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June 26, 2014

Visit Vancouver: Science World at Telus British Columbia

I love taking the kids to science museums, where they have so much fun they don't even realize they're learning, so I knew a visit to Science World at TELUS World of Science was a must for our trip to Vancouver.
So much to do at Science World!
Highlights of Our Visit
Housed in an eye-catching geodesic dome, Science World offers visitors a number of different galleries and exhibits that educate, engage, and inspire. 

We were able to interact with exhibits that taught us about energy, recycling, the body, light, sound, water, and so much more!

My kids enjoyed playing a recycling game, watching balls move through the Dyson Airflow Wall Exhibit, and making music on a gigantic keyboard.
Recycling Game
Dyson Airflow Wall Exhibit
Making music on a giant keyboard
One of our family's favorite exhibits was in Science of Sports, where my kids could race against a cheetah!
Racing against a cheetah
There was also a room where we could see neat objects built with KEVA planks, and kids could create their own objects using KEVA planks as well.
KEVA Plank Creations
My youngest two kids loved the Kidspace (designed for kids ages 1-6), where they could build, climb, and even sit in a spaceship!
Gravitram
Throughout the day there were also numerous shows that kids could watch and participate in.
Air Show
My oldest son also participated in the Living lab, where students from the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia conduct research on cognitive development.

It was such a fun day of learning and play!

Dining
On site is Triple O's, where we had a quick and satisfying lunch, as well as the Snack Lab, where you can grab some sweet or salty treats!

Our Experience Visiting as a Special-Needs Family
My oldest son has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and although I know kids on the spectrum all behave and react differently in various environments, I always try to share our personal experience when visiting attractions.

Fortunately on the day we went (a weekday) the crowd was not too overwhelming, and even though there were a variety of different types of exhibits, he did not seem to get overstimulated by all that there was to see and do.

He found several exhibits that he loved, particularly those that involved balls or water, and whenever he seemed to get anxious we'd simply take him back to those exhibits.

Although he usually does well watching shows, he did not want to watch any of the shows that were going on throughout the day, and there were some exhibits he was a bit afraid of (e.g. the Electric Hands exhibit, which used currents to power a speaker that made a startling sound), fortunately there were many other exhibits he enjoyed.

Since he also really loves tunnels and enclosed spaces, he loved the Sara Stern Gallery, where he could crawl through a beaver's lodge, as well as climb up into a tree.

I was also very impressed with all the new activities he tried, such as balancing on a beam, and jumping off a platform, however, he'd always want to go back to the Dyson Airflow Wall or the Waterplay station, where he was always calm and content.

Although he did experience moments of anxiety, there were numerous areas throughout the museum to sit for rest breaks, and there were areas, like at the puzzle and brain-teaser stations, where it was a lot quieter than other areas.

Overall he did very well, and he simply loved interacting with so many different exhibits.  

Final Thoughts
We had an amazing time at Science World, and it is easily one of the best, if not the best, science museum we have ever visited.

I love that there were so many different interactive and engaging exhibits for visitors of all ages, and that we were able to learn so much while having fun at the same time.

We spent nearly the entire day there, and I know there was still so much more we could've learned and discovered.

A visit to Science World is a great way to spend the day with family!

Science World at TELUS World of Science
1455 Quebec St
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7, Canada
604-443-7440

Click here for hours and rates; click here for parking information.

Thank you to Science World for hosting my children's visit.  Admission for two adults, as well as lunch, was paid on our own. 

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