The 5th annual Kids Take Over UBC! returns February 20-28 to celebrate Family Day in a fun choose your own adventure format: enjoy our collection of online programming in the virtual treehouse or visit UBC campus on Sunday, February 20, for family-friendly activities in some of UBC's extraordinary museums and cultural amenities!
Open to all ages, you’ll find art workshops, kid-friendly guided tours, online performances and so much more! More than 15 different departments, units and student organizations at UBC will entertain, inspire and educate you all weekend long. Click through the rooms in the Kids Take Over UBC Treehouse to find what interests you, then register for FREE to access the fun starting family day weekend!
Kids Take Over UBC! is an open-door arts and culture festival for UBC families and the wider audience in Metro Vancouver to enjoy UBC’s world-class assets and public spaces together, while interacting with artists, musicians, dancers and more. Held annually on Family Day weekend, the event was inspired by Takeover Day, first launched in the UK to celebrate children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organizations, archives and heritage sites.
Who can register for Kids Take Over UBC?
Everyone! This includes families from UBC (students, faculty, staff and alumni), UNA, Acadia Park, Musqueam, and other families that live in Metro Vancouver and beyond. You'll find activities for all-ages, from kids to youths — we think the activities will appeal to adults too!
How much are tickets?
Registration is free for online activities in the virtual treehouse. For on-campus activities, most venues are offering free or by donation admission. There may be some costs for non-UBC affiliated guests who attend in-person programming. Please see our On Campus Activities Guide for full details.
How does it work?
Explore the virtual treehouse to see all the activity offerings and decide how you would like to participate from the two options:
1) Connect online and enjoy our virtual programming, available through the online treehouse anytime from February 20-28. Access the online content through the 'watch now' links for each activity — links will be active starting February 20.
2) Take part in person with on-campus activities at UBC's Vancouver campus (2329 West Mall, Vancouver, BC) on Sunday, February 20. Decide which activities you would like to attend and pre-register with the venues. On the day of, attend each activity at the venue according to your self-planned itinerary.
Who puts on Kids Take Over UBC?
Kids Take Over UBC brings together campus partners to host family-friendly activities in their venues and across the campus. Museums, arts and cultural amenities, faculties, and even student organizations participate by coordinating activities that showcase their unique talents, skills and interests. Thank you to all our incredible campus partners:
- Beaty Biodiversity Museum
- Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
- Active Kids - School of Kinesiology
- UBC Camps
- Let's Talk Science UBC
- Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
- School of Music
- Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
- UBC Opera
- UBC First Nations House of Learning
- UBC Thunderbird Marching Band
- UBC Botanical Garden
- University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA)
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How do I register for these on-campus activities?
First, please register through the general event registration. After, review the On Campus Activities Guide and the Event Map for the activities you would like to pre-register for and follow the instructions under "how to pre-register." Depending on the number of activities you wish to participate in, you may have to complete multiple pre-registrations. As part of planning your own day, participants are responsible for ensuring you pre-register with each venue for the activities you plan to attend.
How many activities can I participate in a day?
We suggest choosing 1-3 venues, depending on your planned start time on campus. Plan for travel time between venues, as well as time for a snack or lunch break.
Our Event Map is a great tool to help you with your day plan — you'll find the location venues marked, along with suggested parking lots, transit stops and dining options that are generally open on weekends.
What time do activities run?
Venues are offering a variety of scheduled and unscheduled activities from 10am-5pm.
When should I arrive? When is check in?
With this year's choose your own adventure style experience, families self-plan their day and can decide how early or how late to start. This means that your arrival time is when your first pre-registered activity is scheduled to start. Please check with the venue for any suggested arrival times.
Where do I check in on event day?
There will not be a main event/welcome tent on site this year. Upon arrival, please proceed directly to the location of your first activity and check in with the venue partner. Each venue will handle their own check in, so please expect to check in and show required documents at each venue you plan to visit. Participants are responsible for reviewing and adhering to each venues' site specific health and safety protocols, and UBC'S COVID-19 campus guidelines.
What dining options are available? Will there be food trucks on site?
There will not be any food trucks on site this year for Kids Take Over UBC. We invite you to check out the array of dining options at UBC, including dining options along University Boulevard Central, where most spots are open on the weekends. You can also check out the Event Map for some of our suggested dining spots.
What COVID-19 health and safety measures are in place?
Hosting venues have safety plans in place that follow UBC'S COVID-19 campus guidelines. All activities in indoor venues require proof of full vaccination for visitors ages 12 and older, and non-medical masks for visitors ages 5 and older. Participants are responsible for reviewing and adhering to each venues' health and safety stated policies, procedures and visitor code of conduct — please ensure you check each venue's website before pre-registering.
What level of adult supervision is needed for children to participate in Kids Take Over UBC?
For all Kids Take Over UBC activities, please supervise your child's participation at all times. While adults are not required to participate, we welcome you to join in and enjoy the experience altogether. For on-site activities, participants 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
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