My husband works in an industry that is busiest during the summer months, so we have never really been able to take a long summer vacation. However, every summer we have managed to do something fun with our kids, whether it has been camping or going on a road trip somewhere different in Ontario. Both Bryan and Daniel have been to the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, and it’s a great place, but we had often heard about Science North in Sudbury, Ontario and how fabulous it is for kids. Mike and I had been to Sudbury, an old mining town, on our own many years before and had toured the nickel mine there, so between the Big Nickel Mine and Science North we thought it might be an interesting trip for the boys.
We picked a long weekend, jumped in the car, and headed north. Ontario is a beautiful province for road trips, and everyone enjoyed the ride. Once in Sudbury we headed for Science North, an interactive science museum consisting of two snow-flake shaped buildings. The snowflake buildings are connected by a rock tunnel, which passes through a billion-year-old geologic fault. Believe it or not, this fault line was not known to be under the complex during the construction of the building in the early 1980’s! Inside there is a 3D IMAX theatre, a planetarium, and exhibits galore! Now I’m definitely not putting down the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto because I have loved it since I was a small child, but there was one thing that we enjoyed far more about Science North, and that is the interactive nature of the exhibits. Not only can you learn about the animals and reptiles that inhabit northern forests, wetlands, and rivers and lakes in Ontario, but you can actually hold the little critters that call Science North their home.
This first photo is of me (yes I was brave enough!!) holding a giant stick bug. Isn’t he huge? Employees are on hand to get them out of their enclosures, and then while you are holding them they educate you on their life cycle, habitat, etc. Our boys were in seventh heaven!!
Now, this giant African snail I chose not to hold, so my husband did instead. He just seemed a little too slimy for my liking! He’s still sort of cute though :).
Stay tuned tomorrow for some more critters from Science North!