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Spring Break at the Space Centre – The Next Giant Leap

Are you ready to go where no man (or child) has gone before? Do you have what it takes to be a Mars colonist or an asteroid geologist? Join us over Spring Break to learn about living on Mars and the future of space exploration. We will have family friendly activities running from 11:30am to 4:00pm, and will be premiering the film Asteroid: Mission Extreme in the Planetarium Star Theatre.

Food in Space
March 19th & 20th
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.

Robots in Space
March 21st, 27th & 28th
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!

Your Body in Space
March 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th
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.

Engineering in Space
March 24th, 25th & 26th 
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. 

Culture in Space
March 31st, April 1st & 2nd
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! 

After you’ve filled your head with visions of planets, asteroids, satellites and astro-food, plant your feet back down on earth and head outside to Vanier Park and fly a kite, kick a ball around or wander down to Kits beach.

Details: No registration required. All Spring Break activities are part of our general admission and are recommended for children ages 7-8 and up.

For more information call 604.738.7827 ext. 240 or email

Sponsored by H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, a Crisp Media Community Builder

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.

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