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Northern Lights Space and Science Centre Watson Lake

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Northern Lights Space and Science Centre
Frank Trail
Watson Lake
YT
Y0A 1C0
Tel: 867 536-7827

Where are we going today?

The Northern Lights are an incredible natural wonder, and it's something that kids will never forget seeing! So why not spend the day in the magical Yukon, at the Northern Lights Space and Science Centre, where you can learn all about these incredible feats of nature with state of the art video and sound systems!

The Northern Lights Space and Sound Centre has interactive displays that explain all about the folklore and the science of the lights - otherwise known as "Aurora borealis", as well as all of the latest information on the Canadian space program - pretty amazing!

You never know what the space program is uncovering every single day - it's a HUGE universe out there! Here's a fun fact too - did you know that the Canadian rocket technology played a very important part in the early Northern Lights research?

Don't miss the video "Yukon's Northern Lights" which is showcased within the centre. It's shown in the 100-set domed theatre daily, during the summer season. But if you visit there in winter, don't worry either! Nature will be your video where you can actually put on it's own colorful display in the sky!

The Northern Lights Space and Science Centre also hosts community events, movies, and space science education, so there is always so much to see and do!

Kids - if you want to start your amazing education on the lights now, did you know that the Northern Lights are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun, as they enter the earth's atmosphere? How amazing does that sound!

They are often about 60 miles above the earth, but sometimes if you see the red ones, they are 200 miles above the earth!

The Yukon is an incredible part of the country, so why not enjoy the amazing wilderness and this magical natural wonder! Don't forget your camera!

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When can we go?

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All year round

Teachers corner

Give them a call to arrange the students to go and experience this amazing centre!.

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you spend time to look at all of the exhibits outlining the space program - and allow a couple of hours for the experience because the daily video is 60 minutes on it's own.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about the accessibility of the museum and exhibits.

Can I get one of those?

The Gift Shop is a great place to visit to get gifts, merchandise, souvenirs and educational items!.

What people are saying?

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    Something for everyone here. Great modern exhibits for example the new one "Information Age" - really interesting. They have late openings for adults every month which are around a theme and include talks, activities and a bar (snacks too). Definitely worth checking out. Also has a fantastic photography space with some great exhibitions such as "Drawn by Light"

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    Highly interactive experience and a great place to spend some free time. To see all exhibits thoroughly will definitely take more than one day, so managing the time you have will be key. There will be lots of children in the museum regardless of the day of the week, but if you are looking for an alternative, they also offer an adult-only evening once per month with specific themes.

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    Best time to bring your children is as near to opening time as comfortable for you. (less busy)
    The kids will love the Basement section with a play area called the garden with water play and touch and press items. for the older child the 'Launch Pad' on the third *floor is great, with tons of interactive play going on. At displayed times they do free shows at the launch pad with explosions and all sorts of lab surprises. some shows also when published go on for the younger kids in the basement.

    There's café's just about everywhere in the museum....Read More

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    World class! Great exhibits and even during half term we didn't need to queue. Staff around the place were friendly and helpful. We stopped for refreshments and while you expect to pay additional the food was good and the service was fast. Everyone must go there!

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    My favourite museum on earth, there is something for all ages and interests. If you have kids they will love the experiments and want to stay for hours. I would recommend planning for this to be the case, it does get so busy though so do please be warned.

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Best time to bring your children is as near to opening time as comfortable for you. (less busy)
The kids will love the Basement section with a play area called the garden with water play and touch and press items. for the older child the 'Launch Pad' on the third *floor is great, with tons of interactive play going on. At displayed times they do free shows at the launch pad with explosions and all sorts of lab surprises. some shows also when published go on for the younger kids in the basement.

There's café's just about everywhere in the museum. And two picnic areas, one at basement level called 'The terrace' and one on the third level *accessed by the lift near entrance or by stairs going around the suspended time pendulum.

The science Museum is a pretty vast place, so get a map and give anything you can to help The science museum continue to provide you and your kids with scientific wonders.

It's all free to get in and play and learn.

Plenty for the mature amongst us to see too! with artifacts from the history of time, navigation, Flight, space exploration and technology.

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