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The Da Vinci Experience

Genius Lessons

Besides painting the Mona Lisa, was there anything polymath Leonardo da Vinci couldn’t do? The Da Vinci Experience, making its North American debut at Tsawwassen Mills with no scheduled end date, highlights the engineering skills of the archetypal Renaissance man. Featuring 10 models of his flying and other machines, the touring exhibition also includes a virtual reality tour of Leonardo’s Florence workshop and immersive digital projections of his artworks. $19.99-$25.99; family passes available; face masks mandatory; tickets at

Magic Show

Even if Gandalf and Harry Potter aren’t your bag of tricks, Wings and Wizards looks worth checking out for a spell. The immersive, family-friendly exhibit, produced by local nonprofit Shine Experiences, transforms 7,000 square feet of BC Place stadium into a magic-themed adventure zone for wannabe sorcerers. After testing your wand at Madame Wisteria’s, it’s off to the Evil Hall of Arcane Wizardry and the Enchanted Forest. While you’re at it, maybe you can make COVID disappear. Through September 6 $65 and up; duo and family packages start at $100; face masks mandatory; tickets at

Scaling Conversations

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Now that COVID has made distributed workforces the norm, there must be a better way to communicate with employees than calling town-hall meetings, holding focus groups and sending out yet another survey. In Scaling Conversations: How Leaders Access the Full Potential of People, Dave MacLeod offers a compelling alternative to those methods, which tend to reflect only the loudest voices. MacLeod is co-founder and CEO of Rossland-based ThoughtExchange, whose online platform lets leaders quickly and inclusively consult groups of all sizes about decisions. Arguing that scaling conversations is the new leadership competency, he shows how to create the right conditions, ask worthwhile questions and do something useful with the results. Wiley 192 pages, hardcover, $35.99