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If you're like my wife and I, with a 14-month old toddler perpetually on the go, keeping him entertained is first and foremost. Do you watch re-runs of Elmo on TV, or head out and find something the whole family will enjoy? Considering Elmo makes us want to put our foot through the TV, heading out for entertainment is a must. Last Sunday we discovered Super Sundays
at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Super Sunday transforms the gallery space into a fun-filled place for families with children (12 and under) to learn about art together. Children and adults are invited to draw, paint, sculpt and watch and engage in dance performances. The thing I really liked about Super Sunday was that all the projects are tied in somehow to the current exhibition at the gallery. So it's not just a place to let your kids finger paint and mash modelling clay, they actually learn about the art that surrounds them through hands-on projects. We found the staff to be very helpful and amazingly patient with kids who likely stand just a little too close to the art. To be honest I was surprised how casual the gallery was about the art. You'd think with hundreds of kids tearing through the gallery space everything would be roped off, but the kids get to experience the works just like anyone else. On the Sunday we went, the gallery was packed with parents and kids, the perfect atmosphere for our son who is just starting to socialize with other children, not to mention my wife and I got to take in the exhibition too. Needless to say, the three of us had a great time. So if your family finds itself in Vancouver the third Sunday of any given month, might I suggest heading to Super Sunday at the Vancouver Art Gallery. You won't be disappointed, and it's far and away better than any Elmo re-run you'll find on TV.