Kids Take Over UBC! 2023 | About & FAQ

Kids Take Over UBC is back and BIGGER than ever! Get your tickets now!

ABOUT

This Family Day weekend, on February 19, play your way across campus, with arts and culture activities, STEM workshops, kid-friendly tours, special performances and so much more! More than 20 UBC departments, faculties, campus attractions, and student organizations will entertain, inspire and educate at Kids Take Over UBC!

Kids Take Over UBC! is an open-door arts and culture festival for families 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.

FAQ- General

Who can attend Kids Take Over UBC?

Everyone is welcome! 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 bring out the kid in everyone!

Where does Kids Take Over UBC take place?

All across UBC campus! This year, we are pleased to be back and bigger than ever, with activities spanning the entire campus—from the Arts and Culture District, to the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, to the Old Barn  and beyond. For a full list of participating locations and activities, check out the Kids Take Over UBC schedule. 

How much are tickets?

Ticket sales are now open and start at just $5 per child, with discounted rates for UBC community members, UNA residents, and Musqueam community members. Your ticket provide all-access to the full day of programming and all the participating venues. Kids under 4 are FREE!

Full ticket prices (by audience) can be found on the ticketing site. 

Please note that tickets are non-refundable once purchased, however you are able to transfer them to another family. 

How does it work?

Your Kids Take Over UBC pass is your ticket to a day full of fun. Stop by one of the registration booths before starting your day, to get your event day program, map, and wristband, which will provide access to participating venues and activities—you must have your wristband in order to access venues and activities.  Registration booths, located at Wyman Plaza or the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre will be open from 11-3.

There’s so much to see and do. It's not possible to do all the activities, so we highly recommend checking out the schedule of events and activities and planning your day in advance to make the most of your time on campus. Let your kids take over the planning by exploring these exciting opportunities with them! 

Please note, some partner activities have limited spaces available, and require pre-registration, while others offer drop-in activities throughout the day. Activities with limited spaces are indicated on the event schedule—you will receive access to pre-registration activities when you purchase tickets. 

How do I get there?

UBC is easily accessible by public transportation, walking and cycling, or driving. To plan your trip via public transportation, check out the Translink Trip Planner. 

While we highly recommend and champion active, sustainable transportation to campus, if you must drive,  parking is available by pre-purchasing with your tickets! Thanks to UBC Parking, Kids Take Over UBC guests get a special $4 all-day rate in Fraser or Rose Garden Parkade on event day. UBC Parking will donate the funds from pre-purchased parking to the AMS Food Bank. This offer is only available as an add-on to ticket purchases and will only be available until Feb. 14.

How do I find my way around campus?

This event map will be included in the program that all attendees will recieve upon checking in. UBC Wayfinding is also another tool for navigating around campus. We will also have friendly volunteers and directional signage on event day. If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know when you register.

What dining options are available for breaks and lunch?

  • Loafe Cafe (located beside the Alumni Centre) is open Sundays, 10am-5pm. Enjoy $2 kids hot chocolate and baked goods. 
  • University Blvd Central offers plenty of dining options. Please check opening hours. 
  • Frederic Wood Theatre Cafe (6354 Crescent Rd.) Open all day for the event, take a break with delicious coffee, tea, espresso drinks as well as pre-packaged family friendly snacks! Plus, watch Muppets in Space on the big screen from 1pm-2:30pm!
  • If you plan to pack your own, The Nest (open 8am-11pm on Sundays) has open seating and dining outlets. 

What’s happening at Kids Take Over UBC this year?

After two years of online and hybrid activities, we’re excited to be back and bigger than ever with 20+ partners working together to bring you a day of fun, learning, and special memories on campus.

We are pleased to welcome back many of our incredible past partners, who make this event so special and unique year after year. While The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is temporarily closed for seismic upgrades, we’re thrilled to introduce a new venue—the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, which will be “taken over” with kid-friendly activities provided by the Faculties of Education; Arts; Science; Land and Food Systems; Dentistry; Applied Science, and Sauder School of Business. 

For full list of activities and partners, check out the Kids Take Over UBC ticket site.

Who puts on Kids Take Over UBC?

Kids Take Over UBC is led jointly by UTown@UBC (part of UBC Campus + Community Planning) and UBC Arts & Culture District.

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:

Kids Take Over UBC takes place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) people. We humbly extend our gratitude to the traditional stewards and caretakers of these lands and acknowledge the incredible priviledge of living, working, learning and playing here.

Learn more about traditional Musqueam lands, history and culture.  

Questions? Please contact: info.utown@ubc.ca