Got a space nerd in the household? An astronaut wannabe? Or maybe a a STEM whiz? Then be sure to visit the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre this holiday season where they’ll be celebrating the latest Canadian astronaut heading to space. Our own David Saint-Jacques will be flying to the International Space Station on his first mission this December where he’ll be eating freeze dried turkey and mashed potatoes for Christmas dinner ( … or will he?).
Check out the live science demonstrations where you and the kids can learn how David will be living on the space station, how he will eat, where he will sleep, and what experiments he’ll be doing in micro-gravity.
Also, be sure to create your own mission patch, just like David did, and make mini-astronaut figurines to take home. These special activities will be running daily as part of your general admission from December 26th to January 7th.
The celebration continues on January 2nd with a Perihelion family night. Count down to the point in the Earth’s orbit when it is closest to the Sun.
Either way, you know your visit will be out of this world!
PS: Looking for a super cool Christmas Gift? Dedicate a Star to someone you love.
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
Location: The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vanier Park
Cost: Included with regular admission. Children under 5 are free.
Dates: December 26th to January 7th, 10 am to 5 pm
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
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).