Space Place Canada is delighted to have been a Production Sponsor for the Young People’s Theatre production of “The Darkest Dark” based on the book by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. The production was performed from February 20th, 2023 to April 2nd, 2023. 

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 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 then click on the study guide for “The Darkest Dark”.

The Moon has been in the news a lot lately. People were excited about the recent Artemis I mission to orbit the Moon. Soon Artemis II will launch, and a Canadian astronaut will be on board!  The Moon has given us many mysteries to solve and many stories to tell. From lunar missions to moonscapes, these activities will help you and your students explore the stories and mysteries of our closest neighbour in space. 

Space Place Canada has produced and Activity Guide for teachers and parents with two activities for you to use with The Darkest Dark. Rubrics are included for different grade levels. You’ll find the activities document and background information about the moon by clicking on the buttons below. They’re available in both pdf format as well as Word and Powerpoint.


PDF Format

Word / Powerpoint

Resources for Families

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

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