Ring in the New Year | Kids Out and About Vancouver

Ring in the New Year

*The event has already taken place on this date: Sun, 01/02/2022
We invite you to Ring in the New Year at the VMM on Sunday, January 2. This family-friendly event features crafts and activities centred around the tradition of ringing in the new year. The fun begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m., and you can stop in any time. Crafts and activities will happen throughout the day. If you want to take part in the story time portion of the day, plan to be at the museum for 11:30 a.m.

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11:30 a.m.

Enjoy a reading of the Indigenous story, The Salmon Twins, that’s sure to inspire New Year’s resolutions.

About the Book

Salmon Twins by Carol Simpson

When new twins are born in a mythical Pacific Coast village, everyone celebrates. Twins are the children of the salmon. But when the twins grow selfish and greedy, Thunderbird transforms them into a two-headed sea serpent. Can the serpent’s heads learn to work together? Caroll Simpson’s dramatic tale of young twins and their transformation shows how working together keeps a community healthy.

Caroll Simpson is the author and illustrator of Coastal Spirit Tales—a series of children’s books that take inspiration from the art, mythology, and environment of the Pacific Northwest—and two board books for younger children, Creatures of the Land and Sky and Creatures of the Sea. She is also an educator who taught Indigenous art and drama to elementary school children for over twenty years.

Ongoing Activities
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Did you know that ships at sea used to ring their bells 16 times at midnight on New Year’s Eve? They would ring eight times to mark the old year and eight to mark the new year. Noise-making traditions can be found in many cultures. In Japanese Buddhist temples, bells are rung 108 time on New Year’s Eve. The chimes represent a cleansing of 108 worldly passions. The Nisga’a First Nation celebrates Hobiyee, the end of winter and the beginning of the new year. Hobiyee is celebrated with drumming and song, as the community thinks about their hopes for a prosperous new year. At Ring in the New Year, you’ll learn more about these, and many other noise-making traditions. You’ll also get to:

  • Take part in a scavenger hunt for the many bells on display in the museum
  • Take part in a new year’s resolution craft
  • Get crafty and make your very own ship’s bell.
  • At noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. take part in a tradition of ringing in the new year aboard the St. Roch


Ring in the New Year is free with admission to the museum.

Family Admission: $38 (includes 2 adults and up to 4 children)

For a complete list of ticket prices, use the book now button, which will take you to the option to buy museum admission. If you wish to take part in the story time portion of the day, book your tickets for any time before 11:30 a.m.. 

Please note that all visitors over the age of 12 will need to provide proof of vacination, and all guests are required to wear a mask. If you have questions, or if you have difficulty booking this event, please email programs@vanmaritime.com.

*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park
Vancouver, BC, V6J 1A3


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begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.
Ring in the New Year is free with admission to the museum. Family Admission: $38 (includes 2 adults and up to 4 children)


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