Peter Brown Family Centre Stage

Witness amazing live science shows at the Peter Brown Family Centre Stage. These high energy family shows feature spectacular science demonstrations and lots of audience interaction. You may even get a chance to help our scientists onstage!
 

Show Schedule

Shows take place every 20 minutes after the hour from 11:20am–3:20pm with a bonus show on weekends and holidays at 4:20pm. When you visit, check out the show board next to the stage for the day’s schedule.
 
Planning a field trip during the school year? check out the  Weekday Show Schedule (effective September 16 onwards). 

All shows and demonstrations subject to change without notice.
 

Show Themes

Live science show topics change daily and can include:
 
AirSee 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.
BalloonsExplore many ways to inflate and experiment with balloons, then discover some spectacular ways to pop them. This show can get loud!
BubblesDiscover the elastic properties of soap bubbles as we create bubble chains, giant bubbles and even square bubbles! Perfect for your little bubbleologists.
ColdSee what happens to balloons, rubber balls, banana peels and other materials as they become super cooled using dry ice and liquid nitrogen.
ChemistryLearn the clues scientists look for when studying chemical reactions as you witness colour changes, foaming "elephant’s toothpaste" and the explosive mini-cannon finale!
ElectricityExplore static charge and electric current with the lightning-spewing Tesla Coil, the electric pickle and the hair-raising Van de Graaff Generator.
FireLearn the three things that every fire needs to survive as you witness coloured flames, giant fireballs and the spectacular fire tornado!
GrossologyExperience Grossology, the impolite science of the human body, and explore the gross things our bodies produce and the important functions they perform for us.
IllusionsDiscover the amazing ways you can fool your eyes and your mind in this look at bewildering illusions old and new.
LocomotionLearn how objects spin, fall, flip and fly in this entertaining look at the science of motion featuring a rubber chicken slingshot and the bowling ball of doom.
ToysExplore the science behind some of your favourite toys as we look at how things spin, stretch, and fly. See spinning tops, racing Slinkys®, and a high flying pop bottle rocket.

Centre Stage Donors

The Peter Brown Family Centre Stage would not be possible without the following donors:

City of Vancouver
Peter and Joanne Brown Foundation