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Montreal Families

Scientific activities online for kids

The Biodôme, Jardin botanique and Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan may be closed to visitors, but the experts at Montréal Space for Life are keeping kids and families connected to the world around them through scientific activities and videos available on their online digital platforms.

Inquiring minds

In the Young inquiring minds section of Space for Life’s website you’ll find educational and entertaining content for children of all ages. Curious preschoolers can explore astronomy and butterflies, elementary-age kids can learn about the phases of the moon, and teens will practice their math and physics while virtually jumping on a planet.

On the same page, young scientists will enjoy poring over the infographics explaining the birth of the solar system and the power of Phytotechnology; and a series of videos answers questions on astronomy, botany, insects and animals. We particularly liked learning about the monarchs we see flittering around our garden during the summer.

A passion for astronomy

The astronomy passionate page explains the phenomena of space and a variety of resources are provided for observing the sky. Do you know which planets are visible to the naked eye? Or how to safely observe the sun? You will after this.

From the comfort of home, the public can also experience the immersive ORIGINS photo exhibition from the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. The journey — spanning 4.5 billion years — “celebrates power, the Earth’s energy, the extremely rich biodiversity, and reveals the breathtaking beauty of wilderness.”

If you’ve got a green thumb (or not!) the horticultural and botanical notebooks on the Jardin botanique’s Green Pages can explain all about Quebec’s native plants, or have you daydreaming about spring planting.

More scientific activities online

Space for Life’s social media is also brimming with stimulating topics and discussions, and has experts answering questions on astronomy, insects, and other arthropods. Over on Facebook you can watch live streams, and even stay connected to the animals of the Biodôme where baby bats (Artibeus jamaicensis) were born just days before Halloween.

And stay tuned, because there will soon be a webinar to learn how to use a telescope, which is a perfect socially-distanced activity to try while we’re all at home.

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