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Winter Wander at Vancouver Museums

Bring your family down to Vanier Park for Winter Wander this Saturday, February 8th for a Day of Music, Science, History and Art.

Winter Wander is an event where folk get to visit the Museum of Vancouver, Maritime Museum, H.R. Macmillan Space Centre, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives.

For only $5.00, Winter Wander includes admission to 3 Museums located in Vancouver. Children 5 and under free.

Experience the unique waterfront attractions showcasing art, history, crafts, science and roving performances from Bard on the Beach and the Academy of Music. Plus, enjoy local food vendors, entertainment, and have a chance to win great prizes.

Winter Wander is a great family event, and all three of the main museum attractions are both interesting and educational. You’ll learn about the history of Vancouver, about the universe and space exploration, and about maritime life and history.

At Vancouver Winter Wander, expect lots of people, fair-sized lineups, and an event schedule with a list of entertainment and special activities throughout the day.

Live entertainment doesn’t happen all over the place. There is a set schedule and different things happen at specific times. The museums are open constantly all day. If you want to be entertained by the Bard on the Beach crew, however, you’ll need to check the schedule and be at a certain place at a certain time.

Tips and Advice:

Here are some tips and advice to help you make the most out of your experience at the Vanier Park museums on Winter Wander day.

TIP #1: Go expecting the museums to be insanely crowded, and then hope to be pleasantly surprised. Go expecting small lineups and not too many people, however, and you’ll likely be disappointed.

TIP #2: If you haven’t been to the museums at Vanier Park for a long time, you don’t mind crowds and you have children or guests from out of town, then definitely check out Winter Wander. For just $5, it’s a fabulous deal!

TIP #3: Some venues and museum exhibit areas will be more popular and consequently more crowded than others. If a lineup for something is too long, simply move along to something else. There’s lots to see, so don’t fret if you don’t get to see everything.

TIP #4: The best thing about the HR MacMillan Space Centre is the Planetarium and its shows about the stars and space. Chances are they’ll be busy, so don’t be disappointed if it’s not worth the wait. If you can get in to see a show though, do.

TIP #5: Entertainment at Winter Wander happens at specific times and at certain places over the course of the day. When you arrive, check the schedule and decide what you want to see (including possible shows at the Planetarium). Then, plan your visit accordingly.

TIP #6: Expect to spend between about an hour and all day at the event, but likely all morning or all afternoon. The length of your stay will depend on your level of interest in museums, model ships, history and space, but also on the crowds and the interest level and tolerance of crowds of the people you’re with.

TIP #7: While at Vanier Park, go for a walk and explore. There is a beautiful walking trail all along the waterfront with views of the city. Especially if the museums are crowded, a break for some fresh air can be nice.

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