If you have a curious mind and still love to play with toys, Science World is a blast. There are plenty of hands-on gadgets, puzzles, games, and activities, as well as dinosaur skeletons, carnivorous plants, and a giant Omnimax immersion theater.
The main feature display changes – those I’ve seen have included full-size models used in the Aliens movies, a series of fantastic giant LEGO sculptures, and Bodyworlds. The latter exhibit comprises preserved real human bodies without skin. It’s actually more fascinating than horrifying (though after looking at a dead smoker’s exposed lung, live smokers were invited to chuck their cigarettes into a glass case to begin a new smoke-free existence and the case was full).
My favourite among the newest regular exhibits is an interactive game where two players place their foreheads against a sensor to control a small ball with their minds. The person who is best able to calm his or her own brain waves is able to push the ball to the opponent’s side, winning the game. A display shows you whether your brain waves are smooth or spiking.
Science World is great for all ages, though it does hold adult nights from time to time complete with beer and wine sales.
For more information, see the Scienceworld.ca website.