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  • 22 Apr 2019 11:14 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    New at The Learnary: Tiny Polka Dot! A numbers card game made by the great people at Math4Love.  

    This may be the best number game for young kids I have seen! 6 different piles of numbers in different formats to build play and nimbleness with numbers. It comes with 16 different games to play, and has the possibility for creating many more.
    Recommended ages 3 - 8. 
    Come in to The Learnary and ask to play our demonstration game. 

    It includes a guide to grownups, which we love: 1. Learning takes time! 2. Think out loud. 3. Follow their lead. 4. Use your fingers 5. Help Less. 6. Play!

  • 11 Apr 2019 5:41 PM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

     This is a beautiful story of what reconciliation and decolonization could look like. A great book to read with young ( very young, intermediate, and old) readers.
  • 11 Apr 2019 5:40 PM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    Oh my goodness. Surya has made a dream of mine come true (again!).  

    Look at this lovely OPEN sign she has created for The Learnary
    I harbour a not so secret belief that most things in life ought to be communicated in needlepoint.
  • 30 Mar 2019 12:39 PM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    We made a little, special box. Now when you come into the store and see something that you wish for, you can write down your wish in our wish box holder. Friends and family looking to bring you some delight can find some inspiration here.

  • 22 Mar 2019 12:08 PM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    We are so happy to announce that starting April 22nd, we will be offering Music Mornings!!!!

    Mondays at 10:00 and again at 11:00.  
    Play, Sing, Dance, Listen.
    All ages. 

    Offered by Paul Silveria aka Professor Banjo

    Music Mornings Info and Online Sales

  • 20 Mar 2019 6:25 PM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    We just ordered many exciting pysanky supplies and beautiful, Canadian made, egg dyes. They will be coming to The Learnary soon! Great for an all ages, Easter/ spring, family activity. 

    Here's a little introductory video made by the fine folks at Ukrainian EggCessories, our lovely new supplier.

  • 15 Feb 2019 6:02 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    How beautiful is this!

    Make Ink: A Forager's Guild to Natural Inkmaking by Jason Logan

    Currently available at The Learnary.

  • 15 Feb 2019 5:35 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    Letter writing is something we love. Here is a marvellous little post office our friend Lea, who makes the little letter kits The Learnary carries, has made on a wooden path in her part of the world. Perhaps one of our neighbours will be inspired.…/tiny-tilden-post-office/.  Check out the little working light. 

  • 14 Feb 2019 5:24 PM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    "Choose an area of the woods where you can weave and tie cord around trees to create a giant spider's web." Take turns navigating through the web without touching it.  Jane and sorrow and Peter Houghton, expand on this activity and bring many more to us in their lovely book "A Year in Forest School: Outdoor Play and Skill-Building Fun for Every Season." Currently available in The Learnary Shop. 

  • 14 Feb 2019 5:19 PM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

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The Learnary is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. We are humbled by this history and grateful for our use of this land.

Phone: 604-215-1146

2643 East Hastings 

Vancouver, BC 

V5K 1Z5



Free (2 hour) public parking is available 1/2 block north of Hastings between Penticton and Kamloops.

Store Hours

Wednesday  11:00  - 5:00

Thursday 11:00 - 5:00

Friday 11:00 - 5:00

Saturday 11:00 - 5:00

Sunday 11:00 - 5:00

Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. 

Special Hours:

No special hours this season!


Accessibility is important to us. Please note, however, that we are in an old building with limitations.

The Learnary Storefront is on one level.

The front entrance door is 34” wide. There is a short slope outside the front door which rises approximately 5” over 13".

Our bathroom is approximately 57” x 60”.  To access, you need to pass through three doorways. The smallest has a width of 26”. The bathroom is non-gendered.

Our back door (private entrance) has five wooden steps.  

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