Fun on the agenda at Qualicum Beach Museum

Annual Children’s Museum Day set to focus on old time entertainment in Qualicum Beach

Museum manager Netanja Waddell gets a tow in a little red wagon from assistant manager Leona Matte.

Museum manager Netanja Waddell gets a tow in a little red wagon from assistant manager Leona Matte.

It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when Qualicum Beach children didn’t play with Ipods or watch televisions.

Qualicum Beach Museum manager Netanja Waddell knows this, and she also knows the youngsters were still able to have a good time.

That sense of old-fashioned fun will be front and centre on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. when the museum presents its sixth annual Children’s Museum Day.

“We do this as an opportunity to let the community know what the museum is about and to give back to the community,” Waddell said. “It’s a fun, free family event that’s open to the whole Oceanside community.”

The day will feature a wide assortment of fun activities that will let youngsters get a feel for local history.

“It’s an opportunity for children to get to do a multitude of hands-on activities that are all pioneer-related,” Waddell said. “It will also hope to showcase what the museum is all about.”

The event is a popular one, drawing as many as 300 children to the Beach Road facility to enjoy wagon rides from Tigerlily Farm, model boat building, totem pole making and whirlygig construction, as well as face painting, rock painting, flint knapping, shake cutting, fossil rubbing  and dressup.

“This year there will also be a surprise, which is very exciting,” Waddell said. “Graham Beard will be showing that to the kids.”    — Neil Horner