Have you had a chance to explore the Kids Gallery at the Surrey Museum yet?
Molly and I decided to swing by this summer to discover firsthand what this local Fraser Valley gem is all about.
Located in the heart of downtown Cloverdale, in a separate wing at the Surrey Museum, there is plenty to do, see and learn for toddlers and children of all ages.
Inside this community hub that opened last October, awaits a variety of colourful interactive exhibits – all kid-focused on sustainability with rotating themes.
During our visit, the focus was all about Surrey’s water supply.
Molly enjoyed exploring Surrey’s rivers, finding out where our water comes from and learning how it arrives at homes every day with the help of illustrated characters Alisha, Blaze and Stella the Jay.
Fun fact: Did you know Surrey uses almost 200 million litres of drinking water each day? That’s a lot of water!
“This is so much fun,” she yelled from the top of the tree fort, while I chatted below with Surrey Museum Curator Greg Yellenik.
Yellenik, also the mastermind behind the impressive Body Works exhibits at Science World in Vancouver, explained that the majority of materials used at the Surrey Kids Gallery are recycled and sourced locally.
While the overall theme of sustainability may seem heavy for most youngsters to grasp, the gallery’s seamless blend of fun and education gets the message across to all ages, he says.
“Most of us have heard about sustainability, but it’s one of those words that can be tough to explain. I like the idea that people come here and learn more about it – even if it’s just in the back of their minds so that it affects their decisions in the future like holding onto that chocolate bar wrapper and placing it in their pocket, rather than tossing it in the trash so that it can be recycled later on.”
Currently, the popular tree fort (Molly’s favourite), farmhouse and many interactives are all enhanced by cool water themed activities, such as:
~ A feature wall covered in clear piping where kids can launch silk scarves through the maze of pipes.
~ A fun wheel to find out how much water is used for each of the many activities in our daily lives.
~ A fully interactive three-dimensional cartoon map showing where water comes from, how we treat it, what we do with it and where it goes.
~ A pinball game depicting the water cycle.
If you’re looking for something to do during summer vacation that’s indoors and won’t break the bank, I highly recommend heading to Cloverdale to explore the Kids Gallery at the Surrey Museum.
VM Tip: Make sure to set aside some time to explore all the great thrift shops and eclectic stores that are in close proximity – you could easily spend the whole afternoon in downtown Cloverdale.
What: Kids Gallery at the Surrey Museum
Where: 17710-56A Avenue, Surrey
Cost: FREE – Admission sponsored by Friends of Surrey Museum. Donations gladly accepted.
Hours of Operation:
Tue- Friday—9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sat- 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
Sun – 12-5 p.m.