STELLARTON – The Museum of Industry is inviting families to spend March Break with them as they host “To the Stars and Beyond.”
The Stellarton-based museum holds events each year around March Break to attract kids and their parents to the museum and this year organizers have been working since September to develop a space-themed week.
Running from March 9-17 the activities include everything from star puppets, space ship designer and robot inventor activities to Star Wars and Star Trek theme days and a planetarium.
Andrew Phillips Curator of Education and Public Programming said March Break is always a fun time at the Museum for both visitors and staff.
“It’s an opportunity for all of our imaginations to run a little bit,” he said.
He said there’s always a feeling of excitement in the air during that week.
“Kids and parents are interested to see what we have going on,” he said. “It’s always a great place with a variety of different activities.”
The theme days are a chance for kids to wear costumes they might have left over from Halloween. A Star Trek theme day will be held on March 13 and a Star Wars theme day will be held on March 16.
“On those days if those kids come in costume we’re going to have a little show with prizes to give away,” Phillips said.
Denise Taylor, marketing services officer, said they see not only parents but often grandparents coming by with young children and helps kids see the museum as a fun place to go.
During March Break the last of couple years they’ve averaged about 200 people a day.
“I think people in the local area, Truro and Antigonish look to the museum every year now for something to do during March Break,” she said. “We do see people who come back on multiple days.”
March 9 to 17
Star Puppets: Create a hand puppet of your favourite science fiction character to take home. Klingons, Wookies, Mutants, Robots – let your imagination be your guide.
Ages 4 and up, 9 a.m. – noon daily.
Space Ship Designer: Turn scrap into starships! Build and decorate your own space ship model from recycled materials. Ages 7 and up. 10 a.m. – noon on Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.
Robot Inventor: Are you a Mad Scientist at heart? Take some construction paper and glue, add LittleBits snap-together circuits, and invent robots that buzz, blink and move.
Ages 7 and up. 10 a.m. – noon on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
Alien Outfits: Make a costume of your favourite alien or space adventurer to wear.
Ages 4 and up. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Journey to the Stars: Kids aged 6 and older can experience the wonders of the night sky in a Skylab Planetarium. Crawl inside the inflatable dome to see familiar constellations and hear stories and legends about the stars.
(Note: Children must be able to enter the Planetarium on their own)
Ages 6 and up, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily.
Space Command: Pilot one of our ride-on Plasma Cars through the universe, visiting Space Command and other star bases. An activity for younger kids, aged 7 and under. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.
Lego Table: Let your creative juices flow as you build Lego space stations, robots and rockets.
Wednesday March 13 – Star Trek Theme Day – Come in costume as a Vulcan, Starfleet officer, Klingon or your favourite alien and show off your style. Enter our Star Trek Fashion Show at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for a chance to win a prize.
Saturday March 16 – Star Wars Theme Day – Come in costume as a Jedi, Storm Trooper, Ewok or your favourite alien and show off your style. Enter our Star Wars Fashion Show at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for a chance to win a prize.