Continued from 10 Great Spring Break Ideas – Part 1, we bring you five more spring break activities in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region worth pursuing with your family this March!
6. Surrey Museum
If you have train lovers in your family, you’ll want to bring them to the Surrey Museum. Right now the museum’s feature exhibit BC Electric: More Than Just a Tram explores how the arrival of electricity and the BC Electric Railway changed Surrey.
Photo: Outside the Surrey Museum. Source: Kalevi Sissonen via Flickr.
You can visit the exhibit as a whole family or get the kids to participate in the museum’s Spring Break Family Daycamp. Held March 13-16 and 20-23 (10:30am-12:30pm), kids of all ages can play with props and touchable artifacts as well as create train crafts, all the while learning about our local railway history.
7. Gold Panning in Yale
The Fraser Canyon was once home to one of BC’s earliest gold rushes way back in 1858. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the art of gold panning, why not learn where it all began? Here’s your chance!
Photo: Along the Fraser River in Yale. Source: OurBC.com
On March 17, 24 and 31 (10am-4pm), gold panning expert Yukon Dan will be hosting Fraser River gold panning workshops in the historic gold rush town of Yale – a town which also happened to be the starting point of the famous Cariboo Wagon Road to Barkerville. Needless to say, this region is steeped in gold rush history and there’s nothing better than bringing this history alive by being there and experiencing it.
Although Yukon Dan has a lot of information on his website, call him at 604-948-4941 for more details about this particular event. Thanks to Legal Addictions for putting this unique event on our radar!
8. Fraser River Discovery Centre
Take the Skytrain out to New Westminster for the afternoon and spend it at the Fraser River Discovery Centre. Situated on the river, the Fraser River Discovery Centre is where you can learn all about the mighty Fraser through a variety of exhibits and hands-on interactive displays.
Photo: Meet a white sturgeon! Source: Fraser River Discovery Centre blog.
Drop by on March 23 for a special spring break Discovery Zone Adventure. Aimed at kids 5-12, this program will provide a fun hands-on, guded tour of their newest exhibit where kids can uncover amazing stories, explore archaeology, meet the living dinosaur known as the Fraser River white sturgeon, as well as discover how pollutants affect the river.
9. North Vancouver Museum & Archives
We know that Canadians have invited all kinds of quirky products, from the NASA Canadarm to the sport of basketball, but could you name one thing that a British Columbia designed and created? Well, you’re not the only one! But after a visit to the North Vancouver Museum & Archives this month, all that will likely change.
Photo: The Design in BC exhibit at the North Vancouver Museum & Archives. Source: Sam Carter via ECUAD.
Right now the North Vancouver Museum & Archives is featuring their exhibit, Made in BC: Home-Grown Design. The exhibit showcases all kinds of products designed and created by the people of British Columbia. Explore the exhibit as a family or register your kids for the museum’s spring break program called BC Design For Kids.
Aimed at kids aged 6-12, the program runs on March 17 and March 24 (10am-12pm) where they’ll be treated to hands-on games and activities such as print making, bridge building, and doodle designs. Pre-registration is required. Call 604-990-3700 (ext 8016) to register.
10. Fort Langley National Historic Site
From now until March 25 (10am-5pm), the Fort Langley National Historic Site will be offering full days of family fun. Help plant the heritage garden and visit the chickens and bunnies. Watch baking at noon and historic weapons at 3:30 pm.
Photo: Inside Fort Langley National Historic Site. Source: OurBC.
As a young girl I absolutely loved visiting Fort Langley because I felt like I was going back in time. Where else do you get to visit a real Hudson’s Bay Fort complete with log structures, defense towers, and fur traders in costume? There’s nothing else quite like it in the Lower Mainland.