Ontario Science Centre: Summer of Space

Summer of Space

Join us for a Summer of Space with new space-themed exhibitions, IMAX® films and a planetarium show. Throughout the summer, enjoy special monthly programming on Canada’s contribution to space, the Moon and the future of space exploration.


Apollo 11: First Steps Edition IMAX Film

Now playing

In this critically-acclaimed documentary, celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. This thrilling cinematic experience showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the Moon.

Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX® Theatre
Level 2

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Astronaut Exhibition

May 18–September 2

Climb into a centrifuge and learn about G-force, learn what it's like to conduct maintenance on a space station and learn the realities of showering, sleeping and using the toilet in space. Are you ready to learn about the challenges that an astronaut would face on a real mission to the cosmos?

Special Exhibition Hall
Level 6

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Lead Sponsor: Hatch


Women in Space Exhibition

May 18–September 2

Get to know some of the leading women in aerospace. From deploying advanced telescopes to inventing the BioSuit, women-led space exploration is leaping forward with science innovations and engineering technology.

Special Exhibition Hall
Level 6

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Lead Sponsor: Hatch
Knowledge Partner: Western Science


Space Programs


Mission: Patch

Rotates daily until September 2

A symbol can be worth a thousand words! Discover, explore and decode the real mission patches of Canadian astronauts. Your mission—should you choose to accept it—is to make your own patch, designed to tell your unique story.

Inventorium 2.0, Proctor & Gamble Great Hall
Level 2


Construct a Canadarm

Rotates daily until September 2

The Canadarm2 helped build the International Space Station. Inspired by Canada’s most famous space tool, use everyday materials to make a working model to reach, bend and grab.

Inventorium 2.0, Proctor & Gamble Great Hall
Level 2


LANDER: From Avro to Apollo Documentary Film

Learn about Canadian engineer Owen Maynard’s vital contribution to the Apollo 11 mission in this 30-minute documentary. 

1:00pm & 3:00pm
Studio 1, Level 2

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Apollo 11 Artifacts

Canadian Owen Maynard was NASA’s chief engineer of the lunar lander. He played a pivotal role in the historic Apollo 11 mission. See artifacts from Maynard’s time at NASA—from blueprints to models.

Level 4


LEGO® Activities

Help build a model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V rocket, construct a lunar habitat and be a space architect!

Rocket Science: Tuesdays in July, 11:00am-1:00pm

Design a Lunar Habitat: August 12 to 17, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Space Settlement: Mondays and Thursdays in July and August, 2:00pm–5:00pm

Rock Paper Science Hall
Level 6


Daily Science HotSpots

Round and round they go! During this live presentation, learn about the latest in satellite technology—from navigation to telescopes.

Hot Zone
Level 6


Sci-Fi Sundays Outdoor Film Series

Enjoy a family-friendly space film under the stars each Sunday in August.

August 4 — Guardians of the Galaxy

August 11 — Zathura

August 18 — Apollo 13

August 25 — Wall-E

Sundays 8:30 p.m.
TELUSCAPE in front of the Science Centre

Weather permitting.


Space Startup Showcase

August 7

What’s next for Earth and space exploration? Explore aspects of expert missions directly from the entrepreneurs, aerospace engineers and scientists working on new technologies to advance space research. Learn about their cutting-edge missions to combine clinical medicine with innovation for space exploration, build the Internet in space, help design the next generation of small satellite constellations and networks, advance robotics technology and more! Guests include industry leaders Dr. Dave Williams, President and CEO of LEAP Biosystems and representatives from Kepler Communications, University of Toronto Space Flight Lab, QEYnet and MDA. Dr. Dave Williams

12:30pm–2:00pm
Rock Paper Science Hall
Level 6


Rockets, Robots & Rovers
August 17 & 18

Rev up for space robotics! Through presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities, experience how technology is advancing space exploration.

Discover the latest developments in space exploration technologies, and meet researchers, scientists and engineers who work at the forefront in this sector.

Click here for the full program.


Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Activities are included with regular admission. Parking is available for $10 per vehicle (member discount applies).
Registration: Not required
Organized by: Ontario Science Centre
Location: Ontario Science Centre

https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/Summer-of-Space/