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March Break

March 1 to 16, 2014

March Break

Put your building skills to the test and keep things moving along. Make and test a catapult or take a challenge to construct a structure that can withstand the power of wind. Hear a quirky story, marvel at an incredible magic show, and much more. Join in the excitement and discover your inner-engineer.


Air Vortex Cannons

March 1, 2, and 8 to 16
10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Take our building challenge and construct your sturdiest structure to withstand the power of wind. Will your structure survive the air vortex cannon?

Storytelling – Iggy Peck, Architect

March 1, 2, and 8 to 16
10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Join our storyteller to hear this quirky tale about Iggy who has a passion for building. Unfortunately, his second-grade teacher dislikes architecture…until Iggy saves the day with one of his grand creations.

Professor Wick’s Incredible Magic Factory

March 10 to 14
1:30 p.m.

Celebrate imagination, invention, and literature in this incredible magic show that blends mechanical wizardry, music, comedy, and steampunk characters.

Simple Machines Scavenger Hunt

March 1 to 16
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Search for simple machines among the exhibitions. Pick up a scavenger hunt question sheet at the INFO desk, and discover the answers as you explore the Museum.

Big Board Game

March 1, 2, and 8 to 16
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Take part in the Museum’s giant board game—where you are the life-sized playing piece. Test your knowledge of inventions and machines

Short Movies—Watch How It’s Made

March 1 to 16
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ever wonder how paper or steel is recycled, or how chain-link fencing is knit together? Watch these fun short films from the National Film Board to uncover the answers.

K’nex Creation Galore

March 8
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate National Engineering Month by assembling a structure using K’nex, the popular construction toy. Participation prizes are awarded throughout the day. This activity is offered in partnership with the Professional Engineers of Ontario—Ottawa Chapter.

Solar Observing

March 8
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This March Break discover the awesomeness of the Sun. Safely observe the Sun using the Museum’s solar telescopes at the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory. Discover bright solar prominences and dark sunspots on the Sun’s surface.

Engineering Fun At The Museum

March 15
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Experience the extraordinary world of engineering through fascinating and educational hands-on activities. This activity is offered in partnership with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.

Rubik’s Cube Challenge

March 13 and 14
9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Solving a Rubik’s cube is not easy. Can you imagine doing it quickly, or blindfolded? Join youth from the Club de Cube de L’Escale who do just that, and learn some of their tricks. Fun for all ages!

An Energizing Ride

March 8 to 10
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ride a PlasmaCar, a ride-on toy without gears, pedals, or batteries, and feel the wind blow in your hair as you reach speeds up to 10 kilometres per hour! For children 12 and under.

Morse Code and the Telegraph

March 15 and 16
10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Try your hand at Morse code and discover the technology that revolutionized long-distance communication.

OVMRC Celebrates 40 Years

March 15 and 16
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club at the amateur radio station VE3JW for demonstrations on various short wave communications techniques and equipment.

Squishy Circuit Madness

March 10 to 14
10 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mould electrical circuits of all shapes and sizes using special dough, and then complete your circuits with LEDs to light up your creation.

Simple Flyers

March 8, 9, and 11 to 14
1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Get on the move with the coolest and simplest flying gliders. Make a paper plane with only three folds or a tumbling wing glider that can be kept aloft by walking along behind it.