Keeping your staff, volunteers and community safe is important – all of these suggestions can work in an in-person or virtual setting depending on your site and communities’ current needs. Please refer to the current Public Health Orders for restrictions on in-person activities and mask requirements. Pre-recorded programming may be helpful to mitigate any last-minute Covid-19 pivots.
Consider a scavenger hunt or trivia game! Get your participants moving with an interactive scavenger hunt that can take them through your galleries or through their own neighbourhoods. A trivia game with stations throughout your institute can help keep participants spaced out. Consider how you can use everyone’s skillsets to make this a family-friendly fun time!
Family Day 2021: Image courtesy of Kelowna Museums Society
An interactive storytelling performance works great for in-person or virtual. Whether it’s one of your all-star team members or a performer you’ve hired, having an engaging and interactive storytelling performance can entertain the whole family. Choose a story from your newest, upcoming or most popular exhibit to offer families something to explore afterwards.
Family Day 2021: Image courtesy of the Salt Spring Arts Council
Printmaking crafts are great in person and kits can be made for a take-home experience! Print-making crafts are great for museums, galleries, science centers and nature parks and super fun for the whole family. Printmaking often needs guardian supervision if any carving is involved so it’s great to have some adult hands to help. The prints can be of your site, your neighbourhood, part of a storytelling experience or even the participants’ family! The possibilities are endless.
Family Day 2021: Image courtesy of Gallery 2
More ideas to consider:
Get outside! Talk a virtual or in-person walking tour of the areas and neighbourhoods, or nature, surrounding your institute.
Family Day 2021: Image courtesy of Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association
Family Day 2021: Image courtesy of Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History
Take-home art crafts and online art classes
Family Day 2021: Image courtesy of Richmond Art Gallery Association
Musical activities and interpretive dance classes
At-home science experiments or cooking activities
Family Day 2021: Image courtesy of Prince George Regional Art Gallery Association
Our sector has demonstrated incredible creativity and innovation as we adapt to changing health guidelines. If you have ideas that we should include here to inspire organizations, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Family Day 2022 Activity Grants
The Province of British Columbia is partnering with BCMA for the fourth consecutive year, to provide one-time grants to support local museums, art galleries, cultural institutions and First Nations communities in coordinating family-based, admission-free community activities.
Deadline: February 4, 2022