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Ontario Science Centre

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Address: 770 Don Mills Rd., Toronto, Ontario M3C 1T3, Canada
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+1 416-696-1000
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 50 million visitors since...

The Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 50 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is an international leader in free-choice science learning and a key contributor to Ontario’s education and innovation ecosystem, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support.

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Winter weekend the perfect time to visit

I took 4 ten year olds to the Science Centre on a February weekend. The place was less crowded than I'd ever seen it, and it was great. The kids could get at all the exhibits... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is huge, many levels and things to see and do. Be ready to walk a lot! We arrived at 11, stayed until closing time and didn't have enough time to visit all the exhibitions. So I suggest coming earlier. That day, the Science Centre was crowded with kids of all ages running, jumping and yelling everywhere. The Centre... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very entertaining, reasonably priced and fun place to visit in the North York area of Toronto. I've been there as a child and also as an adult and always learned new things. Fantastic place to bring children.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I took 4 ten year olds to the Science Centre on a February weekend. The place was less crowded than I'd ever seen it, and it was great. The kids could get at all the exhibits without waiting. Favourites were the planetarium, the science arcade, and the Weston gallery. They loved seeing their faces in the bubbles. Most galleries have... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely plan to spend 4+ hours. Lots of fun hands on activities for parents and kiddies. If you sneak away through the week, it's not as busy. Try to schedule the visit into the late afternoon to avoid school groups! Cafeteria also had lots of reasonable lunch options

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Timmins, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Awesomest place to visit with curious children. My kids were at it for five hours before they even asked for a break! Everything is interactive, kid-friendly, they can touch and all their questions are answered. Will definitely go again!

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Thank 445reneeg
Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Guest passes, iMax movies and Parking were FREE with Gold membership. Now for 2017 what they have done is taken away all of those perks and instead they give you limited vouchers. Curious minds now have limitations, its a shame that place has turned into an another business after your wallet.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lot like most science museums, focusing more on edutainment for children than for anything interesting for adults. There are occasionally some exhibits that are more geared towards adults, and it is worth checking ahead to see what is on. The IMAX theater is pretty good too for the most recent nature docs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place for families, couples, all. Explore the Science Centre and the IMAX theatre. A lot to see. Head up to the Shops at Don Mills for skating, train ride for the kids,outdoor play area nice shops and restaurants, see a show. Lots to do. Love the Bier Markt and Joey's.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this place when I was in toronto on a family vacation. Kids have lot of activity and things to learn.

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Toronto
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Going in as 2 adults, I would say the science centre is a great place for kids and families with younger children. We went on a Saturday and many of the exhibitions are overwhelmed by kids. Parts of the science centre is just one big empty space and exhibitions itself looked a bit rundown and messy. The gift shop is... More 

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East York
East York includes a portion of old, industrial Toronto. Densely populated but incredibly safe, it boasts some of the city's earliest gardens and gardening clubs, attracting green thumbs everywhere. The tranquility of the Don Valley River area, which is rich with Toronto's oldest and tallest forests, is supplemented by the large ensemble of authentic and refurbished Edwardian homes, giving parts of East York allure. The other draw is for foodies: lovers of Bangladeshi fare will find authentic restaurants and markets in the area, with raw spices and desserts. East York also represents a lot of Toronto's Serbian food culture, and recently, has had an outcropping of solid microbrewery stops. For families, the science center is a favored weekend stop.
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