Space Place Canada is delighted to be Production Sponsor for the Young People’s Theatre production of “The Darkest Dark” based on the book by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. The production will be performed from February 20th, 2023 to April 2nd, 2023. For more information and to purchase tickets please click here.

Space Place Canada’s mission is to advocate for the building of an iconic, 21st-century physical planetarium in Toronto and a virtual planetarium for Canada. Our involvement with this YPT production of The Darkest Dark connects the story’s message of the thrill – and fear – of discovery with the opportunities created by a planetarium as a place of exploration and wonder. 

Resources for Teachers and Parents

We are excited to share a teacher resource that engages learners to explore the science of light and space! The Darkest Dark Study Guide was created by k2i academy, Lassonde School of Engineering at York University in collaboration with Space Place. The series of pre- and post- activities are connected to Ontario’s Elementary Science and Technology curriculum. Let’s question, explore, and design together!

The resource includes:

  • Shadows in the Dark for Grades 1-3
  • Lights, Space, Action for Grades 4-6


Please click the link below and scroll down to the “Teacher Resources”.

Resources for Families

You too can see past the dark to the beauty of the night sky. It’s easy to explore the night sky. Even if you’re in the city and can only see a couple of stars, you can tell what stars and constellations you’re looking at.. 

A map of the night sky is called a “planisphere”. It’s made of a couple of sheets of paper and is easy to assemble. Click below to access the Space Place Canada Planisphere. It’s based on one provided by the National Research Council.