Special events

Events for Kids Under $5: April 8 – 14

Artists in Our Midst – A Family-Friendly Art Show (Roundhouse)

Portrait of a Boy by Louise Weir - One of many art pieces on display this weekend

Portrait of a Boy by Louise Weir – One of many art pieces on display this weekend

When: Thursday, April 11, 10:00am – 9:30pm (Art Show) and Saturday/Sunday April 13/14, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (Open Studio Tours)

Where: Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver (at Davie & Pacific) (map)

What: Dedicated to promoting art education and appreciation, Artists in our Midst is an annual free event. If you’ve balked at paying to take your kiddie into Art Gallery, this is a chance to see some beautiful art without the cost or needing to stay all day to get your money’s worth. It’s touted as family-friendly, and would be a great opportunity for the more articulate kids to actually meet the artists and ask a few questions. Thursday is the opening exhibition and sale (reception on from 7:00 – 9:30 pm). Saturday and Sundays are Open Studio Tour days, which means you can browse the artwork in the artists studios and talk to the artists themselves.

World Umbrella Dance – Free Performance Downtown

World Umbrella Dancers

World Umbrella Dancers

When: Saturday, April 13, 12:45pm – 3:30pm

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, Vancouver, (map)

What: If you missed Cherry Jam last week you can still catch an Umbrella Dance for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. This free public performance will feature the PoP-Art Umbrellas dancing to Shiamak’s new “Shabop” release with live taiko by Tetsu Taiko and guest performances by Metro Vancouver dance studios. The same dance will be performed several times over the time period, so you have a good chance to see it if you walk by and hang out for a bit in front of the Art Gallery. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and the Umbrellas won’t actually be in use.

Hastings Community Association 75th Anniversary Celebration

The front entrance of Hastings Centre in full spring glory!

The front entrance of Hastings Centre in full spring glory!

When: Saturday, April 13, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Hastings Community Centre, 3096 E. Hastings St., Vancouver (map)

What: Hastings Community Centre is celebrating their 75th year, and you can celebrate with them with free coffee, tea and cake. There will be a tour of the centre, program demos, a food tent and the chance to win prizes. Child-minding will also be available, which is a great bonus if you want to check out the a program on your own. If you live in the area (Renfrew and Hastings), it’s worth it to drop by, see what the centre has to offer and meet your neighbours. Check out page 1 of their Spring-Summer Guide for more information.

Tree Talks and Walks at UBC

A whole street of blossoms on UBC's Lower Mall

A whole street of blossoms on UBC’s Lower Mall

When: Saturday, April 13, 10:00am – 11:30am

Where: UBC (meet outside Fraser Parkade by the Asian Centre, just east of the Nitobe Memorial Garden at 6440 Memorial Rd.) (map)

What: As part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, you can learn a little more about the trees you encounter every day in the city. This free, “Tree Walk and Talk” will be presented by Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections at the UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research. Although I haven’t had a chance to take in the Tree Walk last week, I got a friendly email from the organizers saying that tots were more than welcome when I inquired about whether they were kid-friendly. There are lots of other tree walks coming up… check out the Tree Walk and Talk Schedule here.

Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair at UBC

proj033When: Saturday, April 13, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (view projects from 9 am – Noon)
Where: Student Union Building, UBC, Vancouver (map)
What: I know that this event is really for kids over 5, but what kind of a former Science teacher would I be if I didn’t at least mention the Science Fair finals? I love it when kids get the chance to talk to other kids about things they’ve learned. Teaching your kid how cool Science is can start at any age and it gives the ones doing the projects a real sense of pride to talk about their work. It could inspire your kid to do a project of their own or ask some really great questions about the way the world works. You can view the science fair projects from students from grades 7 – 12 for free from 9:00am – Noon in the Student Union Building. From 12:30 onwards are awards presentations for the winners. More information on the Science Fair available here. If you combine checking out a few Science projects with the Tree Walk and Talk listed above, you’ve got an education-packed morning all set!

A little further afield…

Celebrate Spring and Japanese Culture at a free Festival (Burnaby)

Try on a kimono and learn about Japanese culture

Try on a kimono and learn about Japanese culture

When: Saturday, April 13, 11:30am – 4:00pm

Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre , 6688 Southoaks Cres., Burnaby (map)

What: This free family-centred festival isn’t just about the cherry blossoms, it celebrates all things Japanese too. There will be lots for kids to do including the chance to dress-up in a kimono, make a cherry-blossom mini mobile, playing with traditional Japanese toys, a scavenger hunt, face painting and more. Older kids can participate in a tea ceremony and write haikus. Japanese tea and sweets will be on sale on-site. Check out the performance schedule below for acts on the main stage and check out the Celebrate Spring 2013 site for more information.

Performance Schedule:
11:30 am First Nations Blessing
12:00 pm Sansho Daiko
12:30 pm Korean Percussion ensemble by Van NamSaDang
1:00 pm Japanese Choir by Sakura Singers
1:30 pm Korean Choir by Vancouver women’s Choir
2:00 pm Japanese Dance by Satsuki-kai
2:30 pm Yosakoi dance by Van City Soran
3:00 pm Korean drums by Cheondoong Performing Arts Society
3:30 pm Okinawa dance and drumming by Vancouver Okinawa Taiko

The “Amazing Family Race” Games / Bobs & Lolo Concert (North Van)

Bobs & Lolo perform at 12:30 and 2:00 pm

Bobs & Lolo perform at 12:30 and 2:00 pm

When: Saturday, April 13, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Bobs & Lolo perform at 12:30 and 2:00 pm)

Where: Capilano Mall, 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver (map)

What: In a parody of “The Amazing Race”, this family-centred version includes games and activities set up around the mall including: the Hole in One game, Diaper Bag game, Laundry Folding game, Baby Food Blind Taste Test game, the ‘Name that TV Character!’ game, plus more. Families can pick up a “passport” from the Lotto Centre at Capilano Mall any time before the event, then come to the mall and complete the games to earn stamps to fill the passport. Your completed passport can be entered to win free house cleaning services for a year. While I’m not usually a fan of events that necessitate me spending time in shopping malls, I’d certainly be happy with the grand prize. Vancouver’s own Bobs & Lolo will be giving two free shows at 12:30 and 2:00 pm, which is reason enough to go on it’s own. There will also be face painting & arts & crafts with the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, airings of “Kids say the Darndest Things” live segments, and Tina Barkley, Western Editor for Today’s Parent, will be a guest speaker. Check out more information on the Amazing Family Race here.

Start with Art – An Art Sale for Kids (North Van)

swa_2013When: On from Wednesday April 10 – May 4  (Meet and Greet with the Artists: Tuesday, April 9, 6:00 – 8:00pm)

Where: Seymour Art Gallery, 4360 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver (map)

What: This Art Show is just for kids. The art is displayed at “kids eye-view”, kids get to meet local artists and ask advice, and artwork is only available for purchase by kids 16 and younger (it is priced in a “kid friendly range” apparently). The aim is to help kids cultivate a love of art and inspire them to make art of their own. Admission is by donation. Kids can meet the artists and enjoy popcorn and candy on Tuesday, April 9, 6:00 –8:00 pm. Find more information about Start with Art on the Seymour Art Gallery Calendar here.

Continuing this week…

Bring Your Own Baby Book Clubbooks-and-babies-248x300

When: Tuesday April 9, 10:30am – 12:00 noon

Where: Children’s Library (down the steps in the Central Library), 350 West Georgia Street (map). The meeting is in the Harvey Southam Room.

What: Monita and I have been part of this awesome book club since it began last September. Moms with kids under two are invited to discuss a book (for adults, provided by the library) in a baby-friendly setting. Although this is the last “official” book club meet that the library is hosting, another Mom and I have decided to lead the book club ourselves so that it can continue. Please join us! This Tuesday we’ll be deciding on next months’ book and setting up how we’d like to have the club progress. For now, our venue will continue to be the Central Library.

Baker’s Market

bakersmarket cookiesWhen: Saturday, April 13, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (continues on Saturdays until May 4)

Where: Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert St., Vancouver, BC (map)

What: If you’re looking for a sweet treat to accompany lunch or need a fun event for a budding foodie, you can find breads, cakes, cookies, gluten-free French macaroons, muffins, scones, pies, tarts, chocolates, cupcakes, granola, vegan and ethnic baked goods and more at the Baker’s Market. More info available on vendors and the event here.

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

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