space suitOn yet another rainy Vancouver weekend my family and I were looking for an interesting, indoor, activity.  Somehow in my 36 years of living in Vancouver/Lower Mainland I had yet to walk through the doors of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.  I’ve finally righted that wrong.  Such fun!

Upon walking through the flashing light “tunnel” we were met with a huge video projection of an interview conducted with Chris Hadfield at the International Space Station.  We have been attempting to explain the concept of gravity to our 2 & 4 year olds for a few weeks now.  Mr. Hadfield demonstrated weightlessness brilliantly when he let go of his microphone to adjust his shirt.  Our boys were astounded that the microphone didn’t fall to the floor!  That experience alone justified the price of admission.

rocketOur boys were in heaven at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre; there are so many buttons to push!  While our boys were a touch young to really grasp some of the displays and concepts being taught, they had a wonderful time running from exhibit to exhibit.  The opportunity to touch a meteor, have your photo taken inside a space suit and watch movies about space are only some of the great activities waiting your visit.

In addition to great events scheduled every weekend, the third Saturday of every month brings Saturn-5 Saturdays to the space centre.  Saturn-5 Saturdays are family activities based around a new space-related theme each month.  February 16th is the next Saturn-5 and the topic is black holes!

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is open seven days a week.  Admission is $15 for adults; $10.75 for kids 5-18; children under 5 are FREE!  We had a great time and are looking forward to many return visits.