Kids busy on days off

NANAIMO: Museum offers up workshop activities on two professional development days.

The hallways in schools may be quiet during teacher professional development days in October, but the Nanaimo Museum will be bustling with activity.

The museum is offering two new drop-in workshops for children and their families on Oct. 1 and Oct. 19 from 1-4 p.m.

The first workshop includes hands-on activities with a train theme and the second is inspired by the museum’s feature exhibit on fabric art.

The new workshops build on the success of similar events during spring break.

“More families visit the museum on professional development days,” said Aimee Greenaway, program and volunteer coordinator. “The workshops have fun activities that will keep children engaged with the added bonus of teaching them about their community.”

The activities are designed for children ages five-12 years. Families can participate in the activities on an ongoing basis so pre-registration is not necessary. Caregivers must be present to supervise children at all times.

The Coal Trains workshop on, Oct. 1 provides the unique opportunity for children to have an up-close look at the steam locomotive in Piper Park. Activities such as making engineer hats will take place inside the museum’s gallery, just a two-minute walk away from the park.

The Fabric Art for Kids workshop on Oct. 19 features no-sew projects like making a letter wall hanging or a Halloween treat bag.

For more information about the workshops please e-mail Greenaway at or call 250-753-1821.

The museum, at 100 Museum Way in the Port of Nanaimo Centre, is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The feature exhibit from September to December is Spirit of Life by acclaimed fabric artist Cecile Jacobs.