It’s no secret, we love getting out and seeing all that our city has to offer. With my parental leave officially starting today at 9 AM we bundled up the Wee Baby T, picked up a rental car, and were out for a day of learning and fun!
If you missed it, we recorded our first Facebook Live video on the way there. There were some minor technical difficulties, but you can watch here if you like. Spoiler alert: We talk about the TTC vs. driving. What would have taken over an hour on transit ended up being an 18 minute drive.
When the Ontario Science Centre offered free passes for my family I was a little hesitant – I always thought of the Science Centre to be a place for older children/younger teens. I am so glad that we accepted the passes though! When we arrived we went straight to the 4th floor, the KidSpark area. Designed for children 8 and under, the KidSpark has a focus on physics and natural science at a base level – encouraging children to be hands on and explore. Children can build their own roller coaster, explore caves and beaver dams, and learn about the human body with a real skeleton!
Inside the KidSpark area are 2 toddler play areas, stocked with toys and play mats. The Wee Baby T had so much fun playing with new toys and meeting new friends. While the toddler area may not be particularly science oriented it encourages discovery through play.
After exploring the KidSpark play area we stopped for lunch. We went down to the 6th level cafeteria which had plenty of high-chairs. We charged our phones at the charging station, warmed T’s lunch up in the provided microwaves and settled in for a quick bite. Lunch done, T started to drift off and it was time for K and I to scope out the rest of the Science Centre.
Staying on the 6th level we wandered through the Science Arcade. Here science comes to life, demonstrating life sciences, electricity generation, and angular momentum in hands-on experiments designed to challenge and encourage inquisitive minds.
After 4 hours of exploring we reluctantly packed everything back in to the car – we hadn’t brought an extra meal for the Wee Baby T. It was hunger that cut our day short, not a lack of curiosity! After seeing everything the science centre has to offer for infants and toddlers we will definitely be back!
Disclaimer: I received a family pass from the Ontario Science Centre to facilitate this review, and another to give away. All opinions are my own.
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