There is plenty to do around town this weekend but one event in particular is free for kids*, indoors (away from the rain), has music, art, and hands-on activities. The Vancouver Art Gallery is hosting another Family FUSE Weekend on Saturday, March 8th and Sunday, March 9th with this month’s theme: “The Landscape of the Imagination” and it’s bound to be a whole lot of fun for the family.
The Landscape of the Imagination takes its inspiration from the Gallery’s new exhibitions Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary and A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky, exploring our intimate relationship with the natural and manufactured landscape around us.
In addition, Kid Zeppelin, a talented children’s rock band will cover Led Zeppelin songs to reflect the popular culture reference in the exhibition Myfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again. Join artists, musicians, performers and educators to discover how small actions can have big impacts through a range of performances, hands-on activities and workshops.
Family Fuse Weekend Events
Activities include the following on both Saturday and Sunday:
10:00am to 4:00pm
Create a button that features a picture or words about your favourite kind of landscape.
10:00am to 4:00pm
Join the Art Agents as they explore the work of Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary. Learn more about the trips he took and the landscapes he loved to paint through a range of hands-on resources.
Saturday 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm; Sunday 11:30am, 12:30pm
Four Vancouverites aged 11 to 15 plus the music of one of rock’s greatest bands equals Kid Zeppelin. These talented youths have been having a great time preparing a short set of Led Zeppelin songs to accompany Myfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again.
Veda Hille and Her Swell Band
1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm
Join Veda Hille and Her Swell Band as they alternate between two special sets of music put together for the Family FUSE Weekend: songs about Emily Carr and songs about pets. Expect some storytelling, some singing and quite a bit of rocking.
10:30am to 4:30pm
Join educator Kate Dawson to consider the photographs in the exhibition A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky. Sketch directly in front of the works and consider our impact on the natural environment.
Built to Scale
12:00pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm
Inspired by Edward Burtynsky’s amazing photographs of natural and manufactured landscapes, Vancouver dance collective The Contingency Plan responds to these beautiful images through contemporary dance. They will explore through movement, ideas of construction, deconstruction, scale and perspective.
11:00am to 4:00pm
Come navigate the colourful, interactive light and sound installation from IE Creative artworks. Dress up in your brightest safety gear and proceed slowly and carefully through the Gallery. It’s also an opportunity to create your own safety signs for the dangers that may lurk in your personal world.
The Making Place
10:30am to 4:00pm
Inspired by the work in the exhibitions Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary and A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky, try a range of explorative, hands-on activities and create art to take home with you.
Vancouver Aquarium AquaVan
Presented by BC Hydro and BG Group
11:00am to 4:00pm
AquaVan Educators facilitate learning through hands-on exploration of aquatic life from around the world. This is a unique opportunity for all ages to explore the richness of life below the surface! Glimpse at life within a 200L mobile aquarium and discover the connections between aquatic life, the environment and ourselves.
Family Film Lounge
Programmed by Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth
10:00am to 4:30pm
Take a break and relax in our film lounge. Enjoy your lunch or a snack while watching a selection of great animated and live action films.
Family FUSE Weekend is *free for children age 12-and-under when accompanied by an adult and for Gallery Members. Regular adult admission rates apply. Hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm each day this weekend.