Kids Takeover UBC

For too long, UBC has been run by adults. It’s time for kids to rule at this fun-filled arts festival for kids and families. Buy your Family Pass here!

All guests who have purchased tickets must check-in/register to get their festival wristbands at either Flagpole Plaza (6331 Crescent Road) or Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Dr). Registration opens at 10AM.  

Celebrate Family Day weekend by bringing your entire family to UBC on Sunday, February 11. Kids and youth will take on adult-sized roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate and promote arts and culture at UBC. Takeover Day, first launched in the UK, is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organizations, archives and heritage sites.


Frederic Wood Theatre: Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish by Joseph A. Dandurand (1-2:15pm)

For all ages, six storytellers from the Kwantlen Village called Squa’lets spin the First Nations tale of Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish. The mouth of Th'owxiya holds the most wonderful foods from around the world. But, if you steal from her, you will pay a terrible price, for Th’owxiya eats children! 

Museum of Anthropology: Takeover Day with youth-led arts, dance, tours, featuring the Zhambai Trio musicians! (12-5pm)

Kids will be helping us run the museum for a day! Bring the whole family along for a day of youth-led art activities, dancing, music, social media stories, and more! 

Old Auditorium: Meet Cinderella and Friends for a taste of Opera, stage tours, costumes, and make-up (11am-12pm)

Dreams of unexpected happiness and love play out with spectacular vocal fireworks, witty comedy and delightful music. Performance followed by stage tours, dress-up and make-up play for young audience members.

Belkin Art Gallery: Poem power -- for mighty kids who want to change the world! (1-3pm)

Join us as we read from Siv Widerberg’s 1973 children’s book “I’m Like Me: Poems for people who want to grow up equal,” and write your own poetry. And to inspire the next generation of activism, kids can create their own slogans in our sign making workshop.

Kid-friendly food trucks, photobooths, Thunderbird marching band, crafts, prizes and more!


There are two types of tickets available: family and individual passes. Each family pass comes with 2 adult and 2 kids (under 12) all access passes and a $10 food voucher. Tickets are limited so purchase yours now and RSVP on Facebook


$30 UBC All Access Pass for UTown@UBC, UNA, UBC staff, faculty and student families
$45 Alumni All Access Pass for UBC Alumni families
$60 Visitor All Access Pass for general public families 
$15 UBC Individual All Access Pass for UBC staff, faculty and students 
$25 Visitor Individual All Access Pass for general public 


$10 for additional kid under 12 (may be purchased in addition to an all access pass)

Full Day Schedule:   

  • 11:00am-12:00pm: Old Auditorium: Cinderella and friends with a taste of opera, costumes + make up
  • 12pm: Old Auditorium: UBC Thunderbird Marching Band marches to Flag Pole Plaza
  • 12:00-4:00pm: MOA: Kids drop-in at the conservation lab
  • 12:00-4:15pm: MOA: youth-led art, social media and flash mob dancing
  • 1:00-2:15pm: Frederic Wood: Thowxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish by Joseph A. Dandurand
  • 1:00-1:30pm: Belkin Gallery: - Poem Power
  • 1:00pm: MOA: Live African Fusion by Zhambai Trio
  • 1:30pm: MOA: St. James Music Academy Jazz Band
  • 1:30-2:00pm: Belkin Gallery - Poem Power
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm: Belkin Gallery - Poem Power
  • 2:30-3:00pm: Belkin Gallery - Poem Power        
  • 3:30pm: MOA: Live African Fusion by Zhambai Trio
  • 4:00pm: MOA: St. James Music Academy Jazz Band  
  • 4.30-5pm: MOA: Awards Ceremony for MOA youth team leaders

Food Truck Menus:

UBC's executive chef, David Speight, has prepared an exciting menu that both kids and their parents will love. See below for a full list of items available at our three food trucks:

Beer Battered Fish & Chips
granville island honey lager battered local cod, hand cut fries,
house made tartar sauce, lemon wedge

Beer Battered Fish Tacos  
flour tortillas, cod, southern slaw, sriracha aioli

Grilled Sockeye Salmon Burger  
citrus mayo, arugula, whole wheat bun, hand cut fries

Mac & Cheese
roasted garlic, creamy aged white cheddar sauce,
parsley, truffled breadcrumbs

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich
aged cheddar, havarti, mozzarella, signature 3 cheese sauce, garlic butter

Caprese Flatbread
tomato, young mozzarella, basil, reduced balsamic

All Beef Hot Dog
Nathan’s World Famous dogs, ketchup, mustard, relish, diced onions

Thai Coconut Quinoa Buddha Bowl
roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, edamame, red pepper,
purple cabbage, candied pecans, cilantro, red thai coconut curry broth

Super Cozy Butternut Squash & Red Lentil Stew
sweet potatoes, swiss chard, coconut milk,
cayenne, cilantro, brown rice,

The Open Kitchen Incredi-Bowl
roasted yams, beets, shredded carrots, edamame beans, spinach,
fresh herbs, sesame seeds, lemon tahini dressing
choice of quinoa or brown rice

Wild Berry & Yogurt Parfait
full fat yogurt, artisan granola, hemp seeds

Berry Chocolate Chia Parfait
maple, vanilla, local berries, chia seeds,
artisan granola, dark chocolate chunks