HISTORIC STEWART FARM
At Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey, "Preschool Storytime at the Farm" on Wednesday, March 13, from 10: 30 to 11: 30 a.m., features a Beatrix Potter tale, songs and crafts. Session fee is $5; call 604-592-6956 to pre-register, or visit www.surrey.ca/heritage.
The farmhouse, at 13723 Crescent Rd., also plays host to a Children's Literature Spring Break Camp from March 19 to 21 and also from March 26 to 28 (three sessions for $70, age seven to 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily). Celebrate classic children's books through interpretive hands-on activities and crafts, storytelling and tours. Picnic with Anne of Green Gables, explore the forest with Robin Hood, and discover what's hiding in the Wild Wood with Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad.
Libraries in Delta offer a couple of free magic shows during spring break that are sure to entertain the entire family.
International award-winning comedy magician Rick Mearns performs as Tricky Ricky on Tuesday, March 19 for customers of George Mackie Library (10: 30 a.m., at 8440 112 St., North Delta), Tsawwassen Library, (1 p.m. at Tsawwassen Town Centre
Mall) and Ladner Pioneer Library (3: 30 p.m.), and Joseph the Magician offers a fun-filled, high-energy, interactive magic show on Wednesday, March 27 at George Mackie Library (10: 30 a.m.), Tsawwassen Library (1 p.m.) and Ladner Pioneer Library (3: 30 p.m.). For details, visit www.fvrl.ca.
URBAN SAFARI RESCUE SOCIETY
South Surrey's Urban Safari Rescue Society offers guided tours of its 200plus animals at its zoo, 1395 176th St. A guide can take you from the insect world to the mammal world, and visit all the other animal families in between, in an hour-long tour, offered seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (call ahead to confirm, 604-531-1100). Tarantulas, lizards, dragons and other creatures are featured on the tours, the suggested donation for which is $10 per adult and $6 per child/senior. For a closer look at the society's facility, visit www. urbansafarirescue.ca.
Surrey Museum will be a very busy place during the month of March, at 17710 56A Ave. in Cloverdale. For the following events, call 604-592-6956 to pre-register or for more details.
During a "Tot Tour: Pioneer Playtime" session on March 15, discover pioneer games, take part in a sing-a-long, then make and play with homemade toys. Must pre-register (fee $6.50, 10: 30 a.m. start).
The museum's "Celtic Fest" event on Saturday, March 16 is a by-donation celebration of Celtic music, dancing and creativity, from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn about Celtic history through local community groups, and get creative with Celtic crafts.
The "Spring Break Family Drop-in: Fossil Science" runs daily from March 19 to 22 (10: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m., by donation). Explore the world of fossils - the remains of plants, animals and other organisms from different geologic periods. Participate in a variety of activities and see the "Fossils of B.C." exhibit, on loan from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
Another drop-in event, "The Vikings," happens at the museum from March 26 to 28 (10: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m., by donation). Learn the real story of everyday Viking life by participating in Norse-related activities and exploring the Museum's feature exhibit, Vikings: Master Mariners, Traders, Colonists and Artisans.
On March 20, a "Kids Can Knit" session offers a kids (age eight to 12) a chance to make cool wristbands, funky bags, headbands and other projects, from 4 to 5: 30 p.m.
Preschoolers can enjoy hands-on fun as they learn how clothing was made in days gone by during "Craft It with Wool," at 1: 30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 (fee $10.25). Try weaving and felting and make a woolly sheep to take home.
On Friday, March 22 from 5 to 8 p.m., "Amazing Race: Viking Style" lets kids (age 10 to 14) work as a team to solve tricky tests, complete Norse tasks, figure out Viking riddles and uncover clues around the museum's exhibit gallery to win the competition. Afterward, there's hot pizza and cold pop. The session fee is $20.50.
FORT LANGLEY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Fort Langley National Historic Site, it's all about "spring survival" from March 16 to 24. During that week, people are invited to drop in to see if they have what it takes to survive as a fur trader. Learn to start fire the traditional way with flint and steel at 11 a.m. Then, once you've mastered fire starting, participate in the "Fur Trader time trials" at 12: 30 p.m. and test your skills carrying fur bales. At 2 p.m., hear the bang of musket fire echo through the fort, bake bannock over the open fire at 3 p.m. and then hone your finger weaving skills at 3: 30 p.m. Throughout the day, visit the blacksmith shop, identify wild animal tracks and complete your Xplorers activities book for a certificate and a prize. Enjoy lunch at the Full Barrel Café. Regular admission applies. For details, visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley or call 604-513-4777.