The Playground – Week 28


Welcome to The Playground, a place for Vancouver families. Every Wednesday I post a roundup of upcoming family-friendly events and activities. I’m always on the lookout for fun stuff to do, so if there’s something happening that you think I should know about, contact me.

In The Playground for the week of November 17-23: celebrate 125 years of National Parks in Canada, celebrate Douglas Day and the founding of BC, take in some music, learn about biodiversity and the final MOV Family Food Workshop.

Tonight, at the main branch of the VPL, Parks Canada’s award-winning theatre troupe is presenting IMAGINaNATION!

“If you’ve ever wondered how to say ‘Quttinirpaaq’ this is the show for you! Full of colourful characters, music and laughs, IMAGINaNATION is a treat for all ages.” The show is free, starts at 7PM and is in the Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level.

This Saturday, the Fort Langley National Historic Site is celebrating BC’s 152nd anniversary with Douglas Day.

“Start the day off by signing the giant proclamation at 10am. Then, follow the procession and watch the re-enactment of the Royal Proclamation – complete with black powder salute and the raising of the flag…” The celebration runs from 10AM—5PM, it’s free and there are a variety of events on the schedule.

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Saturday is also the last of the MOV Family Food Workshops:

Seed Saving For Winter: “Don’t waste money buying more seeds next year. Seed saving can seem complicated but with a few basics under your belt, your family can close the circle on your food supply.” 10am-12pm

Edible Gardens for Kids: “Installing your children’s garden means selecting for ease of growth, safety and pleasure. We’ll talk about how to convert grass or a waste area into a place for tasting, tempting butterflies, making teas and sweet smells.” 1pm-3pm

On Sunday, Performance Works on Granville Island is a CD release party for children’s performer Will Stroet. Will is releasing his third album, Walk ‘n’ Roll. Doors open at 2:00PM, the show gets under way at 2:30 and tickets are $10. Partial proceeds will be going to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Call 604-727-4413 to get tickets.

Finally, this Sunday the HSBC VanDusen Family Program is hosting Biodiversity is the Best for families with kids between 5 & 10.

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“With the 2010 Year of Biodiversity coming to a close, now’s the ideal time to explore the interconnectedness of life on earth in a way that is as fun as it is educational.” The first session runs from 10:30AM—12:00 and the second session runs from 1:30PM—3:00. $15 for member families and $25 for non-member families, but pre-registration is required. Call 604-718-5898 or contact them via email.

Here’s the map. See you next week.