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Make the most of Family Day with these special offers

Play vintage board games, pinball, and arcade games in the Museum of Vancouver's All Together Now exhibition about collections.

Family Day is quickly approaching, leaving some parents wondering what to do for the holiday. We recommend you take advantage of these fantastic offers from some of Vancouver’s must see attractions including free admission for kids the Museum of Vancouver.

Kids (and adults young at heart) will love exploring Angus Bungay’s collection of 2,000+ toys and action figures featured in MOV's All Together Now exhibition with many interactive stations including pinball machines, typewriters, jukeboxes, and board games. On February 13, all youth (18 and under) will enjoy FREE admission.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park features the iconic Suspension Bridge, Treetops Adventure, 7 suspended footbridges offering views 100 feet above the forest floor and the Cliffwalk, a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms high above the Capilano River. Enjoy a Special Family Rate of $85 for 2 Adults and 2 Children (ages 6-16)  valid for the entire Family Day long weekend, and as a bonus, BC Residents will receive an Annual Pass.

Celebrate with the Vancouver Lookout all weekend long! With their brand new Sky Scouts program and lots of family-friendly activities, Vancouver Lookout are sure to be a great addition to your day. Children (ages 6-16) receive FREE admission with every paying adult.

Get a unique perspective of the mountain town of Squamish and the surrounding alpine scenery, as you soar above it all on the Sea to Sky Gondola. Once at the top, there are a number of outdoor activities. Choose from the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, Alpine Alley (our kids only nature walk), many accessible viewing platforms to take in the views of coastal fjords, various walking/ hiking trail, and much more. February 11 – 13:  receive 50% off day tickets purchased at the ticket window.

Bring the whole gang to enjoy a fun filled day at. Britannia Mine Museum. Explore the old mining tunnels with underground tours. Strike it rich in the Gold Panning Pavilion. Explore this National Historic Site and experience what life was like at Britannia Mine. Special event pricing: 50% off admission on Monday, February 13.

Check out the Vancouver Art Gallery on February 13, 2017! There will be an exciting range of activities to participate in throughout the day, including Art Agents, Making Place Family Programs, and more. See website for more details.

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden offers serenity, history and great chi. First classical Chinese garden built outside of China. You can walk through the Garden on your own, but the guided tour offers historical perspective and encourages you to reflect on the design elements in different ways. On February 13, Seniors will enjoy FREE admission!

Celebrate Family Day weekend with the Museum of Anthropology and two great events. On Saturday February 11, explore a MOA pop-up gallery downtown at ArtStarts, where families can engage with Tsimshian Chilkat weavings and join fibre artist Rebecca Graham for a fun, hands-on workshop: The Magic of Making Cloth. This workshop is FREE of charge! Or for something even more active, join the dancers from Axé Capoeira on Sunday February 12 at MOA for an irresistible taste of Brazilian culture, try your hand at capoeira at our 11am workshop and then celebrate Brazil through an awe inspiring presentation Viv Brazil.  The capoeira show is FREE with MOA admission; the workshop is FREE for MOA members.

The Vancouver Trolley Company’s Hop-On, Hop-Off City Attractions Tour, onboard San Francisco-style trolleys, is the easiest way to enjoy Vancouver’s most popular areas, including: Stanley Park, Granville Island, Chinatown and Gastown. They even stop at Vanier Park! February 10 - 13, enjoy a special $100 Family Rate, which includes 1-day Hop-On, Hop-Off for two adults and two kids (4 - 12).

Family Fun at Winter Wander 2015

Saturday, February 7: Vanier Park hosts family-friendly, cultural discovery event

Vancouverites are invited to spend the day exploring the six cultural institutions of Vanier Park, at the fourth annual Winter Wander, presented by Port Metro Vancouver.

Vanier Park is home to Vancouver Maritime Museum, Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives. Each year, the group teams up for a one-day event where locals and their families can enjoy a taste of what Vanier Park’s cultural institutions have to offer.

For only $5.00, youth, seniors and adults receive admission to all venues, while kids five and younger can visit for free.

In addition to all the exhibitions, there will be some extra special opportunities to enjoy.

There will be food trucks on site from Triple-O's and Big Red's Poutine, and ventriloquist Kellie Haines will be performing her show at MOV (11:30am and 1:00pm),

Expert face painter Allyson Grant from Gossamer Designs will be adding colour the the festivities, and We Love Van will be providing complimentary water and coffee. Make sure to enter the prize draws too!

We are grateful for the continued generosity of Port Metro Vancouver, whose support will ensure that this year’s event is not to be missed. We would also like to thank our event sponsors City and LG104.3 for spreading the word.

For full schedule of events and more information, visit

We'll see you Saturday at Vanier Park!

Not granny’s gingerbread house (but we like hers, too)

(I keep meaning to cover our what-are-Vancouver-museums-collecting-now talk from the other week, but get distracted by other cool happenings, like this one. That collecting post is coming soon—honest!)

We love, love, love this gingerbread-house event we’re hosting this week at the Museum.

Following a successful run last year, the talented minds at Creative Room, a Vancouver design collective, have put out a call to architects and designers to “re-envision the traditional typology of the gingerbread house.” In other words: eighty-six the smarties, lollipops, and gummies, and modernize the houses beneath. Eleven finalists have been selected, and their houses (projects?) are now on view at the Museum. In addition, an online auction opened last week, with all proceeds going to the Vancouver chapter of Architecture for Humanity. On Thursday, December 10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., we’ll host the Gingerbread Gala. The judges will critique the finalists, the bidding will close, and the winners will be announced. Preview images and descriptions of each house on Creative Room’s website and purchase tickets here. Right now, Nick Milkovich Architects’ Sugar Shack, pictured above, has the highest bid…

So, here’s a holiday plan for you and the kids: come to the Museum this week. Check out the gingerbread houses (they’ll be around until Sunday). Then, proceed to the Ravishing Beasts exhibit armed with our self-led family program/mystery guide: The Case of the Vanishing Beast. Our family and education staff have developed a compelling detective case, solved by collecting clues found in the exhibit. Learn about animals, local species, and history—and it’s free with admission. Details on that program here.

Happy holidays!

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