Interactive displays, unique artifacts, and graphic images tell the stories of Surrey’s growth as a city. Changing feature exhibits, Hooser Textile Centre,. 17710-56A Avenue, Surrey, B.C. 604-592-6956. Hours: Tuesdays-Fridays, 9:30am-5:30pm, Saturdays: 10am-5pm. Admission sponsored by Friends Society. www.surrey.ca/heritage Twitter: @ASurreyMuseum
A Queen and Her Country
You might dream of being queen (or king) for a day, but Queen Elizabeth II has been the British monarch and Canada’s Head of State for 60 years! This feature exhibit recalls Her Majesty’s many visits to our country through commemorative items,historical images, and a quiz on royal protocol. From the Canadian Museum of History. On display to May 16.
Make Believe Birthday Parties
Walk like an Egyptian, shiver your timbers like a pirate, or be Queen for a day! Choose one of our fun themes, invite your friends, and call us to make your party memorable. Must pre-book at 604-592-6956. Saturdays, 2-4 p.m., $13.75 per child, birthday child is free.
Embroidered Cell Phone Bag
Learn Lazy Daisy, Chain, Satin and Blanket stitches to decorate a cover for your smartphone or device. Take your new talents home to add personality to your jeans. Must pre-register at 604-592-6956. Wednesday, May 6, 4-6 p.m., 3 sessions, $43 (8-12yrs).
Let’s Travel: Canada
Play traditional First Nations children’s games, discover what makes animals like the moose and beaver special, and learn fun Canadian words like “toque”. Must pre-register at 604-592-6956. Friday, May 8, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 session, $10.75 (3-5yrs).
Sheep to Shawl Competition
On your marks, get set – weave! Cheer on local teams as flying fingers spin and ply sheep’s wool into yarn, then weave a beautiful shawl, all in four hours. Watch real sheep being sheared, try weaving and spinning yourself, and make woolly crafts with your kids.
Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., All ages, by donation.
Craft It With Wool
Small hands master new skills as they try weaving and felting, find out where cloth comes from, and make a woolly sheep to take home. Must pre-register at 604-592-6956. Wednesday, May 13, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 session $10.75 (3-5yrs).
Sewing – Level 2
Put the needle on the mark and your foot on the pedal as you take your sewing skills to the next level. Let our stitchery expert guide you in the creation of a top or vest. Must pre-register at 604-592-6956. Friday, May 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 4 sessions, $50 (16yrs+).
Traditional Rug Hooking
Get hooked on rugs! Our instructor shares her passion for rug hooking and all the techniques you need to create a small sampler to take home. Supply fee $85. Must pre-register at 604-592-6956. Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2 sessions, $80 (16yrs+).
Crocheting is stylish, fun and easy. Join other beginning stitchers and learn the skills to create beautiful items for your home and wardrobe. Must pre-register at 604-592-6956. Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 4 sessions, $60.50 (16yrs+).
Discovery Saturday: Ready to Rodeo
Cowpokes of all ages learn the ropes as you lasso and try cow-folk crafts. Tap your toes to western music and enjoy a swinging country square dance performance. Saturday, May 16, 1-4 p.m., all ages, by donation.
Instructor Liza Wajong will share traditional Indonesian techniques to make a batik wall hanging using wax resist and colourful dyes. Supply fee $10. Must pre-register at 604-592-6956. Saturday, May 30, 1-4 p.m., 2 sessions, $47.25 (16yrs+).
At Surrey Archives
17671 – 56 Avenue
Surrey’s First 50 Years
Travel back to Surrey’s roots. We’ve raided the Archives’ vault for rare photos, maps, and papers from 1879 to 1929. Explore major events, residents, and transportation routes of our City’s formative years. Pre-register at 604-502-6459. Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m. to noon, 1 session, $10 (16+yrs).
HISTORIC STEWART FARM
Tour the charming restored 1894 farmhouse, pole barn and heritage gardens, try old-fashioned crafts, take part in a program or special event, and imagine pioneer life at the turn of the 19th century. 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey. 604-592-6956. Hours (May-August): Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday, 12noon-4pm. Entrance by donation. www.surrey.ca/heritage Twitter: @StewartFarm1
Scottish Afternoon Tea
Enjoy delectable farm-baked scones and Scottish shortbread served with a pot of tea and a little Stewart family history. Then explore the charming 1894 farmhouse and grounds with a costumed guide. Must pre-book at 604-592-6956. Fridays, April to June, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m., 1 session, $10.75 (16yrs+).
Old-Fashioned Birthday Parties
Party like it’s 1899! Celebrate your child’s special day the way kids might have done 100 years ago. An instructor will lead partiers in traditional games and a craft to take home. You supply the cake, and let the kids make the ice-cream. Must pre-book at 604-592-6956. Saturdays, 1-3 p.m., $13.75/child (birthday child is free).
Mother’s Day Tea
Treat Mom to cucumber sandwiches and delicious sweets served on the farmhouse verandah by elegantly costumed volunteers. Tour the heirloom gardens and make a Mother’s Day card. Must pre-book at 604=592-6956. Saturday, May 9 or Sunday, May 10, from noon to 1 p.m., or from 2-3 p.m., 1 session $15 (6yrs+).
Royal Victorian Party
Little princes and princesses bring their families to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. Enjoy cake and crafts, watch the hijinks of the colourful Morris dancers, and take a family portrait with the Queen. Sunday, May 17, noon-3 p.m., All ages, by donation.
Heritage DIY: In the Home
Put your do-it-yourself skills to the test! Explore innovations that make home life easier, then create a gadget or gizmo using materials that were available to pioneers. Must pre-book at 604-592-6956. Saturday, May 30, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 session $10.75 (16+yrs).
Join the volunteer team at the Surrey Museum, Historic Stewart Farm or Surrey Archives. Volunteers lead tours or assist with school and public programs, events, heritage gardens, textile crafts, or exhibit and program research. Volunteers receive training and schedules are flexible. Contact us at 604-502-6461 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org