Free Activities for the Whole Family!

Family Fun Zone Presents

Vancouver Island Exhibition Offers free activities for children and youth during the fair.

The Vancouver Island Exhibition is pleased to present this year’s activity highlights, along with annual favorites.

Our New Name!!!!!!

For 2019 VIEx will now have a Family Fun Zone. Formally called the Kids Zone and the Youth Zone, VIEx has put the zones together. There will be new banners, new location, and a new Mini Golf area the Youth Committee created with help from student volunteers.

Activities & Fun Competitions

Every year the Family Fun Zone hosts a number of competitions.

Children’s Parade and Pet Show: Dress your best! Cowboys, cowgirls, pets in costumes, Batman, or anything you like. Meet at Gate 4 by 11:00 am Saturday on the fair grounds dressed to win!

Veggie Race:  Pick a veggie, turn it into a car, and see who wins. Friday at 11:am in the Family Fun Zone.

Farmer For a Day: Every year VIEx has some of your favorite agricultural activities. Straw maze, milking cow, gardening, and apple picking. Come be a Farmer For a Day and get your ribbons while having fun being a farmer.

For more information please contact Contessa at cabbott@viex.ca

Youth Committee

In 2017 VIEx Family Fun Zone Director started a Youth Committee to help bring a fresh and young voice to the fair. That year the youth brought innovate ideas for activities in the Family Fun Zone and created a Youth area in the Zone. Now both children and youth can enjoy the space. That year they had 5 youth who volunteered their time throughout the year to bring activities like Karaoke, Twister, Virtual reality and Live Action Role Playing to the fair. During the fair the youth also conducted market research with others that had attended. Based on the findings of their survey they have been planning for future years. In January of 2018 the Youth Committee have had 6 new youth join the committee and created a Youth Dance and DJ area. Can’t wait to see what 2019 and the future for the Youth Committee will be.

Donations, volunteer time, and idea’s are all welcomed. All those over 19 years of age must have a criminal record check done in-house.  Set up crew and clean-up crew for the Kids/Youth Zone is also needed. Please contact Family Fun Zone Director Contessa at cabbott@viex.ca to volunteer or donate.

Boys and Girls Clubs Of Central Vancover Island, Proud sponsor of the VIEx Safe Kids Program!

This year in the Family Fun Zone visit the Boys and Girls booth to recive your Safe Kids bands and info.

Great Tips to Be Prepared

Take a family photo on your cellphone before you leave for the fair. Make sure it clearly shows your children and what they are wearing. This will provide officials with much better information than a verbal description.

What to Do When Your Child goes missing at VIEx?

  • First, stay calm so you can think. Kids don’t usually stray too far.
  • Do a quick search of the immediate area at child’s eye height. Notice anything that may have caught your child’s attention.
  • Call out your child’s name as you scan and search.
  • Keep the rest of your group together.
  • Do not wander off yourself. If everyone goes in different directions, everyone gets lost.
  • Inform the nearest VIEX employee or volunteer. All VIEX Employee and volunteers are instructed on what to do in cases of separated children.

When you get there, show your children these things:

  • Designate a meeting point.Pick a spot easily visible from everywhere in the park to be your family’s meeting place.
  • Safe Kids Booth will be in the Family Fun Zone.Tell your children to keep the bands on and to tell VIEx staff if they are lost.
  • Important people.Point out to your child who to go to if they get separated: fair staff, police, security, etc.

Young Kids (7 years old and under)

  • Register your name and obtain a sticker from the BGCCVI tent (located on map). Written on it should be your child’s first and last name, your name, and your mobile number.
  • Dress them in bright colors. .
  • Hold your child’s hand.
  • Place very small children in strollers and tie an identifying ribbon on the stroller. Many strollers look alike.

Older Kids (8 years and up)

  • If your child has a phone, program it with all the contact numbers they will need.
  • Use a buddy system. Have them go in pairs to anywhere they might be starting to go independently– to the bathroom, on rides, etc.
  • Have a plan and designated meeting place.
  • Teach them about stranger danger. Be cautious with grown-ups asking for help, never approach a strange car, yell loudly if a stranger tries to get them to go somewhere, etc.

The BGCCVI and Family Fun Zone also provides Change Table and Nursing Area (see VIEX map for location)