What to See and Do

World Space Week 2018

You won’t want to miss the out-of-this-world celebrations at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum during our celebration of World Space Week (Oct. 5 to 8). Join us for a wide range of star-quality activities — aimed at offering fun for the whole family. 

Since its UN declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth. Last year, more than 3,700 events in 80 countries celebrated the benefits of Space and excitement about Space exploration! The 2018 theme is “Space Unites the World.” 

Space Week Launch Event: Friday, October 5 (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

STAR PARTY

Help us launch World Space Week by exploring outer Space! We’ve teamed up with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) to celebrate the stars. Join us for a chance to look through a telescope — with RASC volunteers on hand to answer your questions. Weather permitting.

PUBLIC LECTURE

Listen in as Jesse Rogerson — a professional astrophysicist and the museum’s science advisor — speaks about what it’s like to be an astronomer. Have a Space question? Feel free to ask Jesse!

BETWEEN THE PLANETS

Join this fun demonstration to find out what comets, asteroids, and meteorites have in common.

SPACE CRAFTS

Roll up your sleeves and get ready for some star-quality craft activities! Kids can design astronaut helmets, Space scenes, mission badges and other Space gear.

Other Space-themed activities at the museum

SPACE WALK

October 6 to 8 (self-guided activity)
The solar system is a big place… a really big place! Take a spacewalk through the museum to understand just how big Space is. A scale model of the solar system —stretching across the entire museum floor — allows you to hunt for each planet. As you find them, look back towards the Sun in the lobby to see how far you’ve travelled!

ROCKET ADVENTURES

October 6 and 8 (11 a.m.)
Kids can build a rocket ship, climb aboard, and blast off on a rocket adventure! Once in Space, kids put on their jetpacks, then go on a spacewalk to repair their ship. After a quick snack on the Moon, they’ll fly back to Earth!

PLANETARIUM

October 6 to 8 (12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.)
Explore the night sky and the solar system from the comfort of the museum! Planetarium shows will be offered by our trained staff. 

BREATHING ON MARS

October 6 to 8 (11 a.m.)
Could humans breathe on Mars? Learn what the atmosphere on Mars is made of.

BETWEEN THE PLANETS

October 6 to 8 (3 p.m.)
Join this fun demonstration to find out what comets, asteroids, and meteorites have in common.

SPACE CRAFTS

October 6 to 8 (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Roll up your sleeves and get ready for some star-quality craft activities! Kids can design astronaut helmets, Space scenes, mission badges and other Space gear.

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