Special events

Events for kids for under $5: Jan 21 – 27 (updated!)

Family Art Fun at Roundhouse Community Centre (ages 2 – 8), only $2

child-paint-messyWhen: Monday, Jan 21, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: Roundhouse Community Centre at 181 Roundhouse Mews (map), near Yaletown Skytrain

What: Most art programs for kids are expensive and the Roundhouse Community Centre is no exception… unless you attend the Make it Mondays! drop-in program. Families and kids aged 2 – 8 are invited to experiment and create art together as a family. They offer different fun activities to inspire you and give you the opportunity to create something outside of the box of crayons. All they ask is a $2 donation to cover costs. Head to Room A at the Roundhouse and bring an open mind. (Make it Mondays! is also running on Feb 18 and March 18 if you miss this one!)

Free Drumming Workshop and Performance at ArtStarts

Masabo_008When: Saturday, Jan 26, 11:00 – 11:45 am  and  1:00 – 1:45pm

Where: 808 Richards St., Vancouver (Richards at Robson), ArtStarts Gallery (map)

What: Although Monita is a little young to fully appreciate the quality children’s performers at the free Saturday workshops at ArtStarts, these opportunities make me happy to be a Mom living in Vancouver. The world comes to you! I once had the incredible chance to attending an outdoor drumming party in Dakar, Senegal during my traveling days. It left an indelible memory of being absorbed by a flexible, changing rhythm and awkwardly learning dance steps from a local kid who appreciated my enthusiasm even if my limbs were out of sync. Will my daughter get the same opportunity someday? Who knows? But she can at least hear the rhythms and see the dances of Masabo, a West African performance troupe that also leads workshops in schools both in North America and internationally. Led by master drummer Fana Soro, this is a hands-on workshop and drums will be provided. If you have an older kid or a pre-schooler that would revel in the full body music experience as an observer or participant, show them a little slice of West Africa for free. (Note: Performances for this group are usually $15 for kids, so you’re getting a great deal even if you or your kid can’t handle the beat and duck out early.)

“Light Water Drums: a Winter Lantern Festival in Hastings Park

i-JTTsQfj-LWhen: Saturday, Jan 26, 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Where: Hastings Park, Meet at the corner of Hastings and Renfrew to start the festival at 5:30pm (map)

What: East Vancouver is no stranger to Lantern Festivals, and each time I’ve attended one, the incredible sense of community and creativity has lightened my spirit no matter the weather. When I attended the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival with Monita this past September, her Dad and I took turns carrying her in the baby carrier. Her eyes were wide and she squawked with delight (she was pre-verbal then) as she pointed at all the glowing lanterns. Even though she was under a year at the time, I was glad I gave her the experience. I am willing to bet that Light Water Drums this Saturday will be an equally great way to wow your kids with beautiful homemade displays, live music, fire-spinning and other activities. You can watch a video of what to expect on the entry page to the festival website.

The festival begins with a welcome celebration at the NE corner of Hastings and Renfrew at 5:30pm. This will be followed by a procession through Hastings Park to view the lantern displays accompanied by The Carnival Band, ending with fire-spinning performances by Radiant Heat and many more activities in the Garden Auditorium including face painting, drumming and circus performers from Circus West. Admission to the festival is free! Popcorn and hot chocolate will be for sale at $1 each. The festival takes place rain or shine!

Winter Wander in Vanier Park: music and museums for $5 (kids free)

2012 winter wander headingWhen: Saturday, Jan 26, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Where: Tour the many venues in Vanier Park (map), including:

  • Museum of Vancouver
  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Vancouver Academy of Music
  • City of Vancouver Archives
  • Bard on the Beach

What: Your $5 entry fee includes admission to all the venues above, most of which will have free performances by Vancouver Academy of Music students. It’s a great way to see a bunch of venues at once, particularly when your little ones might only be up for a quick tour of each anyhow. Kids, which includes anyone under 16, are free. Purchase your ticket at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre or Maritime Museum. You’ll also get a passport to collect stamps from all the venues, which can be entered into a draw for prizes. Find more information on the Winter Wander here.
The schedule of events includes:

Time Event Location
10:00am Doors open, purchase admission Space Centre, Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver Maritime Museum
11:00am Christopher Gaze of Bard on the Beach MOV Studio, Museum of Vancouver
12:30pm Music by Vancouver Academy Hubble Gallery, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
1:00pm Music by Vancouver Academy Vancouver Maritime Museum
1:00-2:00pm Drop in Rehearsals Vancouver Academy of Music
2:00-3:00pm Strawberry & Tea Free Concert Vancouver Academy of Music
3:00pm Music by Vancouver Academy Vancouver Maritime Museum
5:00pm Closing

The Language of Rhythm – Free Drumming Performances and Workshops

Where and When: Five community centres will be hosting this event including

  • Killarney Community Centre – Saturday January 26th – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    • 6260 Killarney Street, 604-718-8200
  • Sunset Community Centre – Sunday January 27th – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    • 6810 Main Street, 604-718-6505
  • Trout Lake Community Centre – Sunday January 27th – 2:30 – 3:30 pm
    • 3360 Victoria Drive,604-257-6955
  • Hastings Community Centre – Monday January 28th – 4:40 pm – 5:30 pm
    • 3096 East Hastings Street, 604-718-6222
  • Thunderbird Community Centre – Thursday February 7th – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • 2311 Cassiar Street, 604-713-1818

Dialogues_PublicDreams_307-300x200What: Hosted by Public Dreams, the Language of Rhythm event features some of Vancouver’s best percussionists from diverse cultural drumming styles including South Asian, African, Taiko, Brazilian, Indigenous and more. Each community centre will host a live show by eight musicians working in different traditional styles, including Rup Sidhu, Ostwelve, Paul Bray, Russell Wallace, Hussein Mohammed, Curtis Andrews and Bonnie Soon. Admission is free, and you can drop-in to any session.

In February, workshops will be held at the same community centres during which you can try your hand at making music with the artists and practice for a public performance to be held in March. See the full schedule here. While the workshop is probably best suited to older kids and adults, the performances happening this week are for all ages.

Note: Trout Lake requests that you pre-register for this event. Call the community centre directly for more information. Phone numbers are included in the where/when information above.

Continuing this week…

  • Free PuSh festival events: Visit the Human Library to connect with someone completely new and learn to look past stereotypes. For details and to see how it’s a great way to teach kids read my first post in the series Teach Your Children Well.

Don’t forget about the weekly drop-in programs and see the Calendar for more upcoming events this month.

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