RBCM@Home (Kids) Railroad Lanterns and Signals

Railroad Lanterns and Signals with the Bulkley Valley Museum

Railroads connect communities around British Columbia and across Canada. And occasionally, railroads are the very thing that help bring about community.

This is the case with Smithers, BC, and for this session we'll travel up to Smithers to visit the Bulkley Valley Museum. Curator Kira Westby will guide us through an activity of making a railroad paper lantern, and help explore with us the fascinating history of railroads and communication. Once we make our paper lantern, we'll also learn the motions to communicate using your lantern to help the trains go by.

Woot, woot. All aboard!!

Supplies needed:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tape

RBCM @ Home (Kids) is hosted by Chris O'Connor. 

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If you are not able to access through Zoom, we will also be streaming on Facebook Live. Please visit the Royal BC Museum Facebook page.

If you missed past sessions, check out our RBCM @ Home (Kids) YouTube page.

RBCM @ Home (Kids) is like a museum playdate online. Visit with members of the museum staff who are working from home, along with families from across BC, as we make and learn together. Each session will have some kind of making activity, so get your paper and pencil crayons ready. RBCM @ Home(Kids) takes place on Wednesdays at 11 am, visit our calendar for topics, presenters and a list of materials so you can join in with hands-on activities at home.

For adults and youth, check out RBCM @ Home. This program takes place on Tuesdays at 12pm and highlights members of the curatorial and collections staff who are working from home during the pandemic and discover how they do their work, how their work is reflected in their homes and what they're working on now.

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Chris O’Connor
Learning Program Developer

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