Most kids grow up believing that cemeteries are spooky. But the Kamloops Museum and Archives is trying to dispel that notion with a new educational tour of burial grounds geared just for kids.
“It’s a way for children to learn about Kamloops history and take the fear factor out of cemeteries,” said Melissa Baker, museum educator for the City of Kamloops.
On Oct. 19, six- to 12-year-olds can sign up for a tour of the Pleasant Street cemetery and learn about the fascinating people and events that made Kamloops what it is today.
“We have soldiers that have lost their lives in the war. We have a section of people who lost their lives due to influenza,” said Baker. “So it’s a really good glimpse into things that have gone on in our history.”
The idea for the tour sprang out of a grown-up version of the program that became very popular, said Baker.
“They’d say ‘This would be great for my child.’”
Adults can accompany their kids on the hour-long tour or drop off youth at the museum shortly before the 3 p.m. start.
Participants must pre-register by calling 250-828-3576. The cost is $8.