Kids’ Case Files: July & August 2019

Take a step into Nanaimo’s past and follow the story of a real 1913 harbour disaster at Nanaimo Museum during July and August 2019. Linked with the Nanaimo Mysteries  feature exhibit, two new programs will entertain and fascinate kids through summer. The activities are designed for children aged 4-15 to participate in, along with their parents, grandparents, or caregivers.

Ages 4+: Kids’ Case Files: Dangerous Cargo Scavenger Hunt

Dangerous Cargo Scavenger hunt is a fun I-Spy game through the gallery. With a special storybook and the help of an adult, young children will look for pictures hidden around the gallery that tell the true story of the S.S. Oscar and it’s fateful last voyage in 1913. Bonus colouring sheets are included in the book!

Ages 9+: Kids’ Case Files: Dangerous Cargo Challenge

Older children, with their caregivers, will discover pages of Captain MacDonald’s logbook to help the crew save Nanaimo from disaster by solving puzzles and cracking codes through the gallery!

Details for families:

Both the Scavenger Hunt and the Challenge are available during open hours, seven days a week through the summer, July 1 to August 31. Activities are self-guided and available on a drop-in basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and adults are encouraged to participate with their young visitors. Activities are included with admission, and take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Details for Day Camps:

Day Camps must book group-friendly versions of the programs in advance, to ensure supplies and space are available in the gallery. Please contact Steph Kveton at to book.

The Nanaimo Mysteries exhibit contains content which may be disturbing to some visitors. All organized children’s activities take place outside of the feature gallery. Nanaimo Mysteries is on display until September 2nd. 

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