March Break 2014

March 1 to 9 and March 8 to 16

March Break is All About Helicopters! Visitors of all ages can explore the whirling world of helicopters through daily demonstrations and workshops about these amazing hovering machines. Bring the whole family for special tours of the Museum's collection of helicopters, and learn more about rotary-wing aircraft and their role in Canadian aviation.

Special: Admission is free for Canadian Armed Forces personnel and their families!

Special Family Presentations and Activities

Professional Engineers of Ontario

Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Professional Engineers of Ontario will join in our March Break programming and host a day long Kapla blocks build event.

The Royal Canadian Navy

March 8, 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Visit the Navy Display Bus to learn about the Royal Canadian Navy ships and sailors!

Girls' Day at the Airport and Museum!

On Saturday March 8, the Rockcliffe Flying Club, the Eastern Ontario Chapter of the Ninety-Nines and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum welcome girls and women to the Rockcliffe Airport!

Saturday, March 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Rain Date Sunday, March 9)
The Eastern Ontario Chapter of the Ninety-Nines and the Rockcliffe Flying Club will provide free flights to girls and women who have never flown in a small airplane!

Saturday, March 8 at 8:30 a.m.
99s / Girl Guide Aviation Badge. Local Girl Guides will meet members of the 99s and take part in activities to earn the Girl Guide Aviation Badge. By invitation only – please ask your unit guider.

All are welcome, but the flights are only available to girls and women.

Don't Miss...

23rd Annual LEGO Contest

Friday, March 7 and Friday, March 14
Bring in your aviation-inspired LEGO creation for a chance to win great prizes. Pre-register for one of the three following sessions: Friday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. or Friday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Registration required: 613-991-3053

You can consult the General Guidelines and Instructions now available online.

Daily Activities

Whirling Wing Tour

11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Here is a great opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about how helicopters fly. In this interactive presentation discover the history, evolution and flying dynamics of rotary-wing aircraft and take a guided tour of the Museum's collection of historic helicopters.

Heliostraw and Rotoglide Workshop

10:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Put in practice the principles that get helicopters off the ground by assembling a flying Heliostraw. Build a Rotoglide and watch it go round and round. Test fly your new craft and perfect your landings on our test course.

Paper Helicopter Craft

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (self guided)
Take home a memory of this year's March Break by building and decorating your own paper helicopter.

Ejection Seat Demonstrations

12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Learn how an ejection seat can save a pilot's life. Have a blast while listening to our enthusiastic guides as they describe the ups and downs of ejecting from a fighter jet! Sit in an authentic ejection seat and learn how pilots use this essential piece of equipment.

Cockpit Interpretation

Climb aboard and learn about the Canadair Tutor, MiG, or CF-18 cockpit with the assistance of our friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Cessna Interpretation Centre

Want the experience of flight but prefer to keep your feet on the ground? Here is your chance to sit at the controls of an aircraft without taking off! Our staff will assist you in boarding our Cessna 150 aircraft, and answer any questions you may have.

Kids' Tours

Zoom to the Moon

Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the Theatre
Listen to a cool story, put on your spacesuit, climb aboard your "space box" and blast off to see the stars before docking at the "space station."

Bits and Pieces

Sundays at 11 a.m.
Join this interactive tour and learn about the materials used to build some of Canada's famous flying icons and about Canada's collaboration in the assembly of the International Space Station.

Opening hours of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Regular schedule: Wednesday to Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays except statutory and school holidays.
Closed Christmas Day. Open New Year’s Day.
Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways.