Visit the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve for its Family Nature Festival on March 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Nature festival, musical science and more for spring break fun

Chilliwack’s libraries, ice rinks and favourite family spots offer up plenty to do

Spring is here and so are the fun activities for families.

With spring break just a few days in, here’s a look at what is going on in the Chilliwack area to keep kids and kids-at-heart busy until Easter weekend.

Family Nature Festival:

The Great Blue Heron Reserve is holding their Family Nature Festival on March 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ongoing activities throughout the day, including visits to the heron colony, guided nature programs, wildlife art, nature crafts, a children’s corner, touch table, observation station, and scavenger hunt.

Spring break ice skate times:

There are four $2 skate times over the spring break, March 20, 22, 27 and 29 at Twin Rinks. The each run 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Helmets are recommended and skate rentals are available for $4.

For drop-in hockey times, public skate schedules and more, visit www.chilliwack.com/skate or call 604-793-2904.

Art classes:

The Chilliwack Community Arts Council has a few classes taking place over the spring break, including a learn-to-knit workshop on March 24, and painting with pastels on March 29. Both courses have registration fees, and are open to ages 13 to adult. For more information, phone 604-769-2787.

Tween fun:

The Chilliwack Library is running a Tween Wall Hanging Workshop on March 21, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Come and get your knot on with fiber artist Lindsay Lee of Forage and Lace as she teaches the art of macramé!

For ages nine to 13. Registration required, phone 604-792-1941.

Green screen imagination:

Fun with S.T.E.A.M. – Green Screens

Have you ever wanted to visit Ancient Rome? Or outer space? Ever wondered what you would like as a Super Hero? Come and play and have your picture taken for free with our new green screen and see yourself in ways you never imagined, at the Yarrow Library on March 22. The green screen will be set up from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Safari Rescue:

The Urban Safari Rescue Society returns to the Chilliwack Library on March 22 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Come meet some animals and hear their stories. Learn how to protect and care for animals in the wild.

Engineering fun:

On March 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., you’re invited to test your engineering skills at the Chilliwack Library. After a brief talk about engineering, participants will be given five sheets of paper and a roll of tape. The object of the class is to build the tallest and strongest structure possible. The towers will be tested until they collapse. The participant with the strongest structure wins.

Family puzzle time:

Get the family together for some quality time around a jigsaw puzzle, and a little friendly competition. The Family Jigsaw Puzzle Contest takes from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Yarrow Library on March 27. Compete in teams of four (come as a team or come alone and the library staff will create a team) and be the first to finish a 500 piece puzzle. Registration is required, phone 604-823-4664.

Musical science:

Get your (free) tickets now for your family to enjoy Andy the Musical Scientist on March 29, 11 a.m., at the Sardis Library.

Tickets must be picked up at Sardis Library a week before the event. Andy the Musical Scientist amazes audiences by creating instruments out of recycled items. His show is a meeting place for the worlds of music and science. Using home made, invented instruments, world music, and humor, along with a pro recycling message, Andy enthralls young audiences with a truly unique performance!

Andy will also perform at the Chilliwack Library the same day, at 2 p.m.

Henna workshop:

On March 29, teens ages 13 to 19 are invited to take in an introductory, hands-on workshop on applying henna. It runs from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is free to attend, but registration is required. Call the Chilliwack library at 604-792-1941.

Fantasy art:

Let your imagination inspire you! Sketch a fantastical dragon, bringing it to life using your own design variations. Add fire and depth to your creation using watercolour pencils. All supplies will be provided. For ages 13 and up. Registration is required at the Sardis Library, phone 604-858-5503.

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