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Telus World of Science Vancouver: All you need to know for a successful visit

The Telus World of Science in Vancouver BC is a place that kids of all ages will love to spend the day. With so many rainy, dreary days in Vancouver, it means there is always a reason to head indoors to play. At Science World there are tons of educational activities that babies, toddlers and big kids will love to get their hands on. Parents will also enjoy the exhibits as there is a little something for everyone. Here is how to make the most of your visit to Telus World of Science Vancouver.

Telus World of Science Vancouver

Telus World of Science Vancouver

  • 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Time needed: Average is 2-3. I easily spent 5 hours with a 6 year old.
  • Price $$$$
  • Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 10-5
  • Sat, Sun and some Holidays 10-6. Some exceptions, see here for details.

I took my six year old daughter, Chloe to Science World on a recent day off from school. It was a professional development day and I decided that rather than go see a movie or spend the day at the mall it would be better to take her on an educational science adventure.

Telus World of Science has been around for about 30 years. When I was in elementary school (many moons ago) we used to go there for field trips every couple of years. I have many great memories of exploring and playing hands on in all the exhibits.

It had been about 20 years since I had been to science world and I’m happy to say that there is still tons of fresh, fun exhibits and activities that people of all ages will enjoy- even if you don’t have kids.

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How much does it cost to go to Science World?

Admission Rates

Telus World of Science ain’t cheap. This was definitely a special treat for me and my little one. Between admission, the Omnimax movie, lunch and parking I spent about $100 just for the two of us.

Adult (19+) $27.15
Senior (65+) $21.70
Student (w/ ID) $21.70
Youth (13–18) $21.70
Child (3–12)* $18.10

How much are Omnimax tickets?

When you purchase regular admission the Omnimax tickets are $6.50 per person. If you are just going there for the Omnimax film only they are $12.75.

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Can you bring food into Science World?

Yes, you can bring your own bagged lunch if you like. They have a dedicated lunch room or you can sit outside and enjoy the community garden area. There is also a Triple O’s restaurant on the first level of the building and a snack station on the second where you can purchase drinks, chocolate bars and chips. There are water fountains throughout the center and vending machines on each floor.

Is there parking at Science World?

There is paid parking in front of Science World. Four hours of parking will cost you about $16. There is a Skytrain station directly across the street. If you are able, I would recommend taking transit and save yourself the headache of city driving and navigating the parking lot.

Is Science World fun for toddlers?

There are lots of fun things for toddlers to enjoy at Science World. Science World is a “must-do” if you are visiting Vancouver, BC with toddlers or kids. It’s a very well-thought out museum with tons of things for children and adults. Even if you aren’t a fan of science museums, it’s a fun place to play with your kids.

Exhibits at Telus World of Science

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Here are some of the best exhibits for young visitors:

Body Works: Body works is a fun area where you can get an inside look of the human body. There are 3D models and preserved organs like brains and lungs on display. Caution for sensitive viewers: “Where did I come from?” includes frank discussion and images of reproduction, sexuality and childbirth.

Eureka: This was my daughter’s favorite area. There is a huge water table, walk on piano, ball launchers, parachutes and much more. Experiment with water, light, sound and motion in this fabulous exhibit.

BMO Sustainability Gallery: This was such a great exhibit all about sustainability, recycling and using resources wisely. Explore electricity, water consumption and waste. Learn about how our everyday decisions can affect the world around us.

Ken Spencer Science Park: This outdoor park was one of our favorite areas. There is a chicken coop with little windows that you can peek into and get an inside look of the chicken habitat. There is also a play area for the kids and a couple of giant water features.

Tinkering Space:  Work Safe BC Gallery. The Work Safe BC Gallery facilitates and nurtures hands-on creativity and problem-solving, while emphasizing safe practices and general safety awareness. There are workshops where kids can learn how to do projects such as making an electric vehicle out of recycled materials. There are Keva blocks available to build with as well.

Wonder Gallery for kids aged 0-5:  This highly-interactive gallery boasts 3,300 square feet for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to crawl, splash, build, climb, play with light, and experiment. As well, there’s a child-friendly washroom, with quiet hand dryers and child-size amenities and a quiet room for nursing mothers.

Have you visited Science World Vancouver yet? Let me know your favorite exhibit in the comments!

Science World Vancouver

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