We will have lots of things to keep kids entertained at our open house, including:

  • Check out our Invertebrate Touch Tank, outside the cafeteria, and learn about what you might see in tidepools and on the beach
  • Play the Deep-Sea ROV game outside of the cafeteria
  • Enjoy some food or ice cream at the Food Trucks outside of the cafeteria
  • Take a tour of various smaller Coast Guard vessels and see some of the things that Coast Guard does on the water
  • Step aboard the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell and tour a big Coast Guard boat.
  • Learn how 3D printers are being used to fabricate parts for our research
  • Have a look at some small animals and plants under the microscope
  • Tour some of our smaller boats used for Hydrographic research and how charts (maps of the ocean) are made
  • Check out our gliders, small airplane-like devices, that sample the ocean on their own
  • Join the Vancouver Island Regional Library for an earth and ocean-themed storytime at 10:30 and 12:30 in the cafeteria
  • The DFO Library will host a kids’ zone in the cafeteria – we will have a craft area and a reading corner with ocean themed books, puzzles, games and more
  • Find out why we use lots of old train wheels in our research activities
  • There will be Coast Guard merchandise for sale on the Grenfell (cash or Interac accepted)
  • There will be Science merchandise for sale at the front entrance (cash or credit accepted)

Please note that strollers are welcome and the building has elevators for those families with young ones. Strollers cannot be brought aboard the Grenfell, but may be left on the jetty while you tour the vessel.

All visitors going on board Coast Guard vessels require closed-toed shoes, including kids. Please ensure that everyone in your family are wearing closed-toed and low profile-heeled shoes, such as running shoes, loafers, or similar. Sorry, those with sandals, clogs, flip-flops, “Crocs” (even in sport mode), or any shoe with exposed toes or a significant heel will not be able to tour the vessel due to safety considerations.