I don’t know about you, but I need extra motivation to get out in winter. Here’s some real incentive. Saturday, Dec. 3, the six cultural institutions that call Vanier Park (Kitsilano’s biggest park) home will celebrate the public space with a Winter Wander event.
Vanier Park is home to the , , the , , , and – a wide range of cultural experiences within easy walking distance. Perks include reduced rates of $5 for adult entry to all museums, free entry for kids, a glut of food trucks and performances by the talent at Vancouver Academy of Music. You’ll also have the opportunity to win memberships to the three participating museums.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8:15-9:15 a.m. or 9:30-10:30 a.m., head out to Kitsilano Community Center for breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a yummy breakfast of pancakes with berries and whip cream, sausages, juice and coffee. Bring in the spirit of the holidays with your neighbours and take part in a fun-filled morning including singing, crafts and other holiday activities, including a photo with Santa. The Community Center will also open the parent/tot gym, free for all participants, until 1 p.m.
Register early as this event sells out every year! No drop-in registration available. Parents must purchase a seat for themselves – there is no standing room. Cost is only $6/person.
The group meets Thursdays 1-3 p.m. at Point Grey Community Church (3512 W 7th Ave. at Collingwood) and Thursdays 2-3:30pm at St. Marks’s Anglican and Trinity United Church (1805 Larch Street at W 2nd Ave.).
While this is the final group of the fall, it’s worth finding out what’s happening. Sessions will resume in the new year.
Mount Seymour has 21 of the required 70 centimetre snow base it needs to open. Grouse Grind is closed for the season and Grouse Mountain ski area could open any day. Whistler Blackcomb is hoping to open in time for the American Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24.
Admission is only 50 cents. If you are interested in selling your items you can rent a table for $17.
At the UBC Farm, carving pumpkins are $5-$10 and cooking pumpkins are $15-$20. U-pick is available during the farm’s open hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm through October or while supplies last.
At Southlands Heritage Farm at Balaclava and W 51st, see the horses, pet the goats, and chose a pumpkin while you explore the old apple orchard. Open daily through October from 9am-5pm. Check in at the office upon arrival and explore the farm on a self-guided tour. Admission is by donation and pumpkins are only $5 each.
After you sample the pure fruit, there’s also tons of sweets from pie to honey and cider. Meanwhile avid gardeners can pick up tips for coping with apple tree diseases and pest management, plus purchase apple trees. The children’s area offers crafts, face painting, story telling and the chance to explore UBC’s botanical gardens.
Every year fest-goers buy 44,000 pounds or 20,000 kilos of B.C. apples, but since they often run out of apples on the second day, I suggest going early! Admission is $4 for adults and children over 12 and includes free access to the garden. This is always a great event for all ages.