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Playing at the Ontario Science Centre picture in Toronto
Ontario Science Centre picture in Toronto
Ontario Science Centre picture in Toronto
Playing at the Ontario Science Centre picture in Toronto
Ontario Science Centre picture in Toronto
Ontario Science Centre picture in Toronto

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  • CA$22 (about $17.20) for adults; CA$16 (about $12.50) for kids 13-17; CA$13 (about $10.20) for kids 3-12; free for kids 2 and younger
  • Hours vary seasonally

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  • Museums Type
  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.6
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  • Facilities
    4.0
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    4.0

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If you're looking for a learning experience that's more than just reading placard after placard, you should head to the Ontario Science Centre. The facility features interactive exhibits in the hundreds, with the goal to maximize learning opportunities for both children and adults. Here, visitors can pilot a rocket chair, explore the city's only public planetarium and bust moves on a dance floor that turns energy into light power. You can even touch a tornado in the Living Earth experience, or see what you'll look like as you age with the help of the Amazing Aging Machine. Before starting your tour, stop by the information area to see if there's anything special going on that day – the on-site IMAX theater showcases a variety of educational movies and the museum often presents demonstrations on everything from electricity to papermaking.

Recent visitors said because there's so much to do, it's possible to end up spending the entire day at the Ontario Science Centre. Consider picking out what you want to see ahead of time so you don't end up spending hours on end here. 

Located in North York, about 8 miles northeast of downtown Toronto, the Ontario Science Centre is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; the attraction is open until 5 or 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. During the summer months, hours are extended on weekdays. It is best reached by car or taxi. Adult admission to the museum starts at CA$22 (roughly $17); tickets for children ages 3 to 12 cost CA$13 (or about $10), while tickets for kids between 13 and 17 are CA$16 (about $12.50) each. Parking costs CA$10 (less than $8). If you purchased a Toronto CityPASS, your admission fee is included. There is an extra fee for IMAX films. For more information, visit the Ontario Science Centre website.

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