Family Day events across Vancouver Island continue through Monday evening


Family Day may be Monday, but Sunday in Sidney was filled with fun activities for families, including an open cockpit event at the BC Aviation Museum.

“We have opened up the insides of about four of our vintage aircraft, which allows the opportunity to take a peak inside and often times climb in and kind of see what life was like inside those aircraft,” said Julia Cairns, admin manager at the museum.

Calvin Rogers, an aspiring air cadet, couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to sit inside a real fighter jet to further motivate his dreams of becoming a pilot.

“There’s just a lot of history in these two buildings you can’t find anywhere else, especially with the unique aircraft,” exclaimed Rogers.

On the other side of Sidney, families were busy lining up to see the fascinating skills of certified Lego builder Robin Sather.

He’s been assembling live mega-builds in front of visitors for the past 11 years.

“When we started, there was no Family Day. It was even before Family Day. So, Family Day just dovetailed nicely into doing this event,” said Sather.

The Family Day holiday in B.C. has been in existence for the past 11 years and is designed to give people an opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones.

By the end of the long weekend, Sather will complete a replica of a portion of the Sidney shoreline to be put on display at the museum.

Monday on southern Vancouver Island still has plenty of events, including a free NHL street hockey event in Langford for kids.

Additionally, there are fun family events at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, and the Malahat Skywalk is offering passes on Monday for 50 per cent off.

For those who enjoy big-screen entertainment, The Royal BC Museum will be selling IMAX tickets by donation, and they will also be offering free entry to documentary films for children, youth, students, and seniors.

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