The Nanaimo Museum’s fall feature exhibit, Kids Celebrate!, invites children ages 5 to 12 to learn about the many celebrations that are practiced in their own communities — be it India’s Diwali, the Chinese New Year, the Jewish celebration Hanukkah, Toonik Tyme in Iqaluit or Canada Day.
Kids Celebrate! is on loan from the Canadian Museum of History, and Nanaimo is its only Western Canadian stop for the next few years.
The exhibition features four zones, each evoking a different season, family or community setting, and includes plenty of hands-on activities. Children can learn more about the many celebrations that Canadians enjoy throughout the year – from food, music, decorations and games, to the values of giving, sharing and hope for the future.
Special Kids Celebrate! Saturdays will focus on specific celebrations and traditions. Admission on Kids Celebrate! Saturdays is by donation, and all activities are available from 11am – 3pm.
- September 29: Culture Days with a Sounds of Celebration theme. Fill the gallery with noise using DIY instruments and an On Beat Bingo game.
- October 27: Annual Haunted Coal mine and spooky selfie station.
- November 10: Fifth day of Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. Try your hand at creating colourful rangoli-inspired chalk art.
See Kids Celebrate! at the Nanaimo Museum from September 12 to November 24, 2018. The Nanaimo Museum is open 10am-5pm, Monday to Saturday.
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