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Educational Family Outings in the Lower Mainland

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Looking for a family outing in the Lower Mainland that is both fun and educational? Try a historical theme. History isn’t just boring textbook fodder; there are lots of places in Vancouver and surrounding area that bring history to life for families, so you can learn more about the past to better understand the present and the future. Here are our best picks:

Museum of Anthropology at UBC

The Museum of Anthropology at UBC has many ways to learn about world (and local) history. Current special exhibits celebrate Salish Weaving (until April 15), the Amazon (until February 18) and Northwest Coast Art (until June 2019). With lots of interesting artifacts to explore, some as immersive experiences including music and even hammocks to rest in, there is so much to learn and see. Most impressive is their collection of indigenous art with an enormous amount of art and culture to take in.

Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver has interactive exhibits that consider the whole family. Their City on the Edge exhibit lets kids simulate spray painting and even write on replicas of the art gallery stairs with sidewalk chalk. They periodically host family-focused events. This museum comes alive with multimedia exhibits that blend artifacts of the past with technology of today.

BC Sports Hall of Fame

Do your kids like sports? Check out the BC Sports Hall of Fame. There are exhibits that cover the 2010 Olympics, Terry Fox’s legacy, women in sports, BC sports heroes, Aboriginal sports, Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion tour, interactive games, a viewing window to BC Place, local professional sports teams and Greg Moore’s fast paced career. It’s a great way to get moving and get learning together.

Vancouver Police Museum

The Vancouver Police Museum is sure to appeal to kids who enjoy playing cops and robbers. There are stations where you can play educational video games, reproduced crime scenes and even an area where kids can pretend to be police sketch artists. There are lots of true crime artifacts and opportunities to learn about policing through the ages.

Vancouver Maritime Museum

Feeling like sailing away to educational experiences? Look no further than the Vancouver Maritime Museum which hosts the Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre. It’s a way to interact with replicas of a tugboat bridge and the upper deck of the Discovery, Captain George Vancouver’s ship. All hands on deck for fun here.

Fort Langley Historical Site

If you want to venture a little further afield, check out Fort Langley Historical Site with its costumed interpreters, live demonstrations and scavenger hunts. You can pan for gold, join guided tours, and even get the opportunity to sleep over. Your girl guide can even earn her heritage badge, too. Re-enact the early days of an original fort and experience history relived.

Whatever you choose, you’re sure to learn a lot in the Lower Mainland’s finest museums. Enjoy the present by learning from the past as a family today.

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