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Museums and galleries get creative for Family Day in Thompson-Okanagan

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With Family Day weekend just around the corner, museums and art galleries in the Okanagan and Kamloops are offering both online and in-person educational events.

Family Day is a statutory holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in B.C.

This year’s holiday lands on Monday, Feb. 15.

Central Okanagan

Artifact or Artifiction? : A Family Day Special Event

The Okanagan Heritage Museum is inviting families to unplug and play this Family Day, Feb. 15.

Explore the museum’s collection and discover if the artifacts are fact or fiction.

The event goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and social distancing measures will be in place.

Register online with your bubble through the museum’s website.

Heritage Explorers

The Lake Country Museum & Archives is inviting visitors to be a detective and learn about the history of the district.

This Family Day weekend, the museum has free admission for families to participate at the museum, online or both. The events are open Feb. 13 and 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tours behind the scenes will be provided every 30 minutes.

At 1 p.m. Feb. 15, a live Facebook tour will be presented on the museum’s page. As you learn about Lake Country’s history, clues will be provided so participants to become a master detective when playing online.

Visitors who successfully play the online game will be awarded family take-home activity packs full of colouring pages created from our archival photo collection, crayons and a museum detective button.

COVID-19 safety measures will be in place. More information can be found on the museum's website.

Weather Wall Hangings

The Kelowna Art Gallery is teaching a virtual class to create unique wall sculptures inspired by the weather.

This activity utilizes basic sculpting techniques and air dry clay to create a unique wall hanging.

Free supply kits will be available at the Kelowna Art Gallery starting Feb. 9, while quantities last.

The event takes place Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The activity will be offered in a takeaway supply kit and visitors will be instructed to access the instructions via the gallery’s website and social media channels rather than staying onsite to create their artwork.

Visit the art gallery’s website for more information. 


Heritage Explorers

Join the Kamloops Museum and Archives for a series of virtual programs that explore different cultures through family-friendly stories and crafts.

Craft supply list are available on the museum’s social media channels as of Feb. 10.

A limited number of pre-made craft kits will also be available beginning Feb. 12.

The activity takes place online Feb. 12 at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, visit the museum’s website.

South Okanagan

Historical Scavenger Hunt and Museum Colouring Contest

The Oliver and District Heritage Society has a photo scavenger hunt that will test participants familiarity with the local buildings, and a colouring contest.

Follow the museum on social media to enter for a chance to win a prize.

The event will be held Feb. 13, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information visit the Oliver museum’s website


Gallery 2 Family Day Art Kits

Enjoy making art at home this Family Day with art kits from the Boundary Country’s Public Art Gallery.

Each kit contains the materials you need to create two exhibition-related art projects that are fun for the whole family.

The event takes place Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m online.

For more information, visit the gallery’s website.

Did we miss a Family Day event in your neck of the woods? Add it to the comment section below.

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