Looking through a telescope can lead to amazing discoveries; seeing the rings of Saturn or Jupiter’s moons can leave a lasting impression no matter what your age. Here is your chance to take a look into the great beyond.
Join the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre for a special family event on October 4th all about observing the night sky. Learn how telescopes work, enjoy live demonstrations, a show in the planetarium star theatre, make some fun astronomy crafts and take a look at the night sky through their telescope (weather permitting).
Bring your tweens and teens so they can observe the beauty, wonder and vastness of space, miles away from the seemingly microscopic world of their friends and devices.
Special Family Night Activities
Ground Station Canada Theatre show
The Colour of Fire: An Astronomer’s Tool
During this live presentation, you’ll get to see how astronomers use different types of cameras to learn about the stars. Shows take place at 6:45 pm, 7:15 pm & 9:00 pm
Planetarium Star Theatre show
Capturing the Wonders of the Night Sky
Join our astronomer Rachel Wang and local astrophotographers for a special show in the planetarium. Check out these photographers’ amazing images of the night sky and learn how they get these incredible shots. You will leave inspired and armed with a new way to observe and capture the night sky. 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Tour the observatory and look at the night sky through the telescope
Do some stargazing if weather permits at the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory, which features a super powerful telescope to help you observe the skies around Vancouver. From planets to moons to star clusters, explore the most awe-inspiring views of the universe around you. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic interpretive staff are there to answer your burning questions!
Date: Friday, October 4 2019
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Tickets: Child (18 and under) $15, adults (19+) $20
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).