Going to the Ontario Science Centre with young grandkids, as I did earlier this month, made me wish I had paid more attention to science at school or at least remembered what little I had learned. But that shouldn’t stop me from returning. In big type on one of the museum’s walls is the message to “Try, try, try again” – that progress is “neither swift nor easy”.
It’s just that there is so much to learn! Here you’ll find hundreds of exhibits featuring everything from geology to astronomical science to how to play music and technology. Many exhibits are interactive and there are live demonstrations too.
We spent some of our time in the KidSpark section, which is for children 8 years and younger. The water table is a popular attraction there, an introduction to understanding that water is a source of energy that makes things move. Every child seemed to stop at the soft pin wall, making prints with their hands just like animals make tracks. Studying tracks lets you identify what the animal is and where it has been.
The kids had great fun dropping a ball into the Rhoads Sculpture and watching the path the ball took and how ramps can be used.
We road a bike and watched it light up a light bulb, tested how pulleys influence weight, watched what happens when the sun orbits the earth, changed features on our face, and so much more.
The setting is fantastic, built down the side of a wooded ravine formed by one branch of the Don River. It opened in 1969 and this month welcomed its 50 millionth visitor. So it has long been a pioneer in the hands on approach to science and for promoting the importance of science and innovation.
The Ontario Science Centre is at 770 Don Mills Road (at the corner of Eglinton Avenue East) in Toronto. It’s open 7 days a week other than December 25.
By Sylvia Fanjoy
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I recently visited four Toronto attractions with my young grandkids: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, the CN Tower, the Ontario Science Centre, and the Toronto Zoo. I wanted to avoid Toronto traffic as much as possible so opted to stay at a hotel in Scarborough, just off the 401, and from there it was an easy drive to the zoo and Science Centre. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool complex, which was a big hit.
We took a bus and subway to get downtown, which was straightforward and an adventure in itself. Locals were keen to help us when we seemed a little lost. We got off the subway at Union Station and took the skywalk—a new feature in the city—to the CN Tower and the aquarium.
I bought, online, timed tickets for the aquarium and City Passes for the other attractions, which meant there was no standing around in lines. (Sylvia Fanjoy)