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Attractions: "Star Wars Identities"

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If you smiled at the Jedi dad on the cover of this month's Kids VT, you're probably a fan of George Lucas' Star Wars series. If your kids are, too, consider taking them to the Montréal Science Centre this summer. It's the first venue to host "Star Wars Identities," a new traveling exhibit that examines the formation of human identity through the lens of the Star Wars universe. For example: Both Anakin and Luke Skywalker grew up on the desert planet of Tatooine, but one becomes a murderous villain, and the other leads a rebellion against him. How do genetics, parents, friends, mentors and values shape their destinies? This multimedia exhibit, developed in collaboration with a team of scientists, investigates the question. There's plenty of eye candy, too — "Star Wars Identities" features 200 props, costumes, models and drawings, including Anthony Daniels' C-3PO costume and David Prowse's Darth Vader suit from Return of the Jedi. The exhibit opened in Montréal in April and has been so popular that the science center extended its hours to accommodate the traffic. Organizers say it's OK to come in costume — but leave the lightsabers at home.

"Star Wars Identities," Montréal Science Centre, King Edward Pier, Montréal, 514-496-4724. Can $13.50-23, includes access to permanent exhibits. Limited admission — buy tickets in advance at montrealsciencecentre.com. Through September 16.

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