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2019 Family Day Activities in Victoria BC

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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!

Free Family Day Events

Family Storytime

Where: Greater Victoria Public Library Branches — Oak Bay, Equimalt, Juan de Fuca, Central (Friday); Nellie McClung (Saturday)
When: Friday Feb. 15 & Saturday Feb. 16, 10:30am - 11am
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 — Oak Bay, Juan de Fuca (Friday); Nelli McClung (Saturday)
When: Friday Feb. 15,  11am - 11:30pm & Saturday Feb. 16, 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.

Baby Time

Where: Greater Victoria Public Library Branches — Esquimalt, Bruce Hutchison
When: Friday Feb. 15, 11:30am - 12pm
Website: Event Calendar

For babies 0-15 months and parent or caregiver. Learn songs, rhymes and fingerplays to use with your baby every day. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pro-D Day: Wonderful Watercolours

Where: Greater Victoria Public Library Juan de Fuca Branch
When: Friday Feb. 15, 2 - 3pm
Website: RSVP Online

For ages 10-12. Join art teacher Sandi Henrich for a fun workshop using drawing and watercolour techniques to create colourful art inspired by the world of nature and your imagination. Registration begins January 2.

Pro-D Day: Colour Me Ozobots

Where: Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch
When: Friday Feb. 15, 2 - 3pm
Website: RSVP Online

For ages 8-12. Join the Science Venture team for an exciting Codemakers workshop and explore the science of light and colour through programming mini Ozobot robots. Registration begins January 2.

Pro-D Day: Acting Out!

Where: Greater Victoria Public Library Nellie McClung Branch
When: Friday Feb. 15, 2 - 3pm
Website: RSVP Online

For ages 8-12. Make the most of your imagination as you explore improv, theatrical silliness, puppets, costumes and music in this fun acting program with Jennifer Callioux. Registration begins January 2.

Pro-D Day: Lego at the Library

Where: Greater Victoria Public Library Oak Bay Branch
When: Friday Feb. 15, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Website: RSVP Online

For ages 7-10. Listen to stories and have fun with the library’s Lego. Registration begins January 2.

Pro-D Day: Little Lego at the Library – Bruce Hutchison

Where: Greater Victoria Public Library Bruce Hutchison Branch
When: Friday Feb. 15, 3:30 - 4:30pm
Website: RSVP Online

For ages 4-6. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Listen to stories and have fun with the library’s Lego. Registration begins January 2.

Pro-D Day: DigiLab Gamers Unite!

Where: Greater Victoria Public Library sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch
When: Friday Feb. 15, 3:30 - 5:30pm
Website: RSVP Online

For 13-18 year olds. Gather ‘round an old-fashioned board game, or play computer games among friends. Registration begins January 2.

Pro-D Day: Stuffed Animal Storytime and Sleepover

Where: Greater Victoria Public Library Esquimalt Branch
When: Friday Feb. 15, 6:30 - 7pm
Website: RSVP Online

For ages 4-6. Bring your favourite stuffed animal to the library for a storytime, then leave the stuffie at the library for a sleepover. We’ll have cameras set up to record any monkey business. Return the following day after 1:00 pm to pick up your furry friend and see the pictures. Registration begins January 2.

Family Day Weekend in Sidney — 100 Boxes

Where: 9565 Fifth St., Sidney
When: Saturday Feb. 16 - Thursday Feb. 21, Noon - 4pm
Website: ArtSea Gallery

A Room Full of Boxes.  Just 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! (Mom and Dad can play with them too!)

Rogers Hometown Hockey at CFB Esquimalt

Where: 737 Admirals Road, CFB Esquimalt
When: Saturday Feb. 16, Noon - 6pm & Sunday Feb. 17, 11am - 7pm
Website: Esquimalt.ca

Rogers Hometown Hockey makes its way to CFB Esquimalt on February 16 and 17 at the Wurtele Arena. Expect a great weekend of FREE hockey-related activities, NHL Alumni appearances, music, and fun for the whole family! Join Ron MacLean and Tara Slone LIVE on site on Sunday, February 17th for the Support Our Troops broadcast as they tell the stories that celebrate the hockey history and culture that put Esquimalt on Canada's hockey map, and stick around to catch the Montreal Canadiens take on the Florida Panthers.

Family Fun Hike - Guided Walk – 8 years+

Where: East Sooke Regional Park
When: Saturday Feb. 16, 1pm-2:30pm
Website: CRD Parks

Enjoy a walk in the park with your family to celebrate Family Day weekend! Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and discover the beauty of this wooded parkland. Bring a snack and water, and wear sturdy footwear. Try to arrive 10 minutes before the start of your program. Meet at the kiosk in the Aylard Farm parking lot off Beecher Bay Road. No registration required; contact 250.478.3344 for more information.

Family Day Weekend in Sidney — LEGO Scavenger Hunt

Where: Sidney Museum, 2423 Beacon Ave., Sidney
When: Sunday Feb. 17 to Thursday Feb. 28
Website: Sidney By The Sea

Pick-up your LEGO treasure map at the Sidney Museum and enjoy exploring Sidney and checking out the LEGO exhibits displayed at various locations around town. When you have completed your map, bring it back to the Sidney Museum and enter to win one of several LEGO prizes! First prize is a Star Wars set: “First Order Heavy Assault Walker,” and standing at over 13” high, this fearsome walker consists of 1,300 pieces.

Family Day Weekend in Sidney — Free Family Day at Panorama

Where: Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Dr.
When: Monday Feb. 18, 6am - 10:30pm
Website: Panorama Recreation

Celebrate Family Day with FREE admission to swimming, skating weight room and fitness classes. Sponsored by Peninsula Co-op. Skate from 1 - 2:20pm, swim from 1:30 - 3pm.

Family Day at the Legislature

Where: Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, 501 Belleville St.
When: Monday Feb. 18, 10am - 2pm
Website: EventBrite.ca

Join us on Family Day for free guided tours and family-friendly activities at the Parliament Buildings.

Family Day At The Royal BC Museum

Where: Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street
When: Monday Feb. 18, 10am - 5pm
Website: Royal BC Museum

Free admission all day! On Family Day 2019, join us for a Learning Centre Design Playdate from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The Royal BC Museum is in the process of developing an inclusive learning centre, a hub for learning and sharing for museum visitors of all ages. Drop in to playfully test out ideas for programming and contribute your thoughts and ideas on how to create a centre that feels relevant and exciting for your family, or take the opportunity to be among the first to enjoy the Wildlife Photographer of the Year feature exhibition. Visit the Natural History Gallery and take a selfie with the classic dioramas. Head to the First Peoples Gallery and deepen your understanding of the cultural traditions of Indigenous peoples of BC. Or stroll through the Becoming BC Gallery and reacquaint yourself with the little details of the museum that you always loved as a child.

Family Day Celebration

Where: Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser St.
When: Monday Feb. 18, 11am - 2pm
Website: Esquimalt.ca

We have all sorts of excitement in store for our 2019 Family Day event. Join us for Kindergym, skating, swimming as well as a variety of games and activities like face painting, a photo booth, and mad science shows – and do it all for FREE. See the link for the events schedule and Lions' BBQ menu.

Family Day At The Market

Where: Victoria Public Market, 6-1701 Douglas Street
When: Monday Feb. 18,  11am - 2pm
Website: Victoria Public Market

Join us for a fun filled Family Day at the Market! On Monday February 18th from 11am – 2pm we’ll be hosting a FREE Family Day event featuring Live Music, Magic Shows, Balloon Twisting, and a FREE Photobooth! Bring the whole family down for some lunch and fun!

Family Arts Festival

Where: Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd.
When: Monday Feb. 18, 11am - 3pm
Website: Saanich.ca

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, including Chinese dance, a magic show, Lekwungen traditional dancers, and more. Explore the world of visual arts, dance, music and theatre through hands-on stations and performances.

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, 10am - 4pm
Cost: By donation
Website: Sidney Museum

The creative force has arrived at the Sidney Museum with our newest presentation of the ever-popular Lego Exhibition celebrating over 60 years of Lego imagination. Dozens of Star Wars themed Lego models provide a special focus for this exciting exhibit, rounded out by hundreds of other Lego models including Hogwarts Castle and Lego model of the Bugatti Chiron automobile. Our guests will learn about the history of the many Lego models on display, a special opportunity to guess how many bricks comprise the giant Lego Pyramid as well as the opportunity to enjoy the special presentation film on the origin and development of the Lego building system.

PD Day Camp: All Aboard! Ship Life

Where: Maritime Museum of British Columbia, 634 Humbolt Street
When: Friday Feb. 15, 9am - 4pm
Cost: Members $45, Non-Members $55
Website: Maritime Museum of BC

Come and spend the day off school at the Maritime Museum of BC learning all about life on board a ship! Join in while we learn about shipbuilding, navigating using a compass, and do some ship-themed art. Our Pro-D Day Camp runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, February 15th and is for children ages 6-11. Space is limited to 10 children, so register early! Although snacks are included, lunch is not. Please ensure your child comes with a packed lunch. Some activities will be outdoors. Weather-appropriate attire is required.

Family Day Weekend in Sidney — Watershed Wonders

Where: 9811 Seaport Pl., Sidney
When: Friday Feb. 15, 10am - 4pm
Cost: Adults $17.50, Seniors $14, Youth (13-18) $12, Children (4-12) $8, Children 3 and under free; $12 for Students, First Nations, and Canadian Military with ID
Website: Salish Sea Centre

Be it a smack of jellies or a constellation of sea stars, “families” come in all different shapes and sizes. Throughout Family Day weekend immerse yourself in the vast diversity of Salish Sea species through exciting hands-on all-day programming. On Friday, February 15 (an all-district Pro-D day), the Centre hosts their annual Watershed Wonders event with special guests, new games and engaging experiments.

Family Day Weekend in Sidney — Pro-D Day $2 Skate & Day Swim

Where: Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Dr.
When: Friday Feb. 15, 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.

BCIHL Hockey - UVic Vikes vs. TWU Spartans

Where: Ian H Stewart Complex, 3964 Gordon Head Rd.
When: Friday Feb. 15, 7 - 9:30pm
Cost: By donation ($5 suggested)
Website: EventBrite.ca

UVic Vikes (0-0-0-0) vs. TWU Spartans (0-0-0-0). Puck drop at 7:30pm. Go Vikes Go!

Museum Tots: Family

Where: Maritime Museum of British Columbia, 634 Humbolt Street
When: Saturday Feb. 16, 11am - Noon
Cost: Free with admission (Adults $10, Children under 12 free)
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!

Vancouver Island Junior Improv Finals

Where: Esquimalt High School, 847 Colville Rd.
When: Saturday Feb. 16, Noon - 2:30pm
Cost: Adults $12, Students $10
Website: EventBrite.ca

Come see the future of Canadian Improv! The Junior Tournament gives our youngest stars a chance to shine. The top teams from our preliminary rounds will play once more to see who is the best of the best! Tickets online or at the door.

Inner Harbour Walking Tour

Where: Maritime Museum of British Columbia, 634 Humbolt Street
When: Saturday Feb. 16, 1 - 2pm
Cost: Adults $15, Seniors/Students $12, Youth $8, Children Under 12 Free
Website: Maritime Museum of BC

Join us as we explore Victoria’s Inner Harbour and discover more about BC’s maritime heritage and culture! The tour starts at the Maritime Museum of BC and go around the Inner Harbour, up Wharf St., through Bastion Square, down Government Street, and back to the Museum. It runs for about an hour and includes admission to the museum.

Sea Glass Jewelry Workshop

Where: Maritime Museum of British Columbia, 634 Humbolt Street
When: Saturday Feb. 16, 2:30 - 4pm & Sunday Feb. 17, 11am - 12:30pm
Cost: $19.99 (includes admission to museum) (10% discount for members)
Website: Maritime Museum of BC

Our popular workshop is back! Spruce up your wardrobe this winter 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 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). This workshop is limited to a maximum of 10 participants each.

Family Day Weekend in Sidney — Winter Olympics

Where: Greenglade Community Centre, 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney
When: Saturday Feb. 16, 6 - 8pm
Cost: $3.50
Website: Panorama Recreation

Grades 6-9. We're bringing some winter Olympics-inspired fun to Teen Lounge!! Cross country skiing, skeleton, curling and more. Form a team and let the games begin.

Family Day Weekend in Sidney — 6-foot LEGO Build & Interactive LEGO Mosaic Build

Where: Sidney Museum, 2423 Beacon Ave., Sidney
When: Sunday Feb. 17 & Monday Feb. 18, 10am - 4pm
Cost: By donation
Website: Sidney By The Sea

Join Canada’s only professional LEGO builder, Robin Sather, for two full days of LEGO fun. He will interact with kids and adults alike, answering questions, explaining the dynamic process of planning and building a giant LEGO creation. This giant model will feature the 1900’s “Cordwood Express” from the V&S Railway. Help build a massive LEGO mosaic sponsored by Peninsula Co-Op. Participants will each build a small section to contribute to the much larger colourful creation.

Family Day Weekend in Sidney — VicLug LEGO Display

Where: Sidney Pier Hotel, 9805 Seaport Pl., Sidney
When: Sunday Feb. 17 & Monday Feb. 18, 10am - 4pm
Cost: By donation
Website: Sidney By The Sea

Join the Victoria LEGO Users Group for two full days of LEGO fun. Explore a huge LEGO build and chat with the VicLug team about everything LEGO!

Family Day Weekend in Sidney — Max & Ruby

Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney
When: Sunday Feb. 17, 11am, 1:30pm & 4pm
Cost: Adults $20, Children (2-12) $14, Children 1 and under free
Website: Mary Winspear Centre

Celebrate the universal nature of sibling relationships in Max & Ruby’s Musical Playdate. Max & Ruby never quite want the same thing and their plans always collide – with hilarious results. Featuring upbeat and original songs, this Playdate is sure to have the whole audience singing and hopping along! 45 min Shows with Meet & Greet.

Family Day Weekend in Sidney — The Backyardigans

Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney
When: Monday Feb. 18, 11am, 1:30pm & 4pm
Cost: Adults $20, Children (2-12) $14, Children 1 and under free
Website: Mary Winspear Centre

The Backyardigans, an animated series from Nickelodeon and Nelvana, introduces kids to their five new pals: quick-moving penguin Pablo; mellow moose Tyrone; thrill-seeking, purple-spotted creature Uniqua; lady-like hippo Tasha; and Austin, the new kangaroo on the block. For the Backyardigans gang, daily backyard play dates bring fantasy to life. Each musical adventure encourages kids to develop their imaginations and express themselves creatively as they sing and dance along with the gang. 45 min Shows with Meet & Greet.

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