Kids 3 and Under
At the Museum
For families with children 3 and under.
The Museum knows the importance of a shared family experience on a visit to the site. Going underground is a part of this and we want it to be a fun and memorable experience for everyone in your group. We often get asked the question about how suitable the underground tour portion of a museum visit is for young children, particularly those under 3 years of age.
Here are some considerations for parents and guardians:
- There must be one adult for every child aged 3 years and under.
- Children may notice the dark, cold, damp and noisy conditions of the tunnel more than an adult. Please judge accordingly your decision to take young children underground. Our Admissions Staff can give you helpful suggestions and options.
- All children must wear a hard hat and one will be provided to a parent or guardian so that everyone has a hard hat underground. You may need to hold it over the child’s head. Our tunnel is extremely safe and inspected regularly. Hardhats underground are the law under the BC Mines Act.
- Parent/Guardians will be provided with earplugs for themselves so that they can cover a child’s ears during the short but loud demonstrations.
- Lights will be turned off. There will be total darkness for a moment or two, followed by a demonstration of working conditions by candlelight.
- A Heritage Interpreter describes the conditions of mining in the past; the tour is designed for a mixed but primarily adult audience. The train ride is fun – but not the focus of the tour.
- We ask that parents/guardians keep in mind the pleasure and interests of others on the tour. Some young children can be impatient at listening which can be distracting.
- If in the event you feel you must leave the tour with your child, your guide will be able to tell you when it is appropriate to do so and how to exit the tunnel.
- On busy days, the Museum reserves the right to regulate the children to adult ratio overall on each tour.