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CityPass Toronto Part Three: Ontario Science Centre

I learned two things today. One: biologists in Madagascar have discovered a moth that drinks the tears off sleeping birds (creepy). Two: I hate the the Ontario Science Centre.

I have a huge headache and maybe that's why I'm so grumpy, but it's the Ontario Science Centre's own fault for having so many insufferable demonstrations that send me on aural overload. Hey kids, be your own DJ; pump up the volume and dance, dance--wait, no, over here; make a tune by smacking a couple of metal spoons together or try whacking them on a steel washboard. Have you ever played with Indonesian clashing symbols? Now's your chance! ARRRGGGHHH!!!!

Mommy needs some quite time.

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Ironic caption on screen reads "Light Polution, How Can We Solve the Problem?".

While I enjoyed some aspects, Rowland Emmett's whirligig assemblages for one and the Question of Truth exhibit (which is more inclusive of historic scientific knowledge than the usual Newton and Descartes fare), and I am also truly grateful they have finally upgraded many of their exhibits from the 1970's, I can't help but feel overwhelmed almost at every turn. While being superb on simulacrum, the Ontario Science Centre is soft on science with every installation trying to compete over the others, all of which are screaming for attention. It's a wonder anyone learns anything. The kids, however, are having a riot on day three of our CityPass touristy tour.

They especially enjoyed the overpriced and blatantly commercial Marvel Super Hero's Science Exhibition where you've got your Storm lightening/electricity "action station", your Iceman ice display, your Magneto magnet display ... you get the where I'm going with this? The kicker was a movie of Stan Lee himself expounding the science behind the comics. Let's put it this way, the five year old REALLY enjoyed it. Not for the Adult comic book fan (although don't take my word for it). The Citypass book and general admission does not include the Marvel Super Hero's Science Exhibition which is an extra $14 for adults, $11.50 youths/seniors, and $9 kids.

Tomorrow I will continue with CityPass Toronto Part Four: The AGO.


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