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    My Girlfriend and I went on a Monday morning – we had the place to ourselves! We found it to be mainly aimed at school groups and youngsters in general. As an adult that is a bit of a space-geek, most of the information alongside the exhibits is pretty basic. The Cosmic Courtyard was rather dated in terms of exhibit quality (many ‘under construction’, CRT’s, Czechoslovakia gets a mention, old software, sticky trackballs) and some were poorly thought out. For example, the dark meteorite samples are backlit on a lightbox in a dim room and viewed through a magnifying glass. You cannot see them! The piece of kit on display there was a Rocketdyne J-2 engine – I got a picture with that!The Groundstation Canada presentation we saw was ‘Rocket Lab.’ It explained Newton’s Laws of Motion and how they apply to rocketry on a level aimed at ~8+ yrs/old. The host, Raphael, did a good job, as did all of the staff at the centre.Our time was best spent in the planetarium. We saw ‘The Seacher’; A very Sagan-esque 35 minutes zooming around the universe, observing the structure of galaxies, solar systems, supernovae and Earth. It got pretty psychedelic at times, like LSD trip-out visuals, encompassing 180 degrees of your vision. A bit too much for the lady. I kinda liked it. The information that the host presented after The Searcher was pretty up-to-date. She lets us know about the asteroid that was recently discovered with a ring system and Enceladus’ cryovolcanoes. The sound and visuals were good, as was the show. Both the Planetarium and Groundstation Canada have around 5 different shows per day, so the ones you get are a lucky dip depending on how long you stay. The science demos are 20mins every hour, and the planetarium shows are 35mins every hour.It would also have been nice to learn more about Canada’s involvement in space. The Canadarm gets a little corner with a model, and there’s pics of some crew hung on a wall up the back. More!All in all, I think the level of information on display was great, it just needs a bit of a face-lift and a re-think. It’s all mostly aimed at kids 8-15, which is fine! Most adults will learn something too. You can spend about 1-1.5hrs in the Cosmic Courtyard, then there’s the shows. So you can spend a half a day here with the kids easily.

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    Sad – that best describes the atmosphere, or at least my memory of it. It’s definitely a neat place, but would be much more interesting if they handed out drugs on your way in. To spice things up of course.

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    The museum is more aimed at kids, but I definitely recommend checking out the star theatre show, and coming in late on a saturday to look through their telescope (The observatory is not in the main building but close to the parking lot off to the side. The staff at the observatory there are quite knowledgeable, and are really friendly.

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    We checked out the observation area last night and it was free to enter! The staff was really nice and they answered all of our questions.

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    Do not recommend, we paid to get in, I have a 1 1/2 yr old and a 4 1/2 yr old, we went to watch one of the shows and my 1 1/2 yr old was getting a lil excited when she saw the Banana, they lady came up to us and said your gonna have to keep her quiet your disturbing everyone else’s show and then kicked us out. Then after I left with my 1 1/2 yr old, my hubby said she came up a complained about something else about our 4 1/2yr old…..etc etc. They Clearly take there jobs too seriously, ruined the whole experience. I’ve heard other complaints with other parents that same day 🙁