It’s Spring Break and the kids are out of school! With so many fantastic family events and activities taking place throughout the month of March, we thought we’d highlight some great spring break ideas Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region for you and your family. This is part one of our two part blog post.
1. Britannia Mine Museum
From March 10-25, the Britannia Mine Museum will be offering fun activities led by their interpreters every day at 11am and 2pm. These family-friendly programs will be themed around Japanese culture to support their temporary exhibit, Stolen Lives: Remember the Japanese Canadian Internment.
One such activity is the Japanese Drumming Performance which takes place on Saturday, March 10. Sansho Taiko will be here from Vancouver for two special performances, 11am and 2pm. There will also be a chance to try drumming yourself.
2. Ice Skating
Let the kids go ice skating while you go shopping! West Vancouver’s Park Royal (March 9-18 from 12-6pm) and The Shops at Morgan’s Crossing in Surrey (March 22-25 from 10am-6pm) both have synthetic ice rinks set up and welcome everyone to come down for an open-air skate.
Photo: Whistler Olympic Plaza. Source: Mike Crane via Tourism Whistler.
Another idea is relive the 2010 Winter Olympics at the Whistler Olympic Plaza where there’s free outdoor ice skating daily from 11am-5pm and from 6pm-9pm.
3. Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Photo: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Source: Robyn Hanson.
Want to know what it was like to work in a Steveston cannery? Find out at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery on March 16 and 18 where you can join their costumed interpreter in their new “CAN you handle it?” tour and learn first-hand. Can’t make those dates? Starting March 10, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery will be hosting all kinds of fun March break activities like arts and crafts, map-making, cork boat-making, and more!
4. Sunshine Coast Winter Fest
The Sunshine Coast Winter Fest takes place on Saturday, March 10. Sponsored by Alpha Adventures, the festival takes place on Dakota Ridge where there will be product demos, snowshoe races, a kid’s ski race, a cross country ski mini-loppet (race) and more!
Photo: Snowshoeing on Dakota Ridge during Winter Fest 2011. Source: wotocho Flickr.
Can’t make it to Dakota Ridge in time? Not to worry! With a base of 200cm, the snow’s not going anywhere soon. Bring the whole family to Dakota Ridge any time this month to experience their fabulous cross country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Be sure to check out the Dakota Ridge Facebook Page for daily updates on snow and road conditions.
5. Burnaby Village Museum
Photo: The Coursel at the Burnaby Village Museum. Source: Bruce Irschick via Flickr.
From March 19-25 (12-4pm) the Burnaby Village Museum is hosting a Spring Break Scavenger Hunt with the theme being Puppets and Pageantry. They write, “Start the hunt! Marionette, paper bag, and shadow puppets of all sorts! Explore this unique form of theatre art with a scavenger hunt, crafts, and lively performances. Need to take a break – make a craft, enjoy a performance or take a whirl on the carousel. All are included with admission”.