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New exhibition reveals life growing up in a Richmond of the past

Buying candy from the local store, road hockey and falling into ditches are memories being shared of life as a child in Richmond
Children play on the sand dunes at Garry Point Park in Steveston

Buying candy from the local store, road hockey and falling into ditches – these are all memories being shared in a new exhibition about growing up in Richmond.

The Richmond Museum’s “Richmond Kids,” takes a trip down memory lane, exploring what it was like to grow up in Richmond in different times.

Quotations, photographs and objects from different decades bring to life diverse childhood experiences ranging from school days to buying candy at the local corner store to playing road hockey, Saturday morning language lessons, falling in ditches and adventures with family pets.

The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. in conjunction with Culture Days activities at the Richmond Cultural Centre.

“The Richmond Museum’s newest exhibition looks at Richmond’s past through the eyes of children,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“It will evoke memories for visitors of all ages. Family members can reminisce about how times or places have changed, however so much of childhood is the same.”

Visitors will get hands-on with interactive exhibits, testing themselves in a Richmond-based game of chutes and ladders, sharing favourite childhood memories, building imaginative structures with tiles and blocks, playing games of “I Spy” and hopscotch, creating colourful art and enjoying a quiet moment with a book in the story corner.

Richmond Kids runs from Saturday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Aug. 25, 2024 at the Richmond Museum (7700 Minoru Gate), in the Richmond Cultural Centre.

Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Admission is by donation.

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