours of featured exhibitions, Transits and Returns and Cindy Sherman, regular programming at The Maker Space plus an added opportunity to experiment with audio-visual storytelling in a VJ/DJ workshop, led by artists Bracken Hanuse Corlett and Dean Hunt. The Making Space and family tours are free for kids 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.
Or head out to the Museum of Anthropology who is featuring the multi textured exhibition Playing with Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary only until March 29. The exhibit includes works by 11 British Columbia ceramic artists, moving well beyond the functionality that is usually associated with clay the artists draw inspiration from pop culture, art history, humour, beauty, hope and nature, to bring fresh, playful and challenging perspectives, the collection of works as a whole is spectacular, tempting viewers to get closer and discover that nothing is quite as it appears. In conjunction with the exhibit, MOA is hosting a Play with Clay: Drop-In Ceramics Workshop with Debra Sloan, Saturday February 22, Noon to 4, included with admission. Add a stop at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, just a 10-minute walk across campus. Vancouver’s natural history museum offers curious kids, and adults, hours and hours of wonder as they explore 500 exhibits that include over 2 million specimens. There are daily hands on activities, movies and presentations.
There’s sure to be time to get outdoors this month! Capilano Suspension Bridge Park on the North Shore is a world of discovery for kids. For your little explorers - Join Dr. Woods and explore the rainforest to collect research data while learning all about our West Coast rainforest. Pick up your explorer guide from the Treehouse at Treetops Adventure. Once you have collected all your answers, return to the Treehouse to earn your very own Rainforest Explorer’s reward!
Mark your calendars, after six months, the beloved Squamish attraction, the Sea to Sky Gondola, is reopening on February 14, celebrate their reopening all weekend long and enjoy 50% off your ticket when you purchase at the ticket window. Enjoy family fun at the mountaintop winter wonderland!