Visit the Canada Aviation and Space Museum over March Break and learn All About Space! Each day, the museum will focus on a different aspect of basic astronaut training. Learn about flight training, parachute training, and more – with fun, interactive activities. Watch daily demonstrations of Shaping the Future in Space, or take part in self-guided craft activities. Activities will be available for children of all ages.
Demonstrations and Activities
Rocket Adventures (ages 3 to 7)
Daily at 11 a.m. except on Sunday, March 4 and 11
Build a rocket ship, climb aboard, and blast off. Once In Space, put on your jetpack, and go on a spacewalk to repair your ship. After a quick snack on the Moon, fly back to Earth!
Shaping the Future in Space
Discover new experiments that could improve human living conditions in Space.
Breathing on Mars
Could humans breathe on Mars? Learn what the atmosphere on Mars is made of.
Ejection Seat Demonstration
Self- Guided Craft Activities
10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Explore the world of space by creating a Pop-Up Space Card or your very own International Space Station!
Partners and Special Guests
Algonquin College AC: Simulations Lab
Friday March 2, 9 and 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Public demos from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Saturday March 3, 10 and 17 from noon to 4:00 p.m. (Public demos from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
Sunday March 4, 11 and 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Public demos from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Algonquin College’s AC: Simulations Lab is a recently established research facility that designs, creates and merges cutting-edge virtual reality technologies for various large-scale applications. Their new virtual reality project, Minerva Prime, is a multi-player space-faring adventure that takes place in a colony on a distant exoplanet. Each player takes on the role of a driver, navigator/pilot or scientist/engineer. Over the March Break, come and try Minerva Prime and speak with the developers of this fun and interactive virtual reality program!
Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue (SBO-OVSAR)
March 7, 11 and 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
SBO-OVSAR is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that assists individuals and communities through search and rescue operations, education and prevention programs, and by providing support to emergency response organizations. As part of March Break programming, the members of this volunteer organization will be showing visitors the equipment used in providing first aid. They will also demonstrate how to set up a survival camp and will talk about what supplies you should have with you when going for a hike in the woods. Both first aid skills and learning to survive in the woods are part of an astronaut’s basic training.
CF-18 pilot, Captain Tucker Densmore
March 14 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come to the Museum and meet with Captain Tucker Densmore who is a CF-18 pilot from 410 Squadron in Cold Lake Alberta. Captain Densmore will talk to visitors about what training to be a pilot is like and will display what a pilot needs to wear when piloting a CF-18 aircraft.
March 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Goodlife Fitness has over 350 locations across Canada. They have written the book on how to help Canadians achieve their Fitness Goals. On March 14, fitness specialists will be at the Museum to do fun exercise activities with visitors, as they emphasize the importance of being physically fit if you want to be an astronaut.
Sonart Music School
Thursday, March 15
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is pleased to collaborate with Sonart Music School to offer weekly Music and Aviation Summer Day Camps at the Museum this summer. To give you an idea how just how fun camp can be, Sonart’s summer camp team will be at the Museum for March Break to blend dancing, music, and other fun activities!
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) is Canada's leading astronomy organization with over 4,000 enthusiastic amateurs, educators and professionals in 28 Centres across Canada. In addition to many national services, the Ottawa Centre holds monthly meetings at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, operates the Fred Lossing Observatory and SmartScope observatory, and has telescope and book libraries for members' use. It holds free public star parties in the summer months and for special astronomical events. Throughout the March Break period, RASC will be bringing in their solar viewing telescopes for visitors to have a unique view of our sun. They will also talk about the importance of learning about astronomy and space in general, especially if you wish to become an astronaut!