• Peter Brown Family Centre Stage

    Peter Brown Family Centre Stage
 

High energy family shows with spectacular science demonstrations.

Witness amazing live science shows with lots of audience interaction at the Peter Brown Family Centre Stage. You may even get a chance to help our scientists onstage!

Below is our current rotation of stage show themes. Our weekday schedules are set to help teachers plan their field trip visits. On weekends, expect the unexpected with a different schedule of shows every day.

Air
Vacuum Chamber
Availability:
  • 11:20am (weekdays) Mar 27–Jun 30, 2017
  • 12:20pm (weekdays) Sept 19–Dec 22, 2017
  • 2:20pm (weekdays) January 8–March 16, 2018
Duration:
25 min

See the amazing ways that air can push as marshmallows, balloons, shaving cream and even pop cans try to resist the pressure of the air all around us.

Bubbles
Availability:
  • 2:20pm (weekdays) Nov 1–Dec 22, 2017
Duration:
25 min

Discover the elastic properties of soap bubbles as we create round bubbles, square bubbles, big bubbles, small bubbles and even bubbles you can hold in your hand. Perfect for your little bubbleologists.

Chemistry
Chemistry
Availability:
  • 1:20pm (weekdays) Mar 27–Jun 30, 2017
  • 12:20pm (weekdays) April 3–June 28, 2018
Duration:

This amazing live science show, hosted at the Peter Brown Family Centre Stage, features spectacular science demonstrations and lots of audience interaction. Learn the clues scientists look for when studying chemical reactions as you witness colour changes, foaming "elephant’s toothpaste" and the explosive mini-cannon finale! 

Electricity
Science World Resources Electricity
Availability:
  • 10:20am (if booked by school group) weekdays Sept–June
Duration:
25 min

Explore static charge, electric current and electromagnetism with the lightning spewing Tesla Coil, the Electric Pickle, the chair lifting electromagnet and the hair raising Van de Graaff Generator.

Fire
Availability:
  • 12:20pm (weekdays) Mar 27–Jun 30, 2017
  • 11:20am (weekdays) January 8–March 16, 2018
Duration:
30 min

Learn the three things that every fire needs to survive as you witness coloured flames, giant fireballs and the spectacular fire tornado! This amazing live science show features spectacular science demonstrations and lots of audience interaction.  

Fire and Ice
Discover Heat and Cold
Availability:
  • 11:20am (weekdays) Sept 18–Dec 22, 2018
Duration:
25 min

Discover the ways heat energy can be generated and transferred from one object to another. Experience thermal energy from the chilly cold of solid dry ice to the blast of heat from a lycopodium fireball.

Grossology
Availability:
  • 10:20am (if booked by school group) until June 30, 2017
Duration:
25 min

Experience Grossology, the impolite science of the human body, as we explore the gross things our bodies produce and the important functions they perform for us.

Illusions
Availability:
  • 12:20pm (weekdays) Jan 8–Mar 16, 2018
  • 11:20am (weekdays) Apr 3–June 28, 2018
Duration:
30 min

Discover the amazing ways you can fool your eyes and your mind in this look at bewildering illusions old and new. This amazing live science show, hosted at the Peter Brown Family Centre Stage, features spectacular science demonstrations and lots of audience interaction.  

Locomotion
Spinning Platform
Availability:
  • 10:20am (if booked by school group) Mar 27–Jun 30, 2017
  • 1:20pm (weekdays) Sept 18–Dec 22, 2017 and Apr 3–June 28, 2018
  • 10:20am (if booked by school group) Jan 8–Mar 16, 2018
Duration:
25 min

Learn how objects spin, fall, flip and fly in this entertaining look at the science of motion featuring a rubber chicken slingshot, the angular momentum spinning platform and the bowling ball of doom.

Reduce Reuse Rescience
Chemistry
Availability:
  • 2:30pm (weekdays in the Science Park) Mar 27–Jun 30, 2017
  • 2:30pm (weekdays in the Science Park) Sept 18–Oct 31, 2017
  • 2:30pm (weekdays in the Science Park) Apr 3–Jun 28, 2018
Duration:

Discover intriguing science demonstrations that can be performed with repurposed materials—from making a cloud in a pop bottle, to building a newspaper tree, to serving six cups of diet coke in less than 2 seconds! This amazing live science show, hosted outside in the Ken Spencer Science Park, features spectacular science demonstrations and lots of audience interaction.  

If raining, show moves to 2:20pm at Centre Stage.
Science Surprises
Availability:
  • 10:20am (if no other show is booked)
  • 3:20pm (weekdays)
Duration:
30 min

This amazing live science show, hosted at the Peter Brown Family Centre Stage, features a selection of our favourite spectacular science demonstrations and lots of audience interaction.  

Sound
Sound
Availability:
  • 11:20am (weekdays) Jan 8–Mar 16, 2018
  • 10:20am (if booked by school group) Apr 3–June 28, 2018
Duration:
25 min

Vibration, vibration, vibration. Discover the different ways objects can vibrate to produce sound and the ways we can change the pitch and volume of the sound through physical and electronic means.

Thank you to our donors

The Peter Brown Family Centre Stage would not be possible without the generous support of:

City of Vancouver
Peter and Joanne Brown Foundation

Centre Stage Showtimes

March 27–June 30: 

10:20amTeacher's Choice
11:20amAir
12:20pmFire
1:20pmChemistry
2:20pmReduce, Reuse, Rescience (Weather permitting, in Science Park)
3:20pmScience Surprises

Schedule in effect Mar 27–June 30, 2017 and is subject to change without notice.