Like an early spring garden crammed with fresh-budding daffodils, Richmond is blooming with things to do this month – so long as you know where to look. Here are our five top suggestions to keep you busy over the next few weeks.
Richmond Nature Park: Exotic Reptile Show
March 10 & 11 (11am-4pm)
Admission by donation
Fans of snakes, lizards and geckos should scamper over to one of the city’s favourite green spaces for a chance to hang out with a host of beady-eyed critters. Organized by the West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles, this family-friendly show is the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to these fascinating animals – and if the weather’s fine, it’s a great chance to explore the park’s tree-lined trails as well.
Britannia Shipyards: Steveston Folk Guild Concert
March 15 (7:30pm)
Tickets $10 on the door
The celebrated National Historic Site’s evocative Chinese Bunkhouse stage is the unique venue for a toe-tapping night of great folk, with performances by Washington-based singer and storyteller Tom Rawson and popular Vancouver singer-songwriter Ellen van der Hoeven. Expect a smile-triggering evening of acoustic tunes, witty tales and heartfelt, sing-a-long fun.
Lansdowne Centre Outdoor Spring Carnival
Daily March 16-25 (from noon to late evening)
Single Tickets $1.25; Red Book (20) $23.00; Blue Book (40) $45
West Coast Amusements returns to Landsdowne Centre with its annual alfresco run of family-friendly fairground rides, from classic attractions for youngsters to white-knuckle stomach-lurchers for giggling thrill fans. Add some midway games and a sugary bag of warm mini-donuts to complete your visit.
Outdoor Spring Carnival | Photo: Lansdowne Centre
Meet the Makers: Chocolate Afternoon Tea
March 25 (noon-1:30pm)
$45, reservations required
Book ahead, have a light breakfast and then head over to Wild Sweets by Dominque & Cindy Duby for this indulgent chocolate-themed afternoon tea. You’ll be presented with an array of 12 treats – both sweet and savoury – which can range from roast beef shavings in chocolate oil to bread pudding in dark hot chocolate and rum sauce. Want to spoil the chocolate fan in your life? This is exactly the way to do it.
Easter at the Cannery
March 30, 31 & April 1 (10am-5pm)
Children (aged 2+) $4.90; adults (aged 17+) $3.90
This fun-filled indoor Easter party at Steveston’s Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site combines family-friendly crafts, activities and storytelling with some Easter Salmon Egg Hunts (from 10:30am to 4:30pm). Look out for the Easter Salmon herself and don’t forget to snap a selfie or two with this unusual creature. Especially recommended for kids up to age 12 (and their families), this is one of the city’s most popular Easter events.