Take the kids to the Canada Science and Technology Museum
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Thursday, 01 November 2012 16:25
The Canada Science and Technology Museum contains a plethora of exhibits fit for visitors of all ages, and those who travel to Ontario with tiny tots in tow will undoubtedly want to take them here. With revolving exhibitions every few months, the museum is rarely the same thing twice, so no matter how many times travellers have been to Ottawa, they can expect to have a completely new experience.
Energy: Power to Choose, is one of the many exhibitions visitors can check out, and as the environment is at the forefront of everyone's minds lately, it might be important to take the kids here so they understand how energy works. Along with a human hamster wheel, which is large enough to accommodate both kids and adults - this exhibit also features interactive displays where visitors can produce their own electricity or discover where Canada produces its power. Museum goers should keep their eyes open for the electric eel, which actually produces its own energy!
Another long-term exhibition is Locomotive Hall, where visitors can treat their eyes to full-size steam locomotives that once served as the engines for transporting goods as well as travellers. These behemoths are about three times the height of the average person and visitors can get up close and personal to these spectacular marvels. A set of stairs leads museum goers into the train itself, so kids can pretend they're conductors and mime tugging on the horn.
Want the kids to learn even more about the environment? From the Farm to the Freeway: Biocomposite Plastics is a hands-on exhibition where visitors can see what exactly it takes for a "green" car to run. Bioplastics, which are a recycled composite, have been helping Canadian drivers save the environment every time they turn the key in their ignition. This automotive research program has been funded by the Canada Science and Technology Museum and is a gateway to additional studies for the benefits of plant-based manufacturing.
Children are fascinated with space, and visitors with a future astronaut in their midst should take them to Virtual Voyages, which is an interactive simulator where lovers of outer space can take a trip to far-off realms and see what it's like to be an explorer of the stars.