If you are new to my blog you will find that my family basically lives at the Ontario Science Centre. There really is something for everyone there – six levels of Science for the whole family to explore!
Hubby loves the Space exhibits, I prefer Living Earth and its tropical rainforest, and our three year old and speed-crawling baby love the KidSpark areas.
Although the entire Science Centre is designed for hands-on learning, KidSpark is just for children ages eight and under. KidSpark huge space with a child-sized grocery store, construction site, music studio, water play area and all kinds of hands-on activities for younger children. There are even two separate areas for children ages three and under. And of course, washrooms, nursing rooms and changing tables are readily accessible.
For older children there is the Science Arcade – touch the Van de Graaff generator for hair-raising fun! Or visit the Weston Family Innovation Centre for all things cool and sciency. We made stop motion films at our last visit.
Be sure to check out the Planetarium and IMAX films for a really out of this world experience! Check the Ontario Science Centre website for more on these.
The Ontario Science Centre is designed to promote thought and inquiry. You will ask questions and wonder why things happen. Don’t worry, you don’t solve all scientific problems alone. There is enough information available through signs and the very friendly ‘scientists’ who roam the building like white-coated superheros, giving tidbits of information, asking questions and helping make your visit a pleasant one.
Regular readers of my blog know how important an inquiry approach to learning has been for my five year old. After a couple visits to the Ontario Science Centre my struggling kindergartener became more confident and now loves sharing his knowledge of all things Science. He loves the different areas – physical science, Living Earth, Space, Weston Family Innovation Centre, Science Arcade, and of course, KidSpark. Each time we visit we focus on a different area. You can check out On Being and Expert and A Funny Thing Happened at the Doctor’s for details.
I am very excited to have two family passes to the Ontario Science to give away. Just follow a Rafflecopter giveaway
link here or in the sidebar. The passes are for one family visit in the next 12 months. The Ontario Science Centre is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The winner will be notified through email. If you have any problems, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Toronto Area Moms – what are you doing on March Break? Why not check out the Ontario Science Centre?
Also – don’t forget the Ontario Science Centre’s Twitter Contest – just in time for Family Literacy Day!
I was provided two family passes for this giveaway. I was not financially compensated for writing this post, the Ontario Science Centre is a non-profit organization. I simply wanted to share an amazing family opportunity and hope you check them out.