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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2011

2011 Spring Break Activities and Events

March in Vancouver means Cherry Blossoms, the arrival of a new season and of course, Spring Break! Kids across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of events and activities. Indoors and out, there are a wide range of attractions to visit which will be hosting special events including the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Burnaby Village, Fort Langley National Historic Site and many more! Ranging from scavenger hunts to educational experiences, there is no shortage of fun things to do with the whole family for Spring Break 2011!

Celebrate Spring at Spring Break events across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland!VANCOUVER
EXPLORE THE NEW AMAZON | March 19 - April 3, 2011 | 9:30am - 6:00pm | Vancouver Aquarium: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver (map) | Free - $21 | Step into the Amazon with new creatures (such as Goeldi's Monkey), butterflies and a variety of daily shows to teach visitors about the Aquarium's many residents! | Website
WACKY WEATHER & NATURAL DISASTERS | March 19 - April 3, 2011 | Mon-Fri: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sat-Sun: 10:00am - 6:00pm | Science World: 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver (map) | $14.75 - $19.75 | Learn about weather and natural disasters through earthquake and tsunami activities, take a photo while blasted by gusts of wind, make a craft, pretend to broadcast the weather and even meet a meteorologist! | Website
SPRING BREAK AT THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY | March 19 - April 2, 2011 | 10:00am - 5:00pm (Tues: 10:00am - 9:00pm) | Vancouver Art Gallery: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver (map) | $13.50 - $19.50 (Children Under 12: Free) | Explore the gallery with an Art Agent and take part in hands-on workshops for kids during Spring Break! | Website
SPRING BREAK: FORENSICS FOR KIDS | March 21 - April 1, 2011 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm | Vancouver Police Museum: 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver (map) | $1 - $10 + Museum Admission (book workshop) | Take part in Forensic Workshops or Drop-in programs with hands-on activities such as fingerprints, impression evidence, ballistics and blood splatter! Explore the science behind police work! | Website
SPRING BREAK AT GRANVILLE ISLAND | March 19 - April 3, 2011 | 11:00am - 4:00pm | The Kids Market: Anderson Street at Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver (map) | Free - $3 | Explore the Market and Get Crafty with Potato Arts & Crafts (11:00am - 3:00pm); Spring break means many events and activities throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland!make Ceramics and Sand Art (Mon-Fri: 11:00am - 4:00pm) and have your Face Painted by Beebop and Captain Bubbles! | Website
SPRING BREAK THEATRE FESTIVAL | March 22 - 27 | Dates & Times (link) | Granville Island: Improv Centre (map); Waterfront Theatre (map) | $11 - $29 | Take in a show such as Instant Improv, the Big Sneeze 500 Words and Munscha Mia! | Website
SPRING BREAK AT THE BEATY BIODIVERSITY MUSEUM | March 19 - April 3, 2011 | 11:00am - 5:00pm | Beaty Biodiversity Museum: 2212 Main Mall, UBC, Vancouver (map) | $8 - $12 | Children can visit the Beaty Biodiversity Museum to take part in hands-on activities and scavenger hunts throughout spring break! | Facebook | Website
CHERRY JAM DOWNTOWN | March 31, 2011 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm | Burrard Skytrain Station: Burrard Street at Melville Street, Vancouver (map) | Free | Enjoy a concert under the canopy of Cherry Blossoms with the sound of guitars, sitars, taiko drums, accordions and keyboards as well as dancing and singing! | Website
SAKURA DAYS JAPAN FAIR | April 2 - 3, 2011 | 10:00am - 5:00pm | VanDusen Botanical Gardens: 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver (map) | $3 - $8 (advance tickets at VanDusen Garden) | Experience a Cherry Blossom Festival with tea ceremonies, food, origami, flower arranging, sake tastings, cherry blossom viewing, poetry, cultural performances of geisha dances, taiko drumming, Cherry Blossom Dances, music, kimonos and more! | Website

NORTH VANCOUVER
WILDLIFE WEEK AT THE LYNN CANYON ECOLOGY CENTRE | March 20 - 25, 2011 | Times Vary (schedule) | Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre: 3663 Park Road, North Vancouver (map) | Spring break means many events and activities throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland!Suggested Donation: $2/person | Experience the natural world with reptile and birds of prey demonstrations, a black light puppet show, history and arctic presentations, solar system fun and explore the exhibits at the Centre! | Website

RICHMOND
SPRING BREAK AT THE RICHMOND NATURE CENTRE | March 22 - 25; 29 - 31, 2-11 | 9:30am - 12:00pm | Richmond Nature Park: 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond (map) | $18 | Become a Nature Detective or immerse yourself in Sticky Science at the Richmond Nature Centre during Spring Break! | Website

BURNABY
THE VILLAGE SCAVENGER HUNT: BEARS & BARE FACTS | March 21 -27, 2011 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm | Burnaby Village Museum: 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby (map) | $6.50 | Hunt through the Village for clues and then check your answers with the general store clerk, have an ice cream, make a craft and take a ride on the antique carousel! | Website

NEW WESTMINSTER
THE MYSTERY OF CHIPPER STREAM | March 26, 2011 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Fraser River Discovery Centre: 788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map) | Someone has polluted Chipper Stream! Join your friends to solve the mystery and learn how to make a difference in your community! | Website
Celebrate Spring Break in Vancouver, British Columbia with many events happening between March 19 - April 3, 2011!CAN YOU DIG IT? | April 2, 2011 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Fraser River Discovery Centre: 788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map) | Become an archaeologist and decode the buried clues to learn about the past and search for hidden treasure! | Website

SURREY
KIDS' SPRING FLING | March 25, 2011 | 10:00am - 2:00pm | Surrey Nature Centre: 14255 - 96th Avenue, Surrey (map) | Free | Enjoy a day exploring the outdoors with crafts, activities games and more! Search for bugs, spot birds, and celebrate Spring in Surrey! | Website
SPRING BREAK FAMILY PLAYCAMP | March 22-25 & March 29 - April 1, 2011 | 10:30am - 2:30pm | Surrey Museum: 7710-56A Avenue, Surrey (map) | By Donation | Dig through a trunk of costumes, props and artifacts with costumes from early stage theatre! Learn about the history of theatre and put on plays, create masks, puppets and more! | Website

LANGLEY
GOLD FEVER AT FORT LANGLEY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE | March 19 - 27, 2011 | 10:00am - 5:00pm [Cooking Demonstrations: March 19, 20, 26 & 27: 10:30am & 2:00pm] | Fort Langley National Historic Site: 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley (map) | $3.90 - $7.80 [Cooking Demonstrations: $5] | Go back in time to 1958 to join the Gold Rush! Become a prospector, get a gold license, pan for gold and enjoy a hearty lunch! | Website

SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY
Enjoy Spring Break Arts and Crafts across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland!SPRING BREAK AT BRITANNIA MINE MUSEUM | March 19 - April 3, 2011 | 9:00am - 4:30pm (tours: 11:00am - 2:00pm) | Britannia Mine Museum: 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach (map) | Free - $21.50 | Visit the newly renovated Britannia Mine Museum along British Columbia's Sea to Sky Highway to explore its exhibits, learn about the Province's mining history, go on a special tour and take part in theme days including Minerals Rock Days, Social History Days and Rhymin' Minin' Poetry Days! | Website

OTHER SPRING BREAK FAVOURITES:
GEORGE C. RIEFEL MIGRATORY BIRD SANCTUARY | 9:00am - 4:00pm | On Westham Island, follow River Road until the parking lot, Delta (map) | $3 - $5 (Bird Seed: $1) | See birds migrating through this vast bird sanctuary throughout the Spring as well as its year-round residents! Be sure to bring binoculars and a bird book! | Website
BLOEDEL FLORAL CONSERVATORY | 10:00am - 5:00pm | Off 33rd Avenue at Midlothian Avenue, Vancouver (map) | Free - $5 | The Bloedel Floral Conservatory is a tropical paradise with dozens of birds and varieties of flowers - perfect rain or shine! | Website
MAPLEWOOD FARM | 10:00am - 4:00pm | 405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver (map) | Free - $7 | Visit MapleWood Farm and meet its many animals! See the new additions, pet the goats and visit all your farm favourites! | Website

Follow us on Twitter @VancouverLocal for activities and events. Please contact us if you know of any Spring Break events to add to our list.






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