Spring Break at the Museum

Saturday, March 25 to Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bring your family and join us in special activities taking place throughout spring break! Spring break programming starts Saturday, March 25 and ends Sunday, April 2, 2017. All activities and special events are included in the cost of admission.


Special offer: 

Kids 12 and under get in free from March 25 – April 2, 2017.


In-Gallery Activities

Scavenger Hunt

(7 years and older)
Take part in a human rights journey of discovery, exploring all the Museum galleries. This activity is perfect for younger visitors!  Uncover human rights stories that will get the whole family talking.

Pick up the scavenger hunt booklet at the coat check on Level 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Starts in Bonnie & John Buhler Hall on Level 1.

What’s in a Nation?

(all ages)
Over the past 150 years, Canada has been a safe haven for many people. Millions have come to Canada to start new lives. This activity celebrates what it means to be Canadian and offers participants a chance to share a favorite moment, action, or symbol about Canada with new Canadians. 

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canadian Journeys gallery on Level 2


Project of Heart

(all ages)
What does reconciliation mean to you? Project of Heart offers a gentle entry into learning about the legacy of the Indian Residential School system. Create your very own wooden tile and add it to our community mosaic to express your thoughts on hope and healing.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation on Level 3


Weaving Change

(10 years and older)
Find out how grandmothers use yarnbombing to protect the human rights of children across Africa! Learn how to finger-weave and make your own yarn creation to show your support.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Inspiring Change gallery on Level 7


Yarn-bombing for Human Rights with Grands ‘n’ More!

Saturday, April 1, 2017
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Carolyn Sifton Foundation Terrace, Level 6

The Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign provides help and support to the thousands of children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic and the grandmothers who care for them. In 2012, grandmothers in South Africa engaged in a colourful initiative to draw awareness to their cause. They knit brightly coloured squares and used them to “yarn-bomb” a tree. The yarn squares commemorate those who have died from AIDS, and serve as symbols of hope for the future.

Join us for an afternoon of yarn-bombing at the Museum! The local chapter of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, Grands ‘N’ More, will share their stories of working with grandmothers in African countries to combat the devastating effect the AIDS pandemic has had on families. Learn how to knit your own yarn square, or participate in making a yarn-wrapped tree to show your commitment to human rights worldwide.


Little Defenders

(Ages 2-8)
Wednesday, March 29 and Friday, March 31 at 11a.m.
Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation on Level 3

Explore ideas of acceptance, diversity, and respect with special guest story-tellers!

Joe McLellan

Join special guest story-teller Joe McLellan on March 29 for Little Defenders story hour. His story will be presented in English.

Joe McLellan is a Métis storyteller and author of the Nanabosho series published by Pemmican Publications. He has told stories all over North America. He spent 40 years as a teacher and educator using stories to bring people together. Joe believes that stories carry our dreams and by sharing dreams we create reality.


TiBert le Voyageur

Join special guest story-teller TiBert le Voyageur on March 31 for Little Defenders story hour. His story will be presented in English and French.

Raised in a Franco-Manitoban family, Rob Malo is a writer, performer, and community-builder who shares his passion for French-Canadian Métis history and culture. Drawing on his background in interpretation and educational programming, and using storytelling, song, music, and props, he delights kids and adults at schools and festivals as TiBert le Voyageur. An accomplished spoken word artist and French-language improv artist as well as musician, Robert Malo bridges cultural divides to generate an awareness of shared concerns and pleasures.

Don’t forget about our tours! 

Explore the Galleries and our new Discover the Building tours are offered throughout the spring break! These guided tours are available for an additional $5 per adult, $4 for seniors/students, and $3 for youth aged 7-17. During spring break, tours for children 12 and under are free. Guided tours are an excellent way to get an overview of the Museum, from the stories of human rights to the symbolism of the architecture.