The Ontario Science Center is located approximately seven miles east of downtown Toronto near the Don Valley Parkway. Its innovative design and architecture flow seamlessly with the contours of the Don River Ravine, a deliberate choice of the commissioned Toronto architect, Raymond Moriyama. The buildings on the grounds, including the Ontario Science Center Planetarium and various galleries are connected with a series of bridges and escalators.
The museum was founded in 1969 and set a precedent for future science museums who would attempt to replicate the interactive nature of the museum as a whole. As opposed to the majority of other science museums at the time that relied on putting their items or exhibits on display, the Ontario Science Center was one of the first major museums to turn virtually everything on the premises into an interactive experience. As you make your plan to visit, look into any Ontario Science Center discounts that may be available for kids, large groups, and seniors.
The Ontario Science Center Planetarium is just one of the amazing features of this museum in Toronto. There is also a huge OMNIMAX Theatre, a front yard area where you can play music by altering the flow pattern of water through a giant fountain that resembles a pipe organ, and this is just the beginning of the engaging experience at the Ontario Science Center. The fountain and the dome theatre are two of the most popular features of the museum. The films that are shown on the impressive dome screen take visitors inside the world of science and nature. An upcoming exhibit at the museum will spotlight Harry Potter, and will no doubt be a favorite with the kids in the coming years.
Another main attraction at the museum is the Space Hall, where you journey back in time to the beginnings of our solar system. You can pilot a rocket chair, check out actual moon rocks, and step inside the only publicly accessible cloud chambers in Canada. This is an interactive and awesomely engaging experience for the adults and kids alike. Be sure to check out the Space Hall when you visit along with other must-see’s like the Ontario Science Center Planetarium.
If the kids don’t get enough excitement from the Space Hall, you can head next door to the ever-popular KidSpark. This area of the museum is a “learn through play” section specifically tailored to children eight years old and younger. From playing at the water station and shopping in the mini-supermarket (to hone math skills), to performing originally composed music in the mini music studio, the kids are sure to have an absolute blast in this part of the museum. There are Ontario Science Center discounts available for large groups and for the youngsters, so be sure to call ahead or reserve your tickets online in advance of your trip. If you are not of the age where you can receive the Ontario Science Center discounts, do not fear. Admission is relatively inexpensive, especially considering the wide range of interactive exhibits and activities you get to take part in.