So what activities do you have planned for the kids this summer?
Does it involve sports?
In a recent survey conducted by the Science Centre parents have revealed that balance is key for their children this summer. Despite recent concerns that Canadian kids are over-programmed a new national study found that 70 per cent of parents with children ages six to 12 years old said they want their kids to have balance between organized programs and unstructured time in the summer. When asked what would offer children the most benefit during the summer the top three choices by parents were sports, visits to cultural attractions (like museums, science centres), and unstructured playtime and learning.
Just in time for the summer months and in-line with what the survey showed parents want for their kids, the Ontario Science Centre is launching a new exhibition, SPORT.
Opening on June 25th, visitors can visit this exhibit and try their hand at throwing pitches from the mound to home plate regulation standards, race a cheetah, test landing skills to see if they meet gymnastics standards, time your balance, and more. And hey, just in time for the Olympics!
Toronto Raptors' home-town favourite, Jamaal Magliore was on hand at the Ontario Science Centre's SPORT Exhibit media launch along with some very excited students from a local public school. Loved that he could relate with the kids! He told them that when he was growing up he was just like them...went to school in the same area and was offered the same opportunities....and that he sneaked into the Science Centre with his friends. Of course he doesn't encourage that now...but it's much better than hanging out at the mall, don't you think?
The SPORT Exhibit will officially open to the public on Monday, June 25th. For more information, hours of operation and other events/activities (including camp!) please visit the website at
Since 1969, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed over 45 million visitors with an interactive approach that was the model for Science Centres around the world. It is the public centre for innovative thinking and provocative dialogue in science and technology, aiming to inspire a lifelong journey of curiosity, discovery and action to create a better future for the planet. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Bring on Summer!