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 19th & 20th: Food in Space
From freeze dried foil packs and powdered puddings, check out the kinds of food astronauts on the International Space Station eat. Learn how food can be grown in space with our interactive displays. Let’s Talk Space will be on hand to show how they grow tomatoes from seeds that have been in space. Their experiments help us to understand what effects spending time in space have on plant growth and our food supply.

March 21st, 22nd & 23rd : Robots
With help from Daedalos Academy, you will be able to interact with Lego robots and learn about how robotic technology will be used to go back to the moon, and even off to Mars!

March 24th, 25th & 26th: Engineering in Space
Calling all future Elon Musks! The future of space exploration is going to be a lot cheaper than it used to be which is going to allow more people to send satellites into orbit, so we’re going to need more space engineers! With the help of Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, and local engineering students from UBC and SFU, you will be looking at Cubesats. Mini satellites that will be on display, and you’ll get to see how they work!

March 27th, 28th and April 2nd: 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. There will be stations set up to test to see if you have the right stuff to be a future astronaut.

March 29th & 30th: Mining in Space
The big industry that’s looking to go into space is the mining industry. Asteroids are big rocks in space that have materials that are rare here on Earth. What are some of these rocks, where can we find them on Earth, and how can we identify them? Experts from Minerals Ed will be bringing examples of a variety of rocks we find on Earth and how they differ from rocks in space. There will be meteorites, rocks from space that have landed on Earth, on display.

March 31st & April 1st: 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. Create 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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