My kids are always fans of interactive science museums, and Calgary’s Telus Spark is one of the best. Located adjacent to the Calgary Zoo, Spark is a new indoor facility with an additional outdoor facility scheduled to open this summer (of 2014). It includes four large galleries with hands-on exhibits (including an open studio), two theaters (including a digital Dome theater), a lab, and a specialized kids’ museum for young children.
Telus Spark Science Review:
Our school-aged kids gravitated to the Energy and Innovation gallery and Earth and Sky gallery first, where they spent the better part of two hours. I checked out the Creative Kids Museum for kids 8 and under, and loved the large play spaces, hands-on music and theater areas, and interactive science exhibits geared just for this age group. When my kids were smaller, we would have been here for hours.
Upstairs, the Open Studio offers a large space for kids to build, create, and even take apart…my kids loved destroying old VCR innards and building huge block towers. The Being Human gallery was my personal favorite: this area explores ways humans are distinct and also ways we’re all similar. It asks participants questions, catalogues answers, and offers feedback in the form of crowd-sourcing. There are numerous small experiments visitors con conduct with a friend or family member, as well.
In all, we spent as much time in Telus as in the excellent Calgary Zoo, and timed it perfectly: outdoors, a thunderstorm raged during our visit. Telus Spark is the place to be with the kids when the weather prevents outdoor fun in Calgary.
The museum does have a large quick-service cafe with the usual kid-friendly fare (plus a number of healthy options) located upstairs. This is a also a good place for adults to take a break with a book (if you have older kids!).
Admission is $19.95 for adults, $15.95 for youth (13-17) and $12.95 for kids (3-12). Theater tickets are additional. Parking is $5. If you’re visiting the zoo on the same day, it is possible to park in either lot and walk to the other, but this does involve crossing a street.
Check the official page for hours as they do change significantly by season.
Telus Spark is located at 220 St. George’s Drive NE. It’s accessible by bike path or Calgary Transit.
We toured Telus Spark on our Great Coast Road Trip with Coast Hotels. Read more about our road trip through the Wild West of Alberta!