One of our family’s favourite indoor activities is frequenting the amazing museums we have in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. As a child, my favourite museum memory was the Crazy Kitchen at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. My family and I really enjoyed this Ottawa Museum. Check out my review!
Ottawa Museum underwent an $80 Million Dollar Renovation
After closing for three years to undergo an $80 million-dollar renovation, the Canada Science and Technology Museum reopened on November 2017. Shortly after visiting the first time, we decided that it was well worth the investment to purchase a yearly membership. At $125 for a family of four, it was a no-brainer, and one of the most affordable memberships available. You can even add on parking for an extra $35.40 which is a steal based on parking rates. AND…this gets you access to all THREE Ingenium museums which includes visits to the Agricultural and Aviation museums.
So much interactive activities to participate in
We have probably visited close to 15 times since they opened, and have also taken advantage of the other Ingenium museums as well. On our most recent visit, we spent about 2 ½ hours because there is SO much to do!
One area of the activity at the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa that is perfect for my 2 and 4-year-old boys, is the Zooom Room. Based on my observations it’s quite the popular spot for little ones. There is a designated toddler area with a starry sky, an interactive gear wall, an ultra-sensory play structure, a vehicle-building station and test ramps, a light and sound console and much more! You could spend hours in that room alone!
The original Crazy Kitchen from 1967
Did you know? The crazy kitchen is the same as when they first opened way back in 1967. They have revamped the outside with a video camera feature and screen so you can see your friends and family on the inside while you’re on the outside. It’s hilarious to see how everyone is off balanced from this wonky kitchen with its angular space and angled floor that makes you feel all wobbly. It didn’t seem to nauseate my boys that kept running through giggling and off balanced. So fun!
There are plenty of exhibits with hands-on interactive stations including puzzles, and play doctor sections at the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa. We stopped at many on our travels to the next major exhibits. The current special exhibit is called Moving Stories and it takes you through the history of transportation in Canada. There is a very cool kids area for them to build their own car which kept them busy for a while.
Trains, trains and more train
We wrapped up our visit with a stop to the train section. The kids love these big impressive trains, and what’s best is the train table at the end. It’s always hard to pull them away from that part! We managed to skip the gift shop this time but we often pop in for some toys on our way out. They have the coolest gifts for kids and adults
Check out the March Break Lineup
The museum has so much going on to keep your brain cells active coming up this March Break! Fun-filled activities, experiments, and demonstrations that are sure to keep visitors of all ages engaged.
You can visit their top-notch interactive exhibitions, get up close with demonstrations in the galleries, or head to the big demo stage for piping hot and supercool experiments at the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa. Don’t forget to try the special engineering challenge in Exploratek!
Here is a list of some upcoming March Break Fun! Visit their website for more info and I hope you enjoy the museum as much as we do!
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Disclaimer: I received a free yearly family membership from Ingenium Canada to review the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa. All of the opinions are my own.