March straight into spring with the Royal BC Museum

Royal BC MuseumVICTORIA, BC–This March, venture outdoors for mammoth walks and outdoor photography. Learn more about ecosystems around you with programs on native and invasive species and the plants of Northern BC. Get an insider’s look at research taking place at the Royal BC Museum, which is helping us better understand the nature and history of this province.

Enjoy the fresh spring air at Island View Beach on our Fieldtrippers: Mammoth Walk on Saturday, March 3. From 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm join curator of archaeology Grant Keddie for a look at a local place where mammoth remains and other Ice Age discoveries have been made. Boots or old shoes are a must. Inaccessible for wheelchairs and walkers. Ages five and up. Approximately a two kilometre walk. Bring water and snacks. By donation.

The theme of our weekly family event for the month of March is Wonder Sunday: Animals of Nature. Join us from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (March 4, 11, 18, 25) to learn which animals are native to Vancouver Island and which came from somewhere else. Discover what you can do to protect the environment from the unintended consequences of introducing an invasive species.

Unearth mysteries in plant distribution, see rare plants, find out what a pseudoflower is and discover the power of DNA markers at curator of botany Dr. Ken Marr’s Live at Lunch talk on New Plant Discoveries from the Northern BC Alpine. Admission to this event is by donation. It takes place in Newcombe Conference Hall on Wednesday, March 7 from noon to 1:00 pm.

 In addition to our world-class exhibitions, publications and programs did you also know that we also produce original research? We invite you to drop in on Research Day for a single presentation, a session or the full day. Learn about the fascinating studies taking place across our organization in 2018 and the new knowledge that our collections have generated.

Research Day takes place in Newcombe Conference Hall on Thursday, March 15 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; session one, Biodiversity Past to Present, is from 10:15 am to 11:45 am; session two, BC Journeys: Cultural and Economic Perspectives in BC History, from1:00 pm to 2:00 pm; and session three, Indigenous Heritage and Reconciliation, is from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Can’t make it in person? Tune into our Facebook page where we will be live streaming each session.

Are you an animal lover? Come to Stories at Helmcken House, our monthly storytelling series, to hear folktales, myths, legends and personal stories of animals of nature. This event is on Saturday, March 17 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Admission is by donation.

Looking for the perfect spring break activity for your aspiring shutterbugs? Sign them up for Spring Break Camp at the Royal BC Museum where they can develop their skills in this photography-themed week. Spring Break Camps run March 19 to March 23, 2018 and March 26 to March 30, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (before and after camp care is available from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm). Spring Break Camp is $280 per person; 10 per cent discount for members.

 Don’t worry: kids don’t get all the fun. We’ve also got a Photo Camp for Adults so you can unleash your inner wildlife photographer. Learn from Shane Lighter, Royal BC Museum staff photographer and Sam Rose Phillips, professional wildlife photographer. This day-long workshop is suitable for beginners to advanced intermediates. You will spend time in the classroom and in the field, so dress appropriately and bring your camera. The workshop takes place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 24. Tickets are $45 per person; 10 per cent discount for members. Please note that lunch is not included.

For more information about any of these events, visit our online calendar at royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/calendar.

Downtown Trick or Treating

Bring the kids to Trick or Treat at participating downtown businesses on Oct 30 & 31 from 3:30-6pm and do the Pumpkin Pursuit too for your chance to win!

Visit downtownvictoria.ca for a list of participating businesses

 

Pumpkin Pursuit

From Oct 29-31, pick up your map from any participating business & go find your favourite pumpkin

From Oct 29-31, pick up your map from any participating business & go find your favourite pumpkin. Vote for your favourite pumpkin and you could win an awesome Downtown Victoria prize pack. And, don’t forget to bring the little ones down for Trick or Treating on Oct 30 & 31.

Visit downtownvictoria.ca for a list of participating businesses and for an online map.

 

Family Sundays at AGGV

We are excited to partner with the Sierra Club of BC and World Fisheries Trust for the first Family Sunday of the season! Who knows? You might leave the Gallery an environmental activist!

Family Sundays
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Oct 15 2-4pm | Environmental Adventures | Inspired by Water Work Space Exhibition

We are excited to partner with the Sierra Club of BC  and World Fisheries Trust for the first Family Sunday of the season! Who knows? You might leave the Gallery an environmental activist!

Enjoy a fun-filled family afternoon of exploring hands-on art-making and ideas connected to current exhibitions and programming! Join us for cool activities for all ages which take place throughout the Gallery, including the gardens in warmer months. This recurring program often features special guests like storytellers, artists, performers or musicians – every third Sunday of the month (Oct – June from 2 – 4pm)!

Program is included with admission *OR* purchase a family membership for only $75 and receive unlimited Gallery admission, Family Sundays and discounts!

 

Pumpkinfest at Galey Farms

Pumpkinfest is a great time for the whole family! Featuring live entertainment, face painting, kids games, hay rides, u-pick pumpkins, train rides, corn maze, playground, petting farm, children’s haunted house, fantastic seasonal displays and this year our new Cow Train!

Pumpkinfest is a great time for the whole family! Featuring live entertainment, face painting, kids games, hay rides, u-pick pumpkins, train rides, corn maze, playground, petting farm, children’s haunted house, fantastic seasonal displays and this year our new Cow Train!

This annual event is running October weekends 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th, 22nd & 23rd, and 29th & 30th from 10 am to 4 pm.

Cost is $12 per adult $8 per child for one Train Ride ticket or one Corn Maze ticket. With your purchase of first ticket, second ticket at $5 (+taxes). Family Combo Pass (2 adults, 2 children) for $48 includes Corn Maze and Train Ride. Petting Farm is complimentary only with the purchase of first ticket or separately $2 per person.

All prices plus taxes.

Don’t forget to bring your camera!

 

Pumpkinfest returns to Galey Farms

Pumpkinfest is a great time for the whole family! Featuring live entertainment, face painting, kids games, hay rides, u-pick pumpkins, train rides, corn maze, playground, petting farm, children’s haunted house, fantastic seasonal displays and this year our new Cow Train!

This annual event is running October weekends 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th, 22nd & 23rd, and 29th & 30th from 10 am to 4 pm.

Cost is $12 per adult $8 per child for one Train Ride ticket or one Corn Maze ticket. With your purchase of first ticket, second ticket at $5 (+taxes). Family Combo Pass (2 adults, 2 children) for $48 includes Corn Maze and Train Ride. Petting Farm is complimentary only with the purchase of first ticket or separately $2 per person.

All prices plus taxes.

Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Vancouver Island Baby Fair

We are proud to bring the 11th annual Vancouver Island Baby Fair back to Victoria Sept. 30 & Oct 1, 2017.

We are proud to bring the 11th annual Vancouver Island Baby Fair back to Victoria Sept. 30 & Oct 1, 2017.

Baby Races! – At 11:30 am and 2:30 pm each day, don’t miss seeing the cutest feature of the Baby Fair – Baby Races! Little crawlers from 5-11 months old will race in a series of heats, leading to one final championship race. If your little one is still crawling, sign up at the main stage 15 minutes prior.

Vancouver Island Baby Fair Photo Contest – Here’s your chance to really brag! Show off your pride and joy in the Vancouver Island Baby Fair Photo Contest and support a great cause. Find out more

Everyone loves fabulous prizes… Don’t miss our Vancouver Island Baby Fair door prizes! Fill out your show ballot for one of two Grand Prizes consisting of gifts from some of our amazing exhibitors. There are also great prizes at the Photo Contest and Baby Races, and lots of our exhibitors will have prize draws right in their booth too!

Go shopping! Discover all the latest hip, fun and “make life easier” products, clothes and accessories. Babies, toddlers, mom, dad, grandparents… There’s something for everyone. Vancouver Island Baby Fair is your Mommy and Daddy shopping adventure.

Need Info? Take a stroll along aisles of resources and informative booths. Talk to industry professionals for great info on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, fitness, education, health, diapering and much more.

Fun on stage! Don’t miss out on the great line-up of Main Stage speakers and Entertainers! No where else can you find so many excellent industry professionals and amazing kids entertainment all in one place!

Fun for the kids! Our Kids Corner is a fun and educational space to let your little ones burn off some steam.

All the conveniences you need! Gotta change your babe’s bum? Hit the baby change area for a fresh one. Baby hungry? There are comfortable pit-stops around the Vancouver Island Baby Fair to nurse & feed your little bundle, or pop in to the more private “Baby Bistro” baby feeding space. The fair also features a cafe with affordable choices for kids and grown-ups too.

The Vancouver island Baby Fair is hosting a free car seat clinic by appointment with Vancouver Island Car Seat Technicians. Come and have your car seat or booster seat checked, just outside Pearkes Arena by a certified car seat technician. Reserve your spot!

Need a place to rest your feet and charge your phones while visiting the Vancouver Island Baby Fair? Relax and recharge in the Used.ca Mamas and Mobiles Lounge.

 

Moon Festival Lantern Celebration

Experience the magic of Moon Festival Lantern Celebration at Gordon Head Recreation Centre and Lambrick Park! Moon Festival is a free, family friendly event that welcomes people of all ages and cultures to share in an uplifting creative cultural celebration.

The evening features live traditional Asian dance and musical performances by community groups; lantern making for children and a sampling of mooncakes and traditional green teas. The event culminates with outdoor lantern installations, an illuminated community lantern procession through the park followed by an outdoor musical performance.

Prizes for Best Lanterns
You are invited to create and bring a battery-powered portable lantern to be part of our illuminated community lantern event.  This year, as part of the special Canada 150 and Culture Days celebrations, Saanich Parks and Recreation will be offering three (3) prizes of $150 to lanterns created by community members – either individuals or community groups.  For more details visit the Saanich Parks & Recreation Facebook page
SCHEDULE:
  • 5:00-7:00pm ~ Lantern-making workshops: (Materials & light included – $3 fee per lantern)
  • 5:30-7:15pm ~ Musical performances & mooncakes and tea sampling
  • Dusk (approx. 7:25pm) ~ Illuminated community lantern procession and lantern viewing
  • 8:00-8:30pm ~ Illuminated finale performance
  • 8:30pm ~ event ends
Marking the “Harvest Moon” is a cultural practice celebrated by many Asian cultures around the world. Moon Festival Lantern Celebration fosters understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity by sharing Asian cultural traditions in music, arts, dance and performance, as well as offering hands-on opportunities for everyone to participate.
Dress up, bring your own creative lantern (battery-lit) or make one in our lantern making station! ($3/lantern). Food trucks will be on site.

Brought to you by Saanich Parks and Recreation in partnership with Lambrick Park Secondary School, School District 61.

Saanich Fair

Come and join us for what will be an amazing show. Canadian Rock Icon KIM MITCHELL will be performing at the Saanich Fair. Opening for Kim is local Blues God Jason Buie. Jason’s show starts at 7pm followed by Kim @ 8:30.

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Come and join us for what will be an amazing show. Canadian Rock Icon KIM MITCHELL will be performing at the Saanich Fair Sunday night. Opening for Kim is local Blues God Jason Buie. Jason’s show starts at 7pm followed by Kim @ 8:30.

As always our concerts are free of charge with paid admission to the Saanich Fair.

Make sure to share this and hope to see you and all your friends here for an amazing time!

Midway Ride all day Wrist BandsSaturday September 2nd 10am-10pmSunday September 3rd 10am-10pmMonday September 4th10am-6pm
Adult, Youth, Children, Senior$40$40$35
Please note: GST included in all prices
 Admission at the Gate:Saturday September 2nd 8am-9pmSunday September 3rd 8am-9pmMonday September 4 th8am-6pm
Adult$13$13$12
Youth (7-13)$8$8$7
Senior 65+$8$8$7
Children (6 and under)FreeFreeFree

Ribfest Schedule is out. Music, Ribs, mmmm #yyjevents @EsqRibFest

The Esquimalt Ribfest is about family, community, volunteers, kids, participation, and fun!

Come for a weekend of ribs, amazing local entertainment, delicious local craft beer and cider. Free kid’s activities, local vendors, all for guaranteed Family Fun.

All funds raised are returned to the community through the Esquimalt Firefighters Charitable Foundation and the Esquimalt Ribfest Society. The proceeds go to local charities and school sponsored activities.

Here’s the line-up for this years:

Friday, September 8th

4p Scenes from Everyday Land
5p Rock Steady
6p Big Smoke

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