TELUS Spark#16 in Best Things To Do in Calgary
This science museum offers plenty of hands-on opportunities to learn about everything from technology to the brain. In the Creative Kids Museum – designed for kids ages 9 and younger – children can learn about flotation in a water play area, crawl and climb in a climbing structure, design and make inventions, and stage a play, among other activities. Live science demos are another highlight for visitors, as well as shows in the planetarium.
While many recent visitors loved the museum for its interactive exhibits, others found it too expensive for what's on offer. However, one upside is that admission to the Dome Theatre, which screens planetarium shows and movies, is included in the overall entrance ticket.
Spark is about a 10-minute walk from the CTrain's Zoo station (off the blue line). In general, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (until 9 p.m. on Fridays and 5 p.m. on Saturdays). Admission for adults costs CA$26 (about $18) and CA$22 (about $16) for kids ages 13 to 17; children ages 3 to 12 can enter for CA$19 (or about $14). For more information, visit the museum's website.
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Heralded as one of Canada's finest, the Glenbow Museum caters to history buffs and art lovers alike. Exhibits here focus mainly on the culture of Western Canada, featuring everything from interactive displays on the First Nations tribes to an extensive collection of military memorabilia. However, there are also displays of European Art, Asian sculpture and even West African artifacts, plus plenty of hands-on activities to keep children entertained.
Recent visitors praised the museum's fascinating exhibits, treatment of history and its interactive arts and crafts opportunities.
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