Celebrate World Space Week with the whole family at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum! On October 5 and 6, join us for a star-quality weekend of activities for all ages.
Since its UN declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth. Last year, more than 5,000 events in 80 countries celebrated the contributions of Space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. The 2019 theme is, “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.”
All activities are included with museum admission and bilingual unless otherwise noted.
Star Party: Explore the Night Sky
October 5 (7 p.m. to 11 p.m.*)
Language: English only
This late-night party is guaranteed to be out of this world! In partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), the museum is hosting a star-gazing party. Volunteers with RASC will have their telescopes set up outside the museum, and will be on hand to answer questions and to help you use the telescopes.
*Please note this event may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.
You're in Space demo
October 5 and 6 (12 p.m.)
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have daily activities similar to everyone else: they sleep, they eat, they wash and, of course, they have to make use of the Space toilet! Find out what happens to human waste in orbit — and watch an experiment in urine purification — in this interactive demonstration.
October 5 and 6 (12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.)
Fee: $5 per person
Explore the night sky and the solar system from the comfort of the museum! Planetarium shows will be offered by our trained staff.
Canada in space
October 5 and 6 (1 p.m. in English, 1:30 p.m. in French)
From satellites to robotics to the astronaut program, hear about Canada’s contributions to Space exploration during this guided tour of the Canada in Space exhibit.
Breathing on Mars
October 5 and 6 (2:30 p.m.)
Could humans breathe on Mars? Learn what the atmosphere on Mars is made of.
Between the planets
October 5 and 6 (3:30 p.m.)
Join this fun demonstration to find out what comets, asteroids, and meteorites have in common.
Zoom to the moon
October 5 (11 a.m.)
Listen to a cool story, put on your spacesuit, climb aboard your Space box and blast off to see the stars before landing on the Moon.
October 6 (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!