I’ve mentioned before how much we love playing at and exploring new things at the Ontario Science Centre. For older kids, too many visits in one year eventually gets a little boring, but for the younger ones (about 8 and under), KidSpark pretty much offers endless play!
Taking up about half of the 4th floor, KidSpark is safe, clean, spacious and engaging. There are two gated areas that are perfect for little tots, and a dozen other sections for enthusiastic preschoolers and younger kids.
Our faves are the construction site (a little house where kids put on safety vests and hats and build up the roof and walls with foam pieces), the ball roller coasters and the Mega Blocks building stations. My nieces go crazy for the mini shopping mart with it’s little shopping carts and shelves full of pretend food! We’ve also spent tons of time at the water station, skeleton bones puzzle and looking out over the tree house.
Grainy photos! I find it difficult to get good pictures in KidSpark without an SLR because of all the artificial light. To see a few pics of the “Under 3” area, click here.
Planetarium for Under 5
For the first time recently, we made it in time for a planetarium show, geared to kids under 5. It was great – the kids sat on big bean bags on the floor, learned a little about the stars and moon and interacted with Commander Bruno, the patient facilitator!
An annual membership to the Ontario Science Centre costs less than two visits and also gets you discounts at the cafe and $5 parking – definitely worth considering. Our Silver membership ($130) is good for unlimited visits for two adults and four kids for the entire year (or $65 each between me and my sis).
Ontario Science Centre
Address: 770 Don Mills Road, near Eglinton Avenue East
Hours: 10am-4pm, open until 5pm on weekends
Omnimax theatre, Mastermind toy store, cafe & restaurant
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