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Media Release
December 18, 2017
Halifax, NS

Holiday Family Fun Day - Explorers Ahoy

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and spend time with your family. This year’s Holiday Family Fun Day theme is Explorers Ahoy! Beginning at 10:00 am on Friday, December 22, with activities and events happening for the entire day. Drop in for the English or French screening of Disney’s Moana, learn how to hula dance with Monique Ryan of Serpentine Studios, navigate using the stars with Discovery Centre’s mobile planetarium and get crafty with Andrea Tsang Jackson. Whatever adventure you choose, expect a fun learning experience and a chance to reconnect with your family. Family Fun Day is included with regular Museum admission.

The Vimy Conference, presented in partnership with Alliance Française Halifax, will be of interest to historians, researchers, veterans, students, and all who are intrigued by Canada’s military history.

Holiday Family Fun Day - Explorers Ahoy!
Friday, December 22
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7


10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Art making activity with Andrea Tsang Jackson, Windsor Foundation Classroom.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (break 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) : Mobile Planetarium with Discovery Centre, Hall of Tribute.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Refuge Canada sneak peek: 15 foot inflatable raft, Hall of Tribute.
11:00 am: Moana screening - English, Bronfman Theatre.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Hula dance performance and workshop with Serpentine Studios, Hall of Tribute
2:00 pm: Moana screening - French, Bronfman Theatre.

Quick Facts:

  • Family Fun Day - Explorers Ahoy! is designed to be an opportunity for families to escape from the pressures of the holidays and spend some quality time together relaxing and having fun
  • Monique Ryan, cofounder of Serpentine Studios has studied body movement and exercise in depth and holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Yoga Teacher Training. She is Halifax's original Tribal Fusion belly dance and Hula Hoop instructor.
  • The Discovery Centre brings you to the moon, stars and solar system with their inflatable StarLab Portable Planetarium.
  • Andrea Tsang Jackson was the Museum’s Artist in Residence, 2016 - 2017. She is an emerging textile artist and holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work has been published in Uppercase, Flare, the Chronicle Herald, and The Coast: Halifax’s Weekly. She was the recipient of the Etsy Canada Award for New Talent in 2016.


“Family Fun Day is a great way to kick off the holiday break! There will be a film screening, art-making, hula dancing, and a look at the stars. All of these activities are fun for the whole family. We hope that Family Fun Day will introduce children to the concept of immigration, and will help build understanding and empathy about immigration as they keep growing and learning. We want Family Fun day to change the way people think about Museums; they aren’t always quiet spaces! They are also place to play, and learn new and unexpected things.” - Alexandra Cherry, Acting Public Programs Manager, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Today, the Museum shares the stories and experiences of all immigrants to Canada, past to present day. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.


Media Contact
Beatrice Houston-Gilfoy, Communications Specialis
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Telephone: (902) 425-7770 ext. 264