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Author: Mhairri Woodhall

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Mhairri now lives in Calgary with her husband and young daughter. Specializing in family, luxury and culinary focused travel, Mhairri loves exploring her new province, nourishing her wanderlust and writing about her adventures.

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Sitting in Telus World of Science Edmonton, I can’t figure out who is having more fun – my two-year old daughter, or young at heart husband Curt. They’ve been playing in the model jet plane for at least half an hour.

Throughout the flight, my toddler effortlessly transitions from co-pilot to flight attendant, handing out meals to passengers. Apart from my little two-man crew I’m the only person onboard and now have three dinner trays on my lap. Curt of course is glued to the captain’s chair, pressing buttons, flicking lights and simulating engine sounds. I’m thankful we came early and have the place to ourselves for the moment.

Kid Focused Discoveryland

The jet plane lives in the Sky High imagination area of Discoveryland. Prior to boarding, we passed through a miniature security area complete with x-ray machine and pint sized luggage. For parents with younger children – infancy to eight years – Discoveryland is the place to be. Getting a little wet is part of fun in the Cloud Burst water play area. My daughter loved tossing the brightly coloured plastic balls and watching them float in the oversized water table. There’s also a tree house, giant cloud piano and Tot Galaxy (ages three and under) with climbing area and infant care room for feeding and changing.

Larger than Life Movies

Telus World of Science has two theatres – an IMAX and the Margaret Zeidler full dome theatre. Two terrific films for the younger age group are, In My Backyard, narrated by children’s entertainer Fred Penner and One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure. Both play in the dome theatre and are included in the price of admission. You’ll pay an additional fee for the IMAX films but they are well worth it if you have slightly older children who are happy to wear the glasses. The science centre is also the first theatre in western Canada to feature an IMAX Laser 4K projector. Brighter colours, sharper images and precision sound are just a few of the advanced technology’s impressive features. Curt is eagerly planning his return.

More to Explore

After a few hours here I realize we’ve barely even seen a third of all the cool exhibits. There’s still The Body Fantastic with 3D models showing how the human body works and Space Place where there’s a real moon rock on display. And with special features exhibits that change monthly – not to mention all the movies – buying an annual family membership means all the return trips we could want.

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