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Quiz Holiday Season

Whether it’s up in the sky or down on the ground, nature is an integral part of the holiday season—an endless source of wonder for everyone. Discover family activities to enjoy during the holidays, videos and reading materials whether you’re into astronomy, plants, insects or animals

What to do during the holidays

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Space for life quizzes »
Get together virtually and test your knowledge on the universe of the Biodôme, the Insectarium, the Jardin botanique and the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. Pick one of our four quizzes, take the challenge to your friends or family and play simultaneously!

Cooking Up a Comet »
Create a comet in your kitchen with your whole family by following this easy recipe.

Get the Sky on your Cellphone »
With one click, you can leave planet Earth and reach for the stars. Here are some cellphone app suggestions for identifying planets, constellations and other wonders in the night sky.

Check out the Northern Lights »
Is there a way of knowing ahead of time whether a given night will be good for seeing the Northern Lights? Get up to speed and discover the latest forecasting apps.

Videos

Make your poinsettia blush again

Make your poinsettia blush again »
Here are the steps to follow to keep your poinsettia and make it turn red again.

What’s the difference between “hibernation” and “overwintering”

What’s the difference between “hibernation” and “overwintering” »
Animals that hibernate in winter spend their days very differently from animals that overwinter. Learn what these two terms mean.

Where do insects go in winter?

Where do insects go in winter? »
Do insects leave for warmer climates? If not, where do they hide over the long winter months?

What’s a shooting star?

What’s a shooting star? »
Make a wish! Discover the science behind the fascinating natural phenomenon of shooting stars.

Blogs

A safe Christmas with your pet »
Keep your pets out of danger so you can be sure they’ll enjoy the holidays, too.

Christmas trees: Is real or fake best? »
This question comes back every year. What should we do—buy a natural Christmas tree or an artificial one?

Why does Rudolph the reindeer have a red nose? »
It’s a perfectly valid question, and the answer’s more complicated than you might think!

Could Rudolph be an imposter? »
Rudolph, Santa Claus’s famous reindeer: is he really a male? The answer can possibly be found in his antlers…

Make your poinsettia blush again »
Here are the steps to follow to keep your poinsettia and make it turn red again.

From plants to candy »
The common history of plants and candy goes way back.

Plants for festive occasions
Kissing under the mistletoe and decorating homes with holly are long-standing Christmas traditions. Find out where these customs originated.

This winter

A tree in wintertime »
What do trees do to get through the cold season?

Helping birds survive the winter »
Did you know you can give birds a hand to help them survive the rigours of winter? Discover a few ways you can help them make it through to springtime.

Caring for indoor plants in the wintertime »
Winter is a difficult season for many indoor plants. Here’s a guide to diagnosing their symptoms, along with some things you can try to help them recover.

Where do insects go in winter?
Do insects leave for warmer climates? If not, where do they hide over the long winter months? And how do they survive?

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