The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) started a new program on November 1, 2012, called the Vancouver Inspiration Pass that lets families and kids enjoy Vancouver attractions and activities for free!
Here's how it works: If you have a VPL library card and are aged 14+, you can check out/borrow (just like a book) one Vancouver Inspiration Pass per year. You get the Vancouver Inspiration Pass for two weeks, during which time you can use the Pass to get free general admission to a variety of Vancouver attractions for you and your family (two adults and two kids under 18) or for a group of kids (up to 6 kids aged 14 - 18).
Because the VPL has only 120 Passes to loan out at any one time, you must place a hold (again, just as you would on a book) for your Pass. One week before the Pass is available to you, the VPL will notify you via phone or email. Starting on the day your Pass arrives (at your designated VPL Branch), you have the Pass for two weeks--so make sure you pick up the Pass as soon as you can, so you can maximize your free entries. You won't need to return the Pass at the end of your two weeks; it will expire automatically.
The Vancouver Inspiration Pass includes free general admission to:
- Beaty Biodiversity Museum
- Bloedel Conservatory
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
- H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
- Maison Musée Roedde/Roedde House Museum
- Museum of Vancouver
- Nitobe Memorial Garden
- Science World
- UBC Botanical Garden
- UBC Museum of Anthropology
- Vancouver Aquarium
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Vancouver Maritime Museum
- Vancouver Police Museum
- VanDusen Botanical Garden
The Pass also gets you free admission to one pitch and putt, one ice skating rink, cultural attractions, and more. See the Vancouver Inspiration Pass/VPL site for all the relevant information.
This is a great way "try out" Vancouver attractions for families and kids. For example, if you haven't been to Science World before, you can use the free admission to see if it appeals to your kids and, if it does, get the season pass (which is a much better value than paying for general admission more than two times). For families with young kids, check out my Guide to Vancouver Attractions for Kids for ideas on which attractions to explore during your two-week Pass.
If you've used the Vancouver Inspiration Pass, please comment--I'd love to hear what you think of this new program!
Image Courtesy of Science World