Richmond Hill's Astronomy Programs for Kids & Families

Go stargazing, city-style at the city of Richmond Hill's new astronomy programs for kids and families, held at the David Dunlap Observatory. The wonders of the universe are ready to be explored! 

Families are invited to come learn all about astronomy and the cosmos through an indoor planetarium. Explore the night sky, and enjoy stargazing and family crafts at one of these exciting programs, geared towards families with children, as well as scientifically-curious teens and adults.

Astronomy Family Night
Families are introduced to the wonders of astronomy through presentations on a variety of exciting astronomy topics, followed by age-appropriate celestial activities and a demonstration of the 74 inch telescope. On clear nights, the dome will be opened and the telescope pointed to an interesting celestial object for visitors to view. For ages 7 and up.

Space Fun
Kids can use their imagination to experience space and all the wonders it has to offer. Through crafts, games, stories and songs about the seasons and nighttime sky, your child's creativity will run wild. All activities are held in the Administration Building and adult participation is required. For ages 3 to 7. 

How to use your Telescope
If you have a telescope at home and are in need of some guidance on how to use it, this is the program for you! Participants are provided with one on one instruction on how to use it indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) by experts in the field of astronomy. Ages 16+.

Tour the Historic DDO Administration Building!
On Sunday, October 6 at 1:30 p.m., join Heritage Services on a historical tour of the administration building to learn about the history of the land and see the architectural features of this Beaux-Art style building. This tour also includes the opportunity to see the observatory's 74 inch telescope. Admission is $4 per person. For ages 6+. Note that the focus of the tour is the DDO Administration Building and that visits to the telescope will not be interactive. Registration begins August 28 for residents and September 3 for non-residents.

Space Explorers Camp
And if you're looking for something fun and unique for your child's next summer break, the city will be offering a new Space Explorers Camp. Unleash your child's curiosity and creativity while they journey through space. Under the leadership of staff from the Centre of Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) at Western University, campers will experience the wonders of space science and technology. For ages 9 to 12.

Programs are offered on various dates from now through December. For more information and schedules, visit 

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