Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Break ideas!

The dreaded 2-week Spring Break is almost upon us. If you haven't pre-registered for any Spring Break programs or just want to play it by ear, here are some fantastic drop-in kids' programs that will keep your children busy and entertained. Let the fun begin! (Listings below are organized by location.)


Toonie Matinees
March 21 - April 1
Bring your kids in to watch a show for just $2. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.
Location: Select children's movies and dates at participating Empire Theatres
Info: Find dates and show details at


Games & Crafts Galore
March 21-25, 12 noon-4 pm
Daily activities, crafts and more.
Location: Brentwood Town Centre, Centre Court, 4567 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby, BC

The Villager Scavenger Hunt
March 21-27, 12-4 pm
Decipher clues and win a treat. For 2+ yrs. Includes carousel rides. Cost: $6.50 per person (members free)
Location: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC


The Mystery of the Chipper Stream
March 26, 1-3 pm
Someone has polluted Chipper Stream! Can you help solve the mystery? At the Discovery Centre this Spring Break, kids aged 5-9 and their families are invited to become pollution detectives and help find the guilty party while learning about solutions to reduce pollution.
Location: Fraser River Discovery Centre, 788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC
Info: 604-521-8401 or


Spring Break at Richmond Nature Park
March 22-25 and March 29-31, 9:30 am-12 noon
Be a nature detective and immerse yourself in sticky science! Cost: $18 per person.
Location: Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC


Free Ice Skating at Morgan Crossing
March 19-23, 10 am-7 pm daily
The shops at Morgan Crossing's skating rink features a unique synthetic material that feels just like real ice -- rain or shine, warm or cold, people will be able to skate! Bring your family and join your friends for a fun Spring Break activity. Skate rental and sharpening available by donation.
Location: Morgan Crossing, corner of 24th & Croydon Drive, South Surrey, BC

Spring Break Family PlayCamp: Setting the Stage: Steamer Trunk Theatre
March 22-25 and March 29-April 1, 10:30 am-2:30 pm
This drop-in program lets you rummage through a steamer trunk full of costumes, props and artefacts that bring the early history of stage theatre to life. Dress up and act up as you explore the history of performance by creating masks, puppets and plays. For all ages. By donation.
Location: Surrey Museum, 17710-56A Avenue, Surrey, BC
Info: 604-592-6956 or

Kids' Spring Fling at the Surrey Nature Centre
March 25, 10 am-2 pm
Drop in for a day filled with outdoor games, eco-crafts, nature activities and discoveries -- just for kids! Hunt for bugs, search for birds, play in the forest, and explore the special places at the Surrey Nature Centre. Rain or shine. Parent participation required. Free. For all ages.
Location: Surrey Nature Centre, 14255 - 96 Avenue, Surrey, BC
Info: 604-502-6065


Forensics for Kids
March 21-April 1, 12 noon-4 pm
Drop in to try to solve a crime. Suitable for children (and adults) of all ages. Get a real hands-on forensic science experience. Discover how police investigators collect and analyze evidence from crime scenes by doing it yourself. Two different scenarios are offered with different types of evidence. Depending on the scenario, you might take fingerprints, examine bullets recovered from the crime scene, measure blood spatter or examine a questioned document. There is a $1/person charge for this program in addition to the regular museum admission.
Location: Vancouver Police Museum, 240 E. Cordova St, Vancouver, BC
Info: 604-665-3346 or

Weekly Family Art Programs at Vancouver Art Gallery
March 19-April 2, 12-4 pm
Free for kids! This Spring Break, join our Weekly Family Programs every day. Be curious and ask questions with Vancouver Art Gallery's team of Art Agents, follow an Art Tracks tour led by artists, educators, musicians and others, and create and experiment with hands-on workshops and activities in The Making Place.
Location: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC

Explore the Amazon at the Vancouver Aquarium
March 19-April 3, 9:30 am-6 pm
From March 19 until April 3, the Graham Amazon Gallery at the Vancouver Aquarium will be transformed to include surprising new creatures and experiences from the most species-rich area of the world. Find surprising new creatures like Goeldi's Monkey. Get an up-close look at the remarkable metamorphosis stage between a caterpillar and a butterfly. Every day butterflies will emerge and be released into the larger gallery.As you explore, you'll experience rolling thunder, lightning crackle and torrential rainfall--raingear not required. For those explorers young at heart, the Aquarium's 4D/FX theatre will showcase Dora & Diego's 4D Adventure using 3D imagery, sensory seats and loads of in-theatre 4D special effects.
Location: Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

Fun at Kids Market
March 19-April 3
Potato arts & crafts, March 21-April 3, 11 am-3 pm, on the main floor. Free. Ceramics and sand art, March 21-25 and March 28-April 1, 11 am-4 pm, 2nd floor party room. Cost: $2 small or $3 large. Face painting with Beebop and Captain Bubbles, March 19-April 3, daily 12 noon-3 pm, 2nd floor landing. By donation.
Location: Kids Market, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

Wacky Weather and Natural Disasters
March 21-27
Drop in during Spring Break for interesting facts and fun.
Location: Science World, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC

5th Annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
March 26-April 22
Celebrate the cherry blossom trees in Vancouver. Find events including Cherry Jam Downtown, a free outdoor noon-hour concert on March 31, and Sakura Days Japan Fair, a family-friendly contemporary Japanese Street festival at Van Dusen Botanical Garden on April 2 & 3, from 10 am-5 pm.

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