Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Vancouver Art Gallery Family FUSE Pass Giveaway

Since I was a small child, I loved making things. Drawing, in particular. My art teachers & a couple of years of art history at Emily Carr University (art school, for those of you not local) gave me a great appreciation for the fine arts. Visiting galleries is always a highlight when I travel & I love going to the Vancouver Art Gallery here at home.

So naturally, one of my goals as a parent is to make sure that my children are exposed to the fine arts & (hopefully) develop an appreciation for them, if not wanting to make/do art themselves. The Vancouver Art Gallery has an incredible program to help parents do just that. Monthly, they present a weekend of child-friendly hands-on art activities & performances related to the current exhibitions, called Family FUSE. This month's event is inspired by the Gallery’s new exhibition Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life, this family event provides travel-themed activities. FREE for all Gallery Members & all children aged 12 & under.

Sounds great, right? Even better? I've got a family pass to give away for this weekend's event! Before I launch into the giveaway, here are some more details on the activities at Family FUSE this weekend:

Stories on Wheels 
(Outside) Robson Plaza & (Inside) Forecourt, 11:30am, 12:30 & 1:30pm daily.
An original street theatre act based on a traditional Japanese travelling storytelling show called kamishibai. Tales are brought to life by a high-energy comic performer, using picture cards displayed in a magnificent miniature wooden stage attached to the back of a bicycle. You’ve never seen a story told this way before!

Dream Hotel 
1st Floor Annex, 10:30am – 4:30pm daily.
If you had a dream hotel, what special features would you include? Use a range of materials to design & build a model of your hotel then add it to the growing landscape.

Traveling Within
1st Floor Rotunda, 11am, 12 & 1pm daily.
We are all travelers on a journey. Join the Traveling Alchemists' Outreach Society as we journey through music, looped sound & story to the home we've never left...

The Grand Hotel Ballroom Spectacular
1st Floor Rotunda, 2:30, 3:30 & 4pm daily.
Leave your daily routine at the rotating doors & enter The Grand Hotel Ballroom Spectacular. With Charleston dance, hot jazz, classic hotel scenes, & a synchronized swimming routine, The Dusty Flowerpot Dancers await you!

Art Agents- Grand Hotel
2nd Floor Gallery, 10am – 4:30pm daily.
Explore the exhibition Grand Hotel with our Art Agents & their amazing range of activities including building with Keva planks. Think about what you would pack for a journey & much more!

Sketch Station
2nd Floor, 10:30am – 4:30pm daily.
Find art educator Kate Dawson in the Gallery & join her in sketching and drawing inspired by the ideas of planning & documenting our journeys

Building Buildings with the Vancouver LEGO Club. 
4th Floor East, 11am - 4pm daily.
Spend an afternoon making building fronts with the Vancouver LEGO Club ( They’ll bring the LEGO bricks & some sample creations, you bring your creative imagination & turn your inspired thoughts into a modeled reality. (Note: these models will stay in the Gallery for others to see)

Making Place
4th Floor Pavilion, 10am - 4pm daily.
Travel in your imagination & explore using a range of materials, paint your own room with a view &  create a collage of your very own themed hotel room.

Pocket Hotel
4th Floor Gallery North, 10am - 4pm daily.
Join artist Jessica Jang to create a living space that fits in the palm of your hand. Create a matchbox size hotel to carry with you wherever you may travel.

Family Film Lounge - Programmed by Reel 2 Real International Film

Festival for Youth
1st floor, Room 100, 10am – 4:30pm daily.
Take a break and relax in our film lounge, eat your lunch or a snack while watching a selection of animated & live action films.

Gallery Members & children aged 12–&–under are FREE when accompanied by an adult. Regular Admission Rates apply. $20 Adults, $15 Senior (65+), $15 Student (with valid ID). For more information about Family FUSE Weekend call 604 662 4719. (All prices subject to 5% GST)

& now for the GIVEAWAY! I've got a pass for a family of four people to go to Family FUSE this weekend on June 8 or 9, 2013. To enter, you can do one or all of the choices in the Rafflecopter widget below. The more you do, the better your chance of winning. I'll pick a winner at 11:59pm Thursday & notify them by email. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: I received free passes for my family to attend Family FUSE this weekend too. I was not otherwise compensated for this post/giveaway.

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