3 B.C. events to rock his world for Father’s Day

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Dads are a different breed, some of whom may not easily be impressed with a necktie or a brunch, unless it involves a playoff game on a nearby screen, so it’s our job to give you a few options that will create some quality family time — and put a smile on his face.

BOOM! At Britannia Mine Museum

A new exhibit in Britannia’s nearly 100-year-old Mill building presents a live-action, sensory experience with special effects and more than 30 speakers — which create the same decibel level as an IMAX production — to deliver a recreation of what life was like at this 20-storey operation that produced the most copper in the British Commonwealth.

“Boom! is our newest and biggest production since we relaunched the Museum almost 10 years ago back in 2010,” says Kirstin Clausen, executive director of the Britannia Mine Museum. “Boom! is a creative way of storytelling to share the Britannia story and how instrumental the mill building was to the community of Britannia and its significance in British Columbia’s history.”


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For this production, the museum preserved the original “skip,” a 3-tonne rail car that transported equipment up and down the 20-storey mill, and a new mock-skip has been crafted out of raw steel to mimic the weight and movement of the original rail car.

The museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the cool trailer and info here.

Art where you least expect it

Jan de Beers
Jan de Beers has paintings on display at a new Science World exhibit that features upcycled paint. [Product Care Recycling]

Chances are Dad has had his share of painting the home — perhaps even some of it lovingly. And a new show at Vancouver’s

Science World

reveals the use of upcycled paint in a clever exhibition that runs until Aug. 26, 2019.

Product Care Recycling operates a not-for-profit recycling program, which upcycles paint. The Science World exhibition highlight’s Product Care’s PaintShare program, which offers free leftover paint to the public and also keeps usable paint out of landfills and waterway by putting it to good use on walls and in paintings.

The exhibit, Tides, by Sunshine Coast artist Jan de Beers, shows the possibilities to use leftover paint. And who knows? Maybe Dad will get inspired to give some paint a new home. At the very least, you’ll all look at paint in a different light.

Car-free day in select locations

Some Dads don’t want any fuss, so car-free days in several Vancouver locations are like a street party to explore. The day is featured on Denman, Main and Commercial streets. The Denman event has entertainment all day at Robson, Nelson and Davie streets. This multi-site festival is good for the communities — and the industrious can check out several in one day. Some of the events take place all weekend, while others are held on the Saturday, June 15, 2019. Kitsilano features events on both the Saturday and Sunday. Check the website for info.

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