MONTREAL, Feb. 18, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montréal Space for Life has a March Break full of activities and discoveries in store for young and old to enjoy. From March 1 to 9, 2014, explore the hidden side of the Biodôme with the Behind-the-Scenes Rally, an exciting expedition through the heart of the facilities housing five ecosystems and their inhabitants. Blast off at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium to dance with the stars and discover the beauty of the Universe. Then float gently back to Earth at the Botanical Garden's Butterflies Go Free event and take the time to observe the mysterious chrysalises. Who knows—you might see a magnificent butterfly emerge! A week of wonder, guaranteed—especially as it all kicks off with the Nuit blanche.
Discovering the secrets of the Biodôme
During the Behind-the-Scenes Rally, the Biodôme reveals the secrets to its success in keeping five very different ecosystems under one roof. From polar chill to tropical heat, the plants and animals flourish in an environment recreating their natural habitat. Satisfy your curiosity by exploring the Biodôme's vast underground spaces as a family. You will learn how the desert-like landscapes and lush oases of the Biodôme are created; how the plants and animals are cared for to ensure their survival; and how the impressive seawater filtration system works. You will also have the chance to visit the vet clinic, the kitchen where the animals' food is prepared and the insect breeding room. And you will get to meet various specialists, including divers, who will tell you about their work in the basins as well as the shark species found in the St. Lawrence Gulf. All that and more when you take part in the Biodôme's Behind-the-Scenes Rally!
Rub shoulders with the stars at the Planetarium
The Montréal Space for Life invites you to discover the treasures of the Universe. See Continuum and dive into an amazing adventure exploring the beauty and power of the Universe, from the infinitely large to the infinitely small. Meanwhile, the exhibition Exo: Our Search for Life in the Universe will pique your curiosity. Through its interactive kiosks, projections and multimedia games, learn more about the emergence of life on Earth and consider the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe. The exhibition also features a real geology lab and an impressive collection of meteorites, including the oldest known piece of our solar system. Embark on a mission From the Earth to the Stars, into the deepest reaches of outer space, led by an experienced interpreter who is up to date on the latest scientific developments.
Butterflies set free and chrysalises wrapped in mystery at the Botanical Garden
Step into a ballet of vibrant colour in the Botanical Garden's Main Exhibition Greenhouse. Be astonished and amazed as thousands of butterflies from around the world are set free. This year, the Butterflies Go Free event also offers a glimpse into the delicate, intriguing world of the chrysalis. During the slow metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, time seems to stand still. With the Insectarium's educators, discover the many different types of chrysalis and unravel the mystery surrounding this extraordinary transformation. For younger children and their families, Moulin à Musique presents a new voyage of image and sound, Flutterby Butterfly, which illustrates the four stages in a butterfly's transformation in an original way.
Nuit blanche: Late-night revelry
On March 1, Nuit blanche à Montréal gets March Break off to a great start with a plethora of activities, both indoors and outdoors. As the penguins make their annual escape from the Biodôme, decipher the clues to solve our Murder Mystery. At the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, gaze at the San Francisco Sky as though it were above you. Move to the wicked beats of renowned DJs such as Christian Olsen, Sweet Daddy Luv and Archibald Singleton... Come join the festivities while the night is young!
|Biodôme||Behind-the-Scenes Rally - March 1 to 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
|| Continuum and From the Earth to the Stars
Book your tickets online: espacepourlavie.ca/en/ticket-office
Nuit blanche à Montréal - March 1, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
| Botanical Garden
|| Butterflies Go Free - February 20 to April 27
Flutterby Butterfly - February 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and March 1, 6, 7, 8
at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Complete programming: espacepourlavie.ca/en/programming/march-break
The Montréal Space for Life is the world's first site dedicated to humanity and nature. It includes the Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. Together, they are committed to preserving and enhancing biodiversity, and call on citizens locally and around the world to join this bold and creative urban movement.
SOURCE: Espace pour la vie
For further information:
Nadine Fortin, Communications Coordinator
Karine Vendette, Communications Assistant