(Royal BC Museum)

With family day just around the corner, the Royal BC Museum and the Chinese Canadian Museum are offering free family day activities in Victoria. 

This year, families will be able to enjoy a variety of activities and events including but not limited to art galleries, free breakfasts and lunches as well as puppet shows.

Related: The IMAX Victoria Film Festival is returning to Royal BC Museum this March (CONTEST)

At the Pan Tan Alley, the Chinese Canadian Museum will be hosting a new temporary Exhibition featuring two displays including “First Steps: Chinese Canadian Journeys in Victoria” and “Gold Mountain Dream!”

“Whether it’s a visit to a recreation centre, museum or art gallery, we know many British Columbians plan to celebrate the holiday weekend with a special activity with loved ones,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. 

“Our government’s annual investment in Family Day ensures British Columbians have a great selection of events in their local communities where cost is not a barrier,” said Popham.

Originally introduced to BC in 2013, Family Day recognizes the contributions that families make to their communities and province.

With $300,000 donated by the province in 2023, the substantial investment helps community-based organizations cover the costs of hosting free Family Day activities.

This year, the allotment of grants has been increased to $71,000 from funding provided in 2022.

The BC Recreation and Parks Association received $200,000 for grants up to $1,500 while the  BC Museum Association received $70,000 in grant money this year.

The awarded money will go towards eligible community-based organizations in the province up to $2,000 each.

In Victoria, the Royal BC Museum received $25,000 and the Chinese Canadian Museum was awarded  $5,000 to support Family Day activities.

To learn more about the family day events and activities happening throughout Vancouver Island, head over to the BC Museums Association website.

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