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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm
Weekends and Holidays 10 am – 5 pm
+ IMAX Film
Student (with ID)