Ontario Science Centre

Ontario Science Centre, Toronto: Hours, Address, Ontario Science Centre Reviews: 4/5

Ontario Science Centre
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Where questions spark discovery! The Ontario Science Centre invites you to an exciting visit full of exploration, adventure and innovation! Visitors of all ages can explore more than 500 interactive exhibits, take in live science demonstrations, check out a real-life rain forest and a science arcade and discover the wonders of the galaxy in the Space Hall, home to Toronto’s only public planetarium. Experience how thrilling films can be on our giant screen inside Ontario’s only IMAX® Dome theatre (film tickets sold separately). Science at Home: Science is everywhere, and learning can happen anywhere. That’s why, during our temporary closure due to COVID19, we’re bringing the Science Centre to you! From DIY experiments to science activities to educational resources, we’ve got you covered. Explore the science around you. Whether you’re in the kitchen or the backyard, there are lots of opportunities to ask questions, make observations and test theories. Visit our website today!
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ren
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Not at all worth the price. The majority of what we saw during our time there was for younger kids with little to no appeal for teens or adults. We originally came looking for something to do for the day but found ourselves bored in less than an hour of being there. The highlight of our visit would be seeing the "Ocean" film in the IMAX theatre. Great picture, quality, and sound unlike the other aspects of the science centre.

Could be fun for young kids, but personally wouldn't go again.
Written August 13, 2022
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Carla smith
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Family
Since the science Center is supposed to be all about science and experimenting projects, it was lacking a lot of interesting science work. Because most visitors are youth groups, this place should have interesting, fun and learning projects for kids to see and learn about.
Written August 6, 2022
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Jennifer K
4 contributions
Family
Awesome exhibits! You need a full day to see everything. Very entertaining for all ages! IMAX films were very entertaining too! Nice theatre! Clean! Very nice & friendly staff!
Written August 3, 2022
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Stormflora
Toronto, Canada22 contributions
Thoroughly going through each exhibit was about a three hour experience. Sadly, I went when Levels 1, half of 2, and most of the outdoor areas were closed off, so I didn't get the full experience. I'm not sure why the OSC didn't give a discount to factor this in.

The exhibits were largely child-oriented, but there were also some that were strangely adult-oriented. Overall, there wasn't much beyond Level 5, but time flies by quickly as you pace yourself through all of the areas. A good experience, although the price of admission and parking was a bit stiff. Probably won't be going there again for quite some time.
Written June 30, 2022
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Claire
Ontario's Near North, Canada1 contribution
Friends
It was a fun place to go with your family. Very informative and at the same time, kids will enjoy your stay for the whole day with lots of activities to do.
Written March 27, 2022
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sterlingwoman
Niagara Falls, Canada63 contributions
what fun for the whole family. Many different activities on many subjects!!!
Lots of walking...and lots to do ! Hands on & experiential.
You need the day to really see it all.
have been several times & will go back!

Cafe has decent food & lots of variety, but it's pricey.
Written March 24, 2022
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CJZvan2009
Toronto123 contributions
We arrived early because we understood from reviews that you even have to line-up for parking. I wish we could pay for parking ahead of time, but we did move through quite quickly. It was raining, but many families (even with babies and little kids) lined up outside anyway. The Science Centre was kind enough to open doors early for that reason. The line moved quickly because they had staff to direct people with or without tickets, although we were still a little confused if we were in the right line. But once we were checked-in it was easy to go straight to the exhibits we were interested in with a little direction from the many staff available. We were surprised by how much we could do in two hours even with a March Break crowd probably because we arrived at opening. I saw a negative review about having to read too much stuff, but we found there was still plenty of interactive stations or videos to watch, and my kids (ages 10, 13 and even my husband) never seemed bored. We also ate at the cafeteria which was reasonably priced and seemed to have a good food selection and seating. The person who served us messed up the order, but otherwise no other complaints.
Written March 21, 2022
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Beth
Oakville, Canada1 contribution
Friends
It does not have much fun interaction devices, which I believe should be the most important part of a science center. Too many words and explanations to be read. How does that suppose to work for kids? We only spent 2 hours go through everything and left. Definitely will not go there again.
这家科技馆可供参观者动手体验的太少了,即使有一些可以动手的,也特别的简单。感觉基本以阅读文字为主。原本计划逛一整个下午,结果走马观花两小时就离开了。和北京的中国科技馆简直没法比,那个真是百去不厌。
Written March 17, 2022
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IAl
Toronto, Canada203 contributions
Family
Definitely do NOT go in the weekend! It’s too packed and can get stuffy real fast, forcing you to hurry along to somewhere where it’s wide and airy. Also, you may want to avoid Kidspark and the Space Center altogether, as it’s in the busy level 4 area. Also too many people (kids) lining up to use the hands-on exhibits. Otherwise, this is a really fun place and very informative and we would enjoy it a lot more if we went on a weekday.

Our favourite area is the Telus Rainforest, where you are inside of an actual rainforest and can see actual poison dart frogs in various colours.
Written February 20, 2022
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TravellingIsAMust4Us
108 contributions
Family
I feel bad rating this so low. & I went with low expectations…I had never been (I’m 39) and my kids had never been (ages 10 & 12). I read mostly good reviews but 1 bad review stuck out in my mind. Ok, it’s November 2021, we’re still affected by the pandemic. No one was there which made it great; No lines, no crowds, no waiting. However, we zoomed through the exhibits in an hour, nothing really wowed us, most felt like waiting room exhibits, like maybe the real stuff is in this next room???Thankfully we got the “hair raising experience” at 11:30am prior to the OmniMax movie we had booked at 12pm- this is where you touch the static electricity ball & your hair stands on end. I was also grateful I had paid extra for the movie otherwise a 1.5 hour drive here would have been additionally disappointing for a 1 hour walk through. However, the movie (Back from the Brink - about 3 near-extinct animals) was no better. It got really boring. & this isn’t terrible, but to put in perspective there were 4 families in this large theatre. Like I said I feel bad leaving a bad review, everywhere is struggling because of the pandemic, but with a name like ONTARIO science centre, it should be amazing & it really felt like we visited somewhere that is closing down tomorrow. Permanently.
Written November 11, 2021
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Ontario Science Centre is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wed - Fri 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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