School is out and families are looking for fun and educational ways to spend summer days with the kids. An excellent summer activity out of the heat is visiting the Fraser River Discovery Centre; a hidden gem along the Fraser River, right on New Westminster Quay. With exhibits for all ages, your kids and teens will experience interesting and fun exhibits that will help them learn about the rich history of the Fraser River and how we can all work together to make our local communities thrive.
WELCOME TO THE RIVER
Featuring two floors of exhibits, a theatre, a collection of games, interactive displays, and more, the Fraser River Discovery Centre offers something for visitors of all ages. Journey Through the Working River is a unique interactive zone that lets you design your own vision of the Fraser River, based on how you respond to a series of important questions about its future. The exhibit will create an illustration just for you, based on your answers, showing you and your kids just how important they are to the Fraser River’s future.
HISTORY ON THE WATER
Experience the Fraser acts as an interactive indoor trail, transporting you to the scenic shore of the Fraser, inviting you to hop on a bike, wade in with your canoe and go hands-on with the natural beauty that surrounds us. Our Bones are Made of Salmon uses the oral traditions of the Musqueam and Stó:l? Nations to tell a story of their history different fishing techniques and why salmon fishing along the Fraser River has been so vital to their communities. From the long, intricate tradition of catching and drying salmon to how modern businesses have helped build local economies, this rich history will show you and your children how fascinating the Fraser River can be.
PROGRAMS TO EXCITE AND EDUCATE
New programs like painting classes will soon be offered, creating even more reasons to come enjoy an afternoon on the water. Their Tiny Tot sessions provide short, fun, and educational stories and songs for pre-schoolers, running every Tuesday morning, while their Fraser River Dialogues series is aimed at creating a conversation with local business professionals and community members around the most important topics impacting the river and local neighbourhoods.
One of New Westminter’s biggest events, RiverFest, will be taking place on September 22nd and the FRDC will be open to the public and hosting special programs and a Family Fun Zone, to celebrate the occasion. Families will also enjoy a parade, live music, local artists and artisans, and more!
And this year marks the launch of the FRDC summer camp series, offering kids ages 5-11 four different themes to choose from, including Hands on History, X-Treme S.T.E.A.M., Arts Unleashed, and Creators Unite. Learn more about these exciting programs here.
MAKE it an all day aDventure!
The FRDC is the perfect stop on a day visiting the Westminster Quay. On the way, visit the tin soldier – the tallest in the world – browse local artisanal goods at River Market, or grab a bite at one of the many restaurants along the water.
Centrally located just east of the River Market at the New Westminster Quay on Quayside Drive, detailed directions can be found here. Open seven days a week through the summer, admission is affordable at $6 for adults and $5 for students, $3 for kids aged 2-12, and those under 2 are free. Plus this summer, we’ll be giving away free passes to the Fraser River Discovery Centre. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, for more details on how you can win free family admission (for 4) to this interactive BC attraction.