I remember when I was younger I came to the Ontario Science Centre for the first time, & boy was it fun! Finally, instead of studying, tests & reading, science was explored through hands on experiments & arcades!
Ontario's largest educational attraction, the OSC is dedicated to promoting science to the public in a fun & exciting environment. It is the ideal place to have a fun day with kids, for there is so much for them to do! : )
The OSC is divided into major sections, including Sports, space, communication, a question of truth, kidspark, the Living Earth, Technology & Transportation, Science Arcade, Human Body, and Matter, Energy & Change.
There are also many demonstrations, including the Starlab show, electricity ( touch the Van de Graff Generator & watch your hair fly up), Foundry, Chemistry & papermaking. Be sure to check showtimes!
My favourite exhibits at the OSC include riding and controlling a rocket chair @ Mars, the bobsled, the ritcher scale detector (tests your strength), the rainforest, the mini tornado, the bikes (pedal to light a light bulb), the bouncing bridge, the x-ray photo imprint and the skyriding simulator. There are also many seasonal exhibits at OSC, like one time where they had a candy exhibit... so many free sweets...
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In addition to the Science Exhibits, there is an Ominax Theatre, a giant IMAX dome that envelopes you with sound and image. Personally I prefer this over conventional theatres, for it feels like you are part of the action! I have been to many IMAX theatres, and have to say this is one of my absolute favourites.
The Ontario Science Centre is open seven days a week, 364 days a year, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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I've been driving past the Science Centre for the past couple of weeks and realised that I needed a picture or two of it, and a tip to suggest that this is a great place to take kids of all ages.
Its been a few years since I was there last, and was without children, but I think I was missing part of the fun of it all. However, I must admit when the volume gets too loud and my head starts pounding, I head for the patch of serenity and silence - a little "tunnel" which is absence of sound. BLISS!
My pictures were taken from the bus as I went by.
We were an entourage of 17 parents and kids during the March Break visiting Ontario Science Centre for watching a movie 'Pilgrimage to Mecca' at IMAX Theatre. The Centre and the theatre was jam packed with visitors of all ages. Taking pictures was a nightmare. We enjoyed our first exposure to IMAX technology.
In the IMAX Dome theatre you can:
- Watch movies on a screen 4,500 times bigger than an average TV screen.
- Pick one of 320 cushy seats to comfort yourself down in.
- See a picture that’s really bright, thanks to a 15,000-watt xenon projector lamp that you could spot from the moon!
- Listen to wrap-around, six-channel sound produced by 44 speakers.
- Get an inside peek at the 900 kg (2000 lb.) projector.
- Discover how great moving images look when they’re recorded on 70 mm film (the largest size in film history).
- Feel the amazing effects of a screen that extends beyond your peripheral vision.
And lots more!
Since opening its doors in 1969, the centre has fascinated more than 40 million visitors, including more than 220,000 students per year, with the wonders of science and technology. Our entourage of 17 was no different. The only problem was that the youngsters were difficult to control as they ran for an experiment after an experiment.
Children and their guardians seemed to be super exited with hundreds of exhibits in a variety of exhibition halls - Communication, Sport, Human Body and The Living Earth, along with a film at the OMNIMAX movie theatre, and KidSpark, a learn-through-play area that is specifically designed for kids eight and under.
All major cities seem to have science centres and Toronto is no different. However, what makes OSC stand out is that it has special exhibits going on throughout the year in addition to several hundred interactive and passive exhibits throughout the buildings. When we visited the Centre, a special exhibition 'Sultans of Science' was on display, which featured innovations by Muslims during their period of glory spanning from 800 AD to up to 1400 AD. The exhibits included those on medicine, architecture, engineering construction harnessing animal power, playful machines, etc.
The regular exhibits feature everything in science and nature. They feature:
- geology, the science of nature (in the west wing)
- astronomical science in the south wing. This was closed for renovation since Pluto's demotion in August 2006 and has now been refurbished and reopened to the public, featuring Toronto's only operating planetarium, as well as one of the few Mars and Moon rocks on public display in Canada.
- how to play music and technology in the south wing
- human anatomy, communication and bias, and some miscellaneous artifacts of science.
If you traveling to Toronto with children then the Ontario Science Centre is a must-see. This is one of the most interactive museums you will ever visit with a large number of hands on displays that will thrill you kids.
Importantly the OSC keeps up to date with technology and exhibits are always updated. There are lasers that be shot off, insect exhibits and so on. I have visited a lot of similar museums but I have yet fine an equal to OSC for hands-on displays.
Furthermore there are things that will keeps adults interested. This include Omnimax Theatre and a recreated rain forest exhibit.
ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTER
Kids will have a ball interacting with different science demonstrations. Everything from lasers to meteorology, electricity, sound, light, gravity, biology, space, computers, communications, and....well there's lots. Expect to spend a whole day there. Admission is $14 for adults, and $10 for kids. Hours are 10-5 daily.
There is also the Omnimax Imax theatre. Visit the website to see what will be playing over the next few weeks. Omnimax tickets are sold separately, and are not include with Center admission.
The Toronto Science Center has similar exhibits to many of the other science museums around the world, but it’s housed in a very unique building. It’s only after you’ve in the building that you realize that the building is built along the side of a hill. Each exhibit hall has a different theme, but when you move to the next hall you’ll be taking an escalator further down the hill each time. My favorite exhibit is at the bottom of the valley where golf balls can be released to wind their way around Escheresque tracks, clanking and ringing bells on their appointed routes.
Museums come in many forms. Usually, we equate a museum as a place for looking but not touching. The Ontario Science Centre is the exact opposite. It is a museum of science, space, geology, technology etc. The very essence is that participation is encouraged, hence touching and manipulation is the theme. Many exhibit have buttons to press. People visit the museum due to this hands on approach. Throughout the museum, there are live demonstrations. Visitors are encouraged to look at the schedule when and where each of these demonstrations are.
In 1996, the centre also introduced the first Omnimax theatre by its entrance. This is a theatre with an extra huge screen traditionally the height of a small building.
The museum?s most famous exhibit is the Van de Graaff generator, which when touched, makes the recipient?s hair stand out vertically!
We stopped here on our way out of town (we were driving). It was a great way to end our trip and wear the kids out before the long drive back to Nashville. Typical kids science center in many ways, although it's bigger than most. Pretty good cafeteria. This ticket is included in the CityPass (must get a CityPass - about $40 pp and includes admission to Zoo, CN tower, Ont Sci Ctr, Casa Lomo and others).
Explore the fascinating world of science and technology through 800 interactive exhibits and demonstrations.
Attractions at Ontario Science Centre include the mini planetarium, a bobsled simulator, a limestone cave, electricity demonstrations and much more in ten halls, ranging from space, sport, the living earth and more.
The Ontario Science Centre is open seven days a week, 364 days a year, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They are closed December 25th.
There is so much to see at The Ontario Science Centre that I suggest you check out their webpage at:
There is so much to do and see here. It sure is very interesting and worth a visit. There is for example:
The Omnimax theatre:
There is this giant 24 metre domed screen with over 13,000 watts of digital wrap-around sound. They have several movies you can see. We saw 'olympic Glory' which was brilliant.
There are also over 800 interactive exhibits to do with food, space, human body, sport, earth etc. etc. etc. You will be busy a whole day long.
They also have demonstrations like they take a photo from a kid and you see it change in how she/he will be in 50 years time.
This is a great place to bring kids, though as an adult I still like it. Shows exhibits on science and technology and also has an IMAX theatre to watch some amazing movies. If you suffer from motion sickness you might want to take a pill for it before watching the movie, depending on what it is. This is a popular place for school outings, so be prepared for hundreds of rugrats running around and frenzied teachers trying to control them.
You can buy a regular admission ticket for $14 (adult) and IMAX tickets for $10 or both a combined ticket for $20. Children and youth tickets are cheaper.
A fun, interactive museum of science and technology. Children will have a great time here exploring Space, Sport, Rain Forest and the Human Body (to name a few) with the hair-raising electrical ball, wobbly bridge, and bobsled simulation. The Center also has the OMNIMAX movie theatre, which is a screen that spans the entire dome ceiling. I watched Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man here and it was incredible.
Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Rd.
Toronto , M3C 1T3
Telephone: Infoline: (416) 696-3127 , Fax: (416) 696-3161
Don't think you have to be a kid to enjoy the Ontario Science Centre. Since opening its doors in 1969, the centre has fascinated 30 million visitors, including more than 200,000 students per year, with the wonders of science and technology. If you talk to anyone who has visited the centre, they'll rave over the hair-raising electrical ball, lasers burning through wood and flowers shattering into icy shards.