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Considered one of the best such facilities in North America, this structure has had many transformations. Aside from the planetarium and observatory, H.R. MacMillan Space Center also features the Cosmic Courtyard hands-on gallery, a Virtual Voyages full-motion simulator, Ground-station Canada exhibits and multimedia and popular laser shows. Its overnight adventures and space camps are popular. Don't forget to visit the gift shop with space-related souvenirs. Check the website or call ahead for timings of the evening laser shows. Admission prices mentioned are applicable throughout the day.
This nature hut is nestled in Lynn Canyon Park. Featuring hands-on displays about animals, plants and the urban environment, it is a great way for families to round out an afternoon in the park. You can also enjoy films in the mini-theatre, play with the puppets or relax while the kids play with the piles of animal and nature toys around. The park itself is home to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, acres of hiking trails, a concession stand and picnic facilities. It is easily accessible by public transit.
Located on the UBC campus, the Museum is dedicated to introducing visitors to the wonders of our dynamic planet through displays of spectacular minerals and interactive exhibits like the tornado machine and the Earthquake Learning Centre. Come to see a genuine dinosaur skeleton, the delicate and valuable minerals of The Vault, and much more.
This non-profit museum showcases a unique collection of air-crafts and is committed to the preservation and education of Canada's aviation culture. In the 1970s most of Canada's historic planes were being moved to the U.S. and Europe. Thanks to efforts of a group of aviation enthusiasts, many of these aircraft were acquired, and the museum was created. Some of the aircraft displayed include the T-33AN Silverstar, Bowlus Bumblebee BB1, the CF-100 Canuck Mk 3b, and the DH82c Tiger Moth. As you make your way through the museum, you can take a chronological route, starting with the world wars and ending in present day, allowing you to see the huge role Canada has played in the development of aviation. This is an ideal trip for families, and people of all ages.
British Columbia's forestry industry has a long and rich history. The BC Forest Discovery Centre includes a variety of exhibits, heritage buildings and logging artifacts. Surrounded by forests and marsh trails, there are many opportunities for bird watching. Visitors can also ride historic locomotives on the three kilometers (1.8 miles) of train track in the park.
The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention is a treasure trove of scientific knowledge and gives you details on electricity production. The museum takes you through the entire process of electricity manufacturing, right from its inception to its current applications. One must check the book on electricity by Sir William Gilbert. You will also get to know about the process of radio operation which is very interesting for all science lovers. There are several informative events that take place regularly as well. To know more about the place, check the website.
If unique projects and innovative art themes excite you then a visit to Mindport is a must. Located across West Holly Street, this is a private museum dedicated to art and science. The objective of the museum is to encourage patrons to interpret art independently and encourage creativity. Imagination is the underlying theme at Mindport and it also has a special section called 'Interactive Art' wherein visitors can actually touch the art. Along with your kids you can learn about art in a fun and lively atmosphere at Mindport.