The Space Centre ramps up the fun with their cosmic year in review holiday schedule. Celebrate with them as they look back at the year in space exploration and enlighten curious minds. Every day features a unique DIY craft and programming that highlights the amazing cosmic events from 2017. Also, a peek at what’s on the horizon for 2018!
The family activities and special programming will run from December 26th to January 7th from 11:30 am – 4 pm daily. From sci-fi to space travel to black holes, you and your kidlets will have a blast learning all about space!
All activities are included with general admission.
Make your own Comet
Like snowflakes, every comet is different, and there are many different materials that form them such as ice, rocks, and even frozen gas! What happens to this frozen material when it gets close to the sun? The mystery will be revealed after you make your own icy space rock out of Styrofoam and ribbon! >> Find out more
If you could fly aboard any spacecraft, which one would you choose? The Millennium Falcon? The USS Enterprise? The Tardis? Create your own celestial space art, based on what you imagine it would be like to fly through galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters. How close are we to what we see in sci-fi movies? Make a sci-fi masterpiece while learning about the science of science fiction! >> Find out more
Saturn’s amazing rings, clouds, and huge family of moons make it a planet of wonder and awe. The incredible 20 year Cassini mission to Saturn concluded this year – what did we learn from it? Build a Saturn system model, compete with rings and moons. >> Find out more
Have you ever made paper airplanes that you could sail through the air? Or paper sailboats to race with your friends? That is the art of origami, a technique of paper folding. Learn how to make origami spaceships; from a simple plane, to a more elaborate X-Wing fighter. >> Find out more
Full activities calendar
- Spectroscope, December 28th
- Pastel Aurora, December 29th
- Sun’s Corona Eclipse Art, December 30th
- Make your own Satellite, December 31st
- DIY Mission Patches, January 1st
- Alien Abduction, January 3rd
- Black Hole Art, January 4th
- Make a Portal to the Universe, January 5th
- Make your own Constellation Mobile, January 6th
In addition to these great activities, you and your family can discover the wonders the Space Centre offers year-round, like taking in a show at the Planetarium Star Theatre, enjoying interactive fun at the Cosmic Courtyard, or learning what it’s like to be a real astronaut at the Ground Station Canada Theatre.
The Space Centre is extending its hours over the holiday break, so you can jam in as much space-fun as possible! Open daily from 10 am – 5 pm, December 26, 2017 to January 7, 2018.
H.R. Macmillan Space Centre
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
More than a tourist attraction, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a non-profit community resource that provides a unique learning experience for all. Visitors can learn about space and the night sky through planetarium star theatre shows, live demonstrations, and an interactive exhibit gallery. Next to the Space Centre is the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory.