Royal BC Museum Grown Up Overnight
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Not everyone likes the fall; it’s back to school time, the sun hits the opposite side of the earth, and colorful leaves slowly transition from tree accents to chores that need to be raked.

On the positive side, fall is also pumpkin spice latte time, costume makin’ time, and the start of hockey season.

It’s also a great time to check out the Royal BC Museum as they help ease the pain of the summer slowly slippin’ away.

1 – Wonder Sunday family series: Cost to coast to coast

  • What: October’s Wonder Sunday features the expedition of Canada C3, an epic 150-day sailing venture from Toronto to Victoria, using the Northwest passage. Throughout October, BC Museum will focus on the expedition and explore scientific findings throughout their journey.
  • When: Sundays; October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd. 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
  • Cost: Standard membership or admission.

2 – How the Prohibitionists won the battle but lost the war

  • What: Join archivist Frederike Verspoor in the exploration of Prohibition in British Columbia, ripe with fraud and corruption.
  • When: October 4th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm.
  • Cost: Admission by donation.

3 – Artsy Fartsy: A youth-centred day of place making and design thinking

  • What: Arsty Fartsy is a drop-in event intended for youth to design, discover, and dream. What kinds of spaces do you find best to learn, hang out or create in?
  • When: Saturday, October 7th. 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • Cost: Admission by donation.

4 – Performance as Medicine: Indigenous performance art symposium

  • What: Dive into some culture and explore Indigenous philosophies and contemporary expressive forms. Register to enjoy a series of interactive workshops and lunch, or drop in later for a performance and panel discussion.
  • When: October 14, 2017
    • Workshops (registration required): 9:00am – 3:00 pm.
    • Performance & panel discussion: 3:30pm – 5:30pm.
  • Cost: $40 for the workshop. Performance & discussion is free.

5 – Fieldtrippers: Archaeology Walk

  • What: Dr. Genevieve Hill, archaeology collections manager, will be leading a walk and talk about the archaeology of the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve. Participants will get a close look into how Cowichan First Nations’ and their ancestors have lived in the culturally rich area, and the current efforts to revitalize the wildflower meadows. Children 12 and over accompanied by an adult are welcome; no dogs.
  • When: Saturday, October 14th. 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
  • Where: Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, 1241 Maple Bay Rd.
  • Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per person.

6 – It’s Complicated: New Immigrants; a discussion series

  • What: This is a dynamic, themed discussion series. This month’s theme: new immigration. How are new immigrants in Victoria coping with connection, and how can the community better support the procecss? You can talk about i!
  • When: Wedesnday, October 18th. 5:15pm to 7:00pm.
  • Cost: Free

7 – Night Shift: Dark Circus

  • What: This Halloween, allow yourself to be seduced by the dark side at our adult-only after-hours party. Surrender to your sinister side and follow the ringmaster into a mesmerizing night of aerial art, illusion, live music and more… in Victoria’s original cabinet of curiosities.
  • When: October 28, 8:00pm – 12:00am.
  • Cost: $37.50 – Apparently this event has been sold out but keep an eye on sites such as UsedVictoria for tickets being sold.

8 – Family: Bonds and Belonging

  • What: This feature exhibition aims to answer a singular question: What is a family? Can you pick your family or is it determined by blood? Is family who you share holidays with? Explore these questions, walk into a living interactive photo album, and discover some surprising answers in the Royal BC Museum feature exhibition Family: Bonds and Belonging.
  • When: During normal Museum hours; exhibition closes October 31st.
  • Cost: Standard membership or admission.

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