by Stephen Johnson
The re-opening of the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology on November 17th has been a date marked on our calendars for quite some time. We were fortunate enough to get an invitation to try out its new Children’s Innovation Zone.
I am happy to report there are many activities to keep everyone happy, from the wee ones to the teens in the family. Our son David, who is nine, first wanted to try out the new Artebots mobile game. He was able to customize his own robot using actual artifacts from the museum. He then tried different augmented reality challenges from mountain climbing to space exploration.
David enjoyed the game but has always been a very hands-on kid as well. He was immediately attracted to the climbing wall which seemed well-suited for a number of different age levels. He also tried out a vehicle-making station where he put together foam blocks with wheels. A person could then try out their creation on a test ramp. We ended our time at the children’s area with David trying out an interactive gear display. It was like watching the moving pieces of a clock.
There will be plenty to keep the young ones entertained from an ultra-sensory play structure to a sound and light console. I was happy there was a good combination of high tech and low tech. The space itself was very open and looked like it could accommodate a lot of kids.
We did not get to see the entire museum but I did peak around a few corners. The crazy kitchen is still there! All of the displays looked very interactive so expect a hands-on visit to the museum.
As mentioned, the museum will be re-opening on November 17th. We are already planning to be some of the first people in line!