There’s lots of fun for kids at the BC Forest Discovery Centre this long weekend. (Citizen file)

Coming up in Cowichan: BC Day weekend at the Forest Discovery Centre

Weekend of fun for kids at BC Forest Discovery Centre

The BC Forest Discovery Centre celebrates kids this BC Day long weekend for three fun-filled days for families in and visiting the Cowichan region.

“This event has been a popular tradition for several years now and we thought it was time to triple the fun, so we added a third day a couple of years ago,” says Chris Gale, manager at the BC Forest Discovery Centre. “Steam train rides, entertainment, imagination station and activities for the kids, prize draws, our almost famous barbecue, mini donuts, our new interactive Forests Forever Exhibit, and a great educational experience, are only a few reasons for kids of all ages to come out to the event.”

A special one to three day admission rate of $8 for children three years to 18 years, seniors and youth $8, adults at only $10, and children two years and under free, makes it an affordable three-day weekend for all. The centre will be open Saturday, Aug. 3 to Monday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with last steam train departure at 4 p.m.

It’s a fun way to celebrate the BC Day long weekend. In fact, you’ll want to attend all three days as the entertainment on our outdoor stage will rotate host musicians Andy McCormack and Dennis Atkins performing for the kids to dance and sing along with from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, plus lots of surprises that are sure to make your visit memorable.

Other events still to come this year and that are in the planning stages with sponsors include Labour Day, the new interactive Forests Forever exhibit, Halloween and, of course, the popular Christmas Express. Investing in membership includes a season’s pass allowing entry to the facility, the train, and to all special events throughout the year, with the exception of the Christmas Express which is a fundraising event.

The BC Forest Discovery Centre is a not for profit museum and relies on sponsorships, donations and memberships in order to continue its operations. Special event and membership information can be found at www.bcforestdiscoverycentre.com or by calling 250-715-1113 extension 23.

Neighbourhood House has summer programs

Cowichan Neighbourhood House is now offering summer youth programs for ages 10 to 18.

Mondays, from 3-5 p.m., there are one-on-one 30-minute beginner music lessons for guitar and piano.

Wednesday’s there are arts and crafts from 3-5 p.m. Each week will be different. Thursday’s there will be fun games planned from 3-5 p.m. Friday is Youth Night from 5:30-8 p.m., where people can cook, eat and hang out. And Saturday night from 7-10 p.m. is open for drop-in, with different fun activities planned each night.

In addition to this weekly fare, on Aug. 3 and 10 there is a free music workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you would like to register for any of the following activities contact Sarah St. Cyr and she will give further details or answer any questions: cnhayouth@gmail.com, or call the office between 12-5 p.m. at 250-246-3203.

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