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Fascinating March Break Activities

March 2 to 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Fascinating March Break

Have you ever wanted to construct a giant marble run, or build a super-tall tower? Visit the Museum and unleash your inner engineer. Participate in fascinating experiments and learn about amazing machines. Meet real-life engineers, and take part in games, crafts, and more.


DIY Giant Marble Run

10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Let your imagination run free. Create a path for your marble to travel using funnels, pulleys and tubes through the Museum’s giant marble run.

Short Movies—Watch How It’s Made

10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 4:30 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.

Big Board Game

1 p.m. to 3 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 machine.

K’nex Creation Galore

March 10
10 a.m. to 4 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

Simple Machines Scavenger Hunt

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

Storytelling: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

March 2 and 3, and March 9 to 17
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

After a hard day of work, it’s time for the heavy machinery to rest. Say good night to the truck, the cement mixer, the digger, and to all the other machinery sleeping on the construction site.

Incredible Towers

10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Build tall towers and strong bridges using Kapla® blocks while learning about the forces that keep them standing.

Rubik’s Cube Challenge

March 13 to 15
9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 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!

Tactical Unit Robots

March 13 and 14
9:30 a.m. to noon

Meet members of the Ottawa Police Service and their ROVs: Remotely Operated Vehicles. Find out how these amazing machines help police perform dangerous operations.

Craft Corner: Robot Workshop

March 2 and 3, 9 and 10, and 12 to 15
10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Create a funny looking robot figurine out of cardboard and recycled materials. Registration is required. To reserve a crafting time, please take a ticket from the board at the activity’s location. Return at your reserved time and present your ticket to the instructor.

Engineering Fun At The Museum

March 9
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Experience the extraordinary world of engineering through fascinating and educational hands-on activities.

Engineering to the Test

March 16
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Experience engineering first-hand as you join the Engineer-in-Residence volunteers to explore some engineering marvels.

Defying Gravity

March 11 to 15
1:30 p.m.

Join the Cowguys for an incredible juggling performance that defies gravity.