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Family Day celebrated at visitor centre in Comox Valley

THE VANCOUVER ISLAND Visitor Centre will include a Kids Craft Day as part of its Family Day activities. - Vancouver Island Visitor Centre
THE VANCOUVER ISLAND Visitor Centre will include a Kids Craft Day as part of its Family Day activities.
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B.C. is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, but as residents, we tend to take our own backyard for granted.

To help kids appreciate what the province has to offer, and to celebrate British Columbia’s first Family Day Weekend, the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre (VIVC) in the Comox Valley has planned its inaugural Kids Craft Day to celebrate B.C.

Kids aged five to 11 are invited to visit the VIVC on Feb. 11 to participate in a session of creative fun and collage-making. The event will include an interactive discussion about why B.C., Vancouver Island, and the Comox Valley are special places, then the children will get busy building their very own Super, Natural British Columbia collages.

Sessions will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“The centre was designed with families in mind with interactive displays and lots of space,” said VIVC manager Kelly Barnie. “So when we started to receive the new 2013 travel guides produced by many B.C. communities, instead of recycling the few we have left over from 2012, we thought we would do something different in celebration of Family Day.”

Barnie is excited that this event will give the old guides a new purpose as art that kids can take home and enjoy.

While the kids are busy creating their masterpieces, parents can wander the exhibits, meet the staff and certainly beginning planning for upcoming trips or vacations. Throughout the day there will be free coffee or tea available for parents.

Registration for the craft day is required and can be completed by e-mailing with your child’s name, age and preferred time slot or phoning 250-400-2882.

The Visitor Centre is located at 3607 Small Rd. off the Comox Valley Parkway near Cumberland Road. It's open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Comox Valley's Vancouver Island Visitor Centre is the first stop to creating an unforgettable vacation.

Vancouver Island Visitor Centre offers friendly, knowledgeable staff; local, regional and provincial maps and tourist information; onsite booking for accommodations, attractions, events and transportation — as well as restrooms, a playground and picnic area with community barbecue; and an exciting exhibit gallery with a glimpse of the alpine, ocean, forest and agricultural tourism opportunities on the Island.

For more information, visit

— Vancouver Island Visitor Centre

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