School Field Trips

We welcome students and youth groups of all ages to join us for engaging, hands-on learning activities designed to spark curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking.

School Programs

The Chinatown Storytelling Centre welcomes school visits for grades 5 and up, with a range of guided tours, learning activities, and neighbourhood walks as available options.

We are currently offering three school programs that can be adapted to suit your students’ interests and needs.

The programs can also be paired with a visit to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Please see below for program descriptions and how to sign up.

Program Options

Chinatown Journeys

In this guided school program, students will learn about the history and cultural life of Vancouver’s Chinatown through our interactive exhibits and touchable teaching collection. Delving into the lived experiences and mementos of Chinatown’s diverse residents, students will gain an appreciation for the community’s resilient spirit and rich cultural heritage.

Total length

1 - 2 hours

Grade levels

adaptable to all grade levels

Cost per student


Home and Belonging in Chinatown

How did Chinese immigrant communities maintain a sense of identity and overcome the challenges of discrimination to settle in Vancouver’s Chinatown? How did they strive to create a sense of home and belonging?

Students will explore these questions by engaging with our interactive exhibits and touchable teaching collection. By investigating replicas of historic photos, head tax certificates, and personal belongings, students will be introduced to discriminatory policies that defined the Chinese Canadian experience as well the community’s diligent efforts to overcome them.

Connections to the BC Social Studies Big Ideas

Grade 5

- Canada’s policies and treatment of minority peoples have negative and positive legacies.
- Immigration and multiculturalism continue to shape Canadian society and identity.

Grade 6

- Systems of government vary in their respect for human rights and freedoms.
- Media sources can both positively and negatively affect our understanding of important events and issues.

Total length

1 - 2 hours

Grade levels


Cost per student


Chinatown On the Move

As a distinctive neighbourhood filled with cultural monuments and historic sites, Chinatown’s public places are a precious and integral part of the city. Yet the neighbourhood is evolving quickly and many heritage sites are starting to disappear. How might we imagine a future Chinatown that honours and protects its heritage while welcoming new ideas and communities?

We’ll survey Chinatown’s past and present sites of cultural significance and invite students to imagine the neighbourhood’s next phase of growth and revitalization with a creative “vision board” activity.

Connections to the BC Social Studies Big Ideas

Grade 9

- Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.
- Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
- The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.

Grade 10

- Historical and contemporary injustices challenge the narrative and identity of Canada as an inclusive, multicultural society. 

Grade 11

- Decision making in urban and regional planning requires balancing political, economic, social, and environmental factors.

Grade 12

- Social justice initiatives can transform individuals and systems.

Total length

1 - 2 hours

Grade levels


Cost per student


Optional Add-On Activities

Joint visit to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden.

We can help arrange a longer (2-3 hours) guided visit to Chinatown that includes a visit to the Chinatown Storytelling Centre, a short walking tour, and a visit to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden.

The itinerary is adaptable to fit your schedule and class size.

For more information on pricing and booking, please contact April Liu, Manager of Public Programs and Education: april.liu@chinatownfoundation.org.

Guided walking tours.

A 30 - 60 minute guided walking tour may be added to your visit, highlighting Chinatown’s unique heritage and cultural sites along Pender Street. Additional cost: $8 per student, adult chaperones join for free.

How to Sign Up

To book your next visit, please write to April Liu,
Manager of Public Programs and Education, april.liu@chinatownfoundation.org.

Educational Group Rate Policy

  • We require a minimum 10 paying participants to grant the Educational Group rate. If your numbers drop below 10 on the day of your visit, we will charge for 10 participants at the regular ticket price.
  • Teacher / Adult Chaperone rate policy:
    • Pre-K to Grade 7: one adult per 5 students admitted free.
    • Secondary and post-secondary: one adult per 10 students admitted free.
  • An invoice for the total booking fee will be sent to the school contact listed above at the conclusion of the visit.

Visitation Guidelines

  • Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the group’s behaviour at all times. Please stay with your group and make sure all accompanying adult chaperones are aware of their responsibilities.
  • The CSC reserves the right to “sit out” or remove students due to disruptive behaviour.
  • Please use quiet voices in the exhibition areas and limit talking on cell phones.
  • No running, pushing, or shouting allowed.
  • No smoking, eating, drinking, or gum chewing allowed.
  • The CSC is not responsible for lost or damaged items.
  • Photography for personal use is permitted.

Thank you for observing these guidelines to ensure a wonderful experience for all visitors. We look forward to your visit!

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding School Visits

Where can we park?

While the Chinatown Storytelling Centre does not offer on-site parking, there is an EasyPark parking complex located three-minutes away in Chinatown Plaza at 106 Keefer Street. There is also metered street parking.

School bus parking: Please proceed to the free 2 hr bus parking on Keefer Street between Carrall St. and Columbia St., just behind the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden.

What about public transport?

Bus: The 19, 22, 50, 3, and 8 buses stop at the intersection of Pender and Main Street.

SkyTrain: The Chinatown Storytelling Centre is a ten-minute walk from Stadium-Chinatown Station and Main Street-Science World Station.

What do we do when we arrive?

Upon arrival, please proceed to the Ticketing Desk to check in.

We are running late! What shall we do?

Please let us know by calling the On-site Facilitator listed on the booking form or our main line: 604-225-0055.

Can we store our backpacks?

If a visit is happening on a Tuesday or Wednesday: backpacks and jackets can be left in the CSC’s lobby as we will be closed to the public. If a visit is happening on Thursday - Monday, all personal items must remain with the students as we will not have any storage areas available.

Please note that the CSC is NOT responsible for lost or stolen items.

Is the CSC fully accessible?

Yes, we are accessible on one ground floor with wheelchair accessible washrooms.

What do you suggest for lunch arrangements?

Like most museums, our exhibit has a strict no food or drink policy for all visitors inside the exhibit areas. Chinatown is home to many delicious restaurants and cafes and we are happy to provide suggestions if your group is interested in eating in a nearby establishment.

If you have any other questions not covered here, please contact April Liu, Manager of Public Programs and Education april.liu@chinatownfoundation.org.

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