spring break fun: discover the future of space exploration at the h.r. macmillan space centre

What’s next for space exploration? Visiting Mars? The colonization of another planet? Visit the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre this Spring Break to explore the newest frontiers in space exploration. There are different activities running daily from 11:30 am – 4 pm, all included in the price of admission. Plus there are new live shows and planetarium shows too!


Here’s what’s happening:

March 19, 20:  Food in Space
From freeze-dried foil packs to powdered puddings check out the kinds of food astronauts on the International Space Station eat. Let’s Talk Science will be on hand to show how they grow tomatoes from seeds that have been in space and AVA Technologies will be demonstrating their Smart Indoor Garden that could potentially be adapted for growing food on the space station or Mars habitats.

March 21, 27, 28: Robots in Space
Interact with Lego robots from Daedalos Academy and learn about how robotic technology will be used to go back to the moon, and even off to Mars!

March 22, 23, 29,30: Your Body in Space
How does being in space affect how we see, taste and smell? What happens to our muscles? The effects of space on our bodies may be the biggest challenge to overcome as we send humans back to the Moon and even further to Mars. Test to see if you have the right stuff to be a future astronaut.

March 24, 25, 26: Engineering in Space
Calling all future Elon Musks! With the increasing number of satellites being sent into orbit, we need more engineers to design and deploy them. Come hang out with Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, and local engineering students from UBC and SFU, to see how mini CubeSat satellites work.

March 31 April 1, 2: Culture in Space
When humans go to space we will be bringing an entire history with us. Individuals may choose to bring their favourite books and music with them, but soon they will need to create their own art. In this activity, we’ll be creating space art with views of our home planet Earth, as well as the Moon, and Mars!


For all sorts of awesome space-related fun and discovery, visit the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre with your kids this Spring Break. It might inspire your kiddo to become the next Elon Musk, Chris Hadfield, or Roberta Bondar!

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
Extended hours for Spring Break: March 19th – April 2nd, 10 am – 5 pm
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

Presented by H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

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