Family Day is just around the corner! Have you made plans yet?
On Monday, February 18th, BC families will enjoy the newly-shifted stat holiday (originally held on the second Monday of February). Family Day allows for families to spend some much-needed time together, and thankfully, the city has a collection of things to see and do to celebrate.
Here are just six ways that you can spend Family Day with your loved ones this year:
1) Free Family Day at MOV
On Family Day, visitors to the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) can enjoy complimentary admission! Take a walk on the wild side and visit the Wild Things exhibition, where you can experience the wonder of a close encounter of the wild kind. Explore the Haida Now exhibition and discover the wily ways of Wasgo the Sea Wolf and many other captivating Haida stories, including the Bear Mother. Learn about Vancouver’s past from 1900 to 1970 by visiting MOV’s History Galleries – an experience the entire family will enjoy!
2) Find Fun & Fins at the Vancouver Aquarium
Enjoy Family Day fun, fins and feathers at the Vancouver Aquarium from Saturday, February 16 to Monday, February 18. For the first time, the Vancouver Aquarium is offering complimentary admission for children 12 and under on Monday, February 18!
Get to know the aquatic family through special activities and programs throughout the weekend, including underwater-themed story time, the Meet a Parrot and Meet a Penguin programs, a screening of the exhilarating Shark: A 4-D Experience in the 4-D theatre, face painting and family photos with Ollie the Otter, and more!
3) Family Fun on the Farm
Head to historic Stewart Farm for a Family Day! The popular heritage site will host a free, fun-filled, drop-in event with lots of hands-on heritage activities, including: guided tours of the 1894 farmhouse, old-fashioned children’s games and farm chores, and the chance to sample some baking from the wood stove, make a heritage craft, dress up, and more.
Historic Stewart Farm is a one-of-a-kind heritage site, home to eight heritage buildings and nestled along the Nicomekl River within Elgin Heritage Park in South Surrey.
4) Spend Family Day At Lonsdale Quay
Lonsdale Quay Market will be celebrating Family Day with interactive activities to enjoy with your whole family! Activities will include an interactive petting zoo, kids crafts, balloon twisting, Disney characters, and a free Bricks 4 Kidz Lego class.
5) Join the Family Day Olympic Experience at the Richmond Oval
Stay active and try climbing together as a family! Enjoy Climbing to Tokyo 2020 with new Olympic sports bouldering, speed climbing and top rope. Next, participate in the Family Passport Challenge. Activities include Olympian autographs, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Podium Photo Challenge, Oval Sport Programs & Camps, trivia, and more! Explore the Olympic Experience Museum- a multi-sport experience and one-of-a-kind museum, and then lace up your skates and hit the ice!
6) Enjoy A Matinee Cultural Performance At The ACT Maple Ridge
Celebrate Family Day with a trip to Jacky’s Village, featuring music, dance, and storytelling from the African countries of Cameroon and Guinea. Well-known children’s entertainer Jacky Essombe, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Yoro Noukoussi, will delight all ages in a participatory performance featuring a variety of traditional African instruments including the djembe, talking drum and shekere. Audience participation is encouraged throughout the performance in the form of call-and-response, signing, clapping and dancing.