A visit to the Ontario Science Centre

Located in the north east end of Toronto at 770 Don Mills Road, the Ontario Science Centre has been entertaining and informing visitors through engaging and thought-provoking experiences in science and technology since 1969.

Vintage plane in the front foyer of the Ontario Science Centre

Vintage plane in the front foyer of the Ontario Science Centre

Inside the 300,000 square foot building, you fill find attractions for both children and adults across 6 levels, including exhibits about the earth, space, humanity, and much more.  One of my highlights was the rainforest (with real rain!) which you can walk through.  The body exhibit and anything electrified seem to be big draws as well.

Rainforest biosphere with waterfall, rain, and bridges

Although some of the exhibits are looking a bit run down, this is still a really fun place to bring kids, who are unlikely to notice any defects.  Several interactive crafts and activities (e.g. origami, electricity demo, jewelry-making) throughout the day keep everyone entertained.

electrified blue sphere

Touch the sphere to move the electric charged lines

A little planning can go a long way when visiting the Science Centre, considering we missed both the IMAX show (extra cost of $9 to 13) and the planetarium (offered twice per day on Sundays) because we didn’t check the schedule when we first arrived.  Disappointing, but our own fault.

Hanging panels create varying visual effects based on your position

Hanging panels create varying visual effects based on your position

Surprisingly, we found the cafeteria to be really great and full of healthy choices, including hard-boiled eggs, cheese, chili, fruit, crackers, etc., in addition to the usual pizza and burgers.  Prices were typical for tourist attractions (light lunch for two including drinks was about $20).

Overhead view of the human body exhibit area

Overhead view of the human body exhibit area

If you want to feel like a kid again, or find a way to entertain your own kids for the day, the Ontario Science Centre is a great place to get interactive and have some fun.

Huge windows enable you to feel like you are outdoors in the Don River ravine when riding the escalators

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Friday  10 am – 4 pm
Weekends and Holidays  10 am – 5 pm

Pricing:

Science Centre
Only
IMAX Film
Only
Science Centre
+ IMAX Film
Adult (18-64) $22 $13 $28
(save $7)
Youth (13-17)
Student (with ID)
Senior (65+)
$16 $9 $22
(save $3)
Child (3-12) $13 $9 $19
(save $3)
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