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2020 Family Day Activities in Victoria

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Family Day is coming up quick, so start planning those activities!

Whether your children are teens or little ones, there's a wide variety of free and paid events around Greater Victoria for your family to take part in. Give a few a try! Here are a few events happening on Family Day Long Weekend:

Free Family Day Events

Family Storytime

Where: Greater Victoria Public Library - Nellie McClung Branch
When: Friday February 15, 11:15 am-11:45 pm
Website: Event Calendar

For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Stay & Play

Where: Greater Victoria Public Library Branches - Nellie McClung branch
When: Friday February 15, 11:45 am-12:15 pm
Website: Event Calendar

For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy social time and free play following Family Storytime. Drop-in.

Pop-Up Library

Where: Cedar Hill Family Arts Festival
When: Monday February 17, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Website: Event Calendar

Meet GVPL staff at the Cedar Hill Arts Festival at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre for Family Day to check out books, get a library card or make a button.

Pop-Up Library

Where: Esquimalt Recreation Centre
When: Monday February 17, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Website: Event Calendar

Meet GVPL staff on Family Day at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre to check out books, get a library card or play a game. We’ll be located in the Atrium. Drop-in.

Pro-D Day: Magical Science Fiction

Where: Central Branch - Community Room
When: Friday February 14, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Website: Event Calendar

For ages 5-12. Join us for a magic show where you’ll discover the roots of science in science fiction, including Martian ice, bubbles and reflections. Presented by Mad Science. Registration begins January 2.

Pro-D Day: Soil Superstars

Where: Nellie McClung Branch – Community Room
When: Friday February 14, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Website: Event Calendar

For ages 5-8. Unearth the ways soil is part of the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the homes we live in. Meet real live worms. Presented by the Compost Education Centre. Registration begins January 2. 

Pro-D Day: Imaginary Cities

Where: Bruce Hutchison Branch – Arbutus Room
When: Friday February 14, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Website: Event Calendar

For ages 10-12. Join art teacher Sandi Henrich for a fun hands-on art workshop using drawing and watercolour techniques to create your own imaginary city or landscape. Registration begins January 2.

Pro-D Day: Science Exploration of Harry Potter’s World

Where: Oak Bay Branch – Meeting Room
When: Friday February 14, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Website: Event Calendar

For ages 5-12. Learn wizarding skills! Make water disappear, explore a secret map, play with a magic wand and experiment with some amazing potions. Presented by Mad Science. Registration begins January 2. 

Family Day 2020

Where: Esquimalt Recreation Centre
When: Monday February 17, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Website: Esquimalt.ca

We have all sorts of excitement in store for our 2020 Family Day event. Join us for Kindergym, skating, swimming as well as a variety of games and activities that you can do as a family!

Love is in the Park - Guided Walk

Where: Saanich, Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park
When: Saturday February 15, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Website: CRD Events

Come discover what animals are breeding in the park. Participate in family fun and all-ages-appropriate activities related to tree frogs singing, eagles cart-wheeling, hummingbirds dancing, owls hooting and more. Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter in the Filter Beds parking lot off Beaver Lake Road.

Family Day at Panorama

Where: Panorama Recreation Centre
When: Monday February 17, 6:00 am-10:30 pm
Website: Panorama Recreation

Celebrate Family Day with FREE admission to swimming, skating, weightroom and fitness classes sponsored by Peninsula Co-op. Skate 1-2:20pm, Swim 1:30-3:30pm.

Family Day - Yoga Class

Where: Panorama Recreation Centre
When: Monday February 17, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Website: Panorama Recreation

A chance for families to enjoy active and relaxation time together. Children must be 4yrs of age or older. Registration required. Course Code 47979. Each Family member must register.

200 Boxes

Where: ArtSea Gallery, 9565 Fifth Street
When: Monday February 17, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Website: ArtSea Gallery

Bring your imagination to the ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park between Feb. 15–17, 2020 to build, create and play. It’s a room full of boxes! Little ones, big ones, lots of all sorts. For tunnels and towers and building a fort. Come play and have fun, there’s tons you can do, with a box you can say you’re in a canoe, or driving a car or flying a plane! Then pile the boxes and build them again!

Museum Tots: Family

Where: Maritime Museum of British Columbia, 634 Humbolt Street 
When: Saturday February 15, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Website: Maritime Museum of BC

This weekly program introduces children ages 3 – 5 to the fun world of museum learning. Each week’s program revolves around a new theme, encouraging children to learn through crafts, play, song, and dance. This week's theme: Family. 

Family Day at the Legislature

Where: Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, 501 Belleville St.
When: Monday February 17,  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Website: EventBrite.ca

Visitors are welcome to join us for free family-friendly activities, such as crafts and scavenger hunts, at the BC Parliament Buildings.

Family Day At The Royal BC Museum

Where: Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street
When: Monday February 17, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Website: Royal BC Museum

What does “family” mean to you? Visit us on Family Day with your family members (of birth or of choice) to celebrate the idea and explore your provincial museum. Join us at our annual photo station – featuring a mystery animal specimen – from 1 to 3 pm. We’ll take and print photos of you and your family next to a mounted animal from our Natural History collection. What’s this year’s featured animal for the family portrait? Come find out!

While you’re here, stroll through Old Town and reacquaint yourself with the little details that you always loved as a child. Visit the Natural History gallery to take a selfie in front of any of our classic dioramas. And head to the First Peoples gallery to learn more about the Indigenous peoples of BC – and (from 11 am to 4 pm) give us your family’s feedback on the future of the Indigenous Summer Arts Studio. Last—but not least—please enjoy the 2020 Wildlife Photography of the Year feature exhibition, open from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free this Family Day, and for this we gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

Family Day At The Market

Where: Victoria Public Market, 1701 Douglas Street
When: Monday February 17, 11:00 am - 2:00pm
Website: Victoria Public Market

Join us for a fun filled Family Day at the Market! We’ll be hosting a FREE Family Day event featuring Live Music, Face Painting by Danger By Design, Story time with Marmalade Books, and a FREE Photobooth from Mr Booth Photo Experiences! Bring the whole family down for some lunch and fun!

Family Arts Festival

Where: Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd.
When: Monday February 17, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Website: Saanich.ca

Celebrate Family Day at The Arts Centre! This free family event is a celebration of imagination, creativity and discovery. Kids of all ages will enjoy a wide variety of activities led by Arts Centre staff and guests from Greater Victoria’s arts community. Explore the world of art, dance, music, theatre and other creative arts through hands-on stations and performances.

Black History Month - World Music Concert

Where: Belfry Theatre
When: Monday February 17, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Website: Event Calendar

In celebration of Black History Month, we invite you to join us on BC Family Day for an evening of music and poetry. Drop-in. Admission by donation. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Presented in partnership with the BC Black History Awareness Society and the Belfry Theatre.

Family Day Events By Admission

Family Day Weekend in Sidney — Annual LEGO Exhibit

Where: Sidney Museum, 2423 Beacon Ave., Sidney
When: Daily until March 31, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: By donation
Website: Sidney Museum

It’s here! The ever-popular LEGO exhibition has returned to Sidney Museum, featuring a wider range of themes including Star Wars, Minecraft, Friends, Harry Potter, Batman and vintage sets! Learn about the history of the many Lego models on display, guess how many bricks were used to build the giant Lego Tower or challenge yourself with a scavenger hunt with three levels of difficulty for all ages. 

Featured Exhibit: Protecting Our Coasts

Where: Maritime Museum of British Columbia, 634 Humbolt Street
When: October 31 - May 14 Daily
Cost: Admission
Website: Maritime Museum of BC

Lighthouses and their keepers’ original role has been to protect vessels travelling along the coast from crashing into dangerous shoreline. As technology and society continues to change, so too has the role of the lighthouse. Over the years, lighthouses have been put to different roles, depending on the needs of society. In the late 1800’s they served to support colonial development on the coast; in WWII they helped establish a defense system; and now, a new trend has started to rise. As we’ve become increasingly concerned with the state of the natural environment, lighthouses in B.C. are shifting into becoming ecological reserves or are gaining an environmentally-related protected status, with their keepers becoming the guardians of their stations’ landscapes and the surrounding wildlife. This exhibit explores this cultural shift through a timeline approach, questioning what is has meant, and what it now means to protect our coast.

Weekend Tots "Awesome Octopus"

Where: Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea 9811 Seaport Pl., Sidney
When: Sunday February 16, 10:30am – 11:30am
Cost: Standard admission rates apply; free for members and annual pass holders
Website: Salish Sea Centre

All the fun of Tot Tuesday BUT on a Sunday! Bring your preschooler to the Centre for a morning of fun! Parents and preschoolers are invited to join our Educators at 10:30am on the third Sunday of each month for special ocean-themed stories, crafts and activities. This month's theme is "Awesome Octopus". Suitable for ages 3–5 but everyone welcome. 

Pro-D Day $2 Skate & Day Swim

Where: Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Dr.
When: Friday February 14, 1 - 2:20pm (skate) & 1:30 - 3:30pm (swim)
Cost: $2
Website: Panorama Recreation

Join us for a fun-filled Pro-D Day! Bring your family and friends for swimming and skating fun, music, games and prizes. $2 admission. Helmets available free of charge for skating.

Sea Glass Jewelry Workshop

Where: Maritime Museum of British Columbia, 634 Humbolt Street 
When: Saturday February 15, 2:30 - 4:00 pm 
Cost: $19.99 (includes admission to museum) (10% discount for members)
Website: Maritime Museum of BC

Spruce up your wardrobe by accessorizing with sea glass – also known as “mermaid tears”! Create your own sea glass necklace, bracelet, earrings, or other one-of-a-kind jewelry at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. Using locally sourced material, our workshop leader will guide you through the wire-wrapping process, connecting each piece to stories and histories of local areas around Vancouver Island. Ticket includes admission to the Maritime Museum of BC (valid for 24 hours). 

Victoria Walking Tour

Where: Visitor Info Centre, 812 Wharf Street
When: Saturday February 15 & Sunday February 16. 10:30 am - 12:00 pm or 2:00 - 3:30pm
Cost: Adults $20, Seniors/Students $15, Children 6-11 $10, Family $50 (up to 2 adults and their children under 16)
Website: Discover the Past

Victoria's Story is a leisurely 90-minute walk through Downtown Victoria. Our professional guides are passionate about Victoria's history and breathe life into their stories. Iconic architecture, fascinating details about local events that link to world themes, famous and colorful people from the past are all included. By the end of your tour, you will know why Victoria is here, how it became the capital city and what the current civic issues are. Find out about the city’s First Nations origins, its fur trade and gold rush periods and how it has evolved over time. Along the way, you will be inspired and informed by our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will be able to customize their tours to suit your specific interests.

ISSAMBA - Journey Through the Depths of African Rooted-Rhythms 

Where: The David Dunnet Community Theater
When: Friday February 15, 7:30 - 10:00 pm
Cost: $25 + Fees
Website: Tourism Victoria

ISSAMBA promotes and brings together music from across African cultures to present a unified African groove. Immerse yourself in a mix of African instruments, traditional rhythms, and dancing styles. These artists will travel from abroad, gracing BC with their special talents and sharing aspects of their culture with you. ISSAMBA, a 90 minute show that gives you a glimpse into the rich and diverse musical culture of Africa, an invaluable experience you won’t want to miss!

Spring Prelude at Butchart Gardens

Where: Butchart Gardens
When: January 15 - March 15 Daily 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: Standard Garden admission rates apply 
Website: Butchart Gardens

While the outdoor gardens sleep, the indoor gardens come to life. Step inside the Spring Prelude, and stroll along the flagstone pathways while breathing in the subtle fragrance of flowering shrubs and flowers. Beds of daffodils and tulips bloom alongside tropical plants and orchids creating a fantasy garden. Flowering cherry, witch hazel, and other flowering shrubs provide a backdrop to a footbridge where goldfish gracefully and serenely swim beneath.

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