Our family has held an annual membership at Telus Spark in Calgary since our eldest was two-years old. Back then of course it was located downtown and called Telus World of Science. When the new centre opened across the road from the Calgary Zoo, we spent most of our time in the Creative Kids Museum. The girls loved crawling through the climbing structure, building giant block towers, splashing in the water play area and taking centre stage in the theatre.
Our youngest, now in grade six, is learning about the solar system in school. Her thirst for knowledge on all things space has us visiting Spark quite often these days.
There are usually two 45-minute planetarium shows presented daily for ages eight and up in the HD Digital Dome Theatre. The content changes from time to time, but it’s always engaging and informative. The girls and I have discovered so much about our galaxy and solar system here. We’ve travelled hundreds of light years into deep space to see how stars are born, explored the mysterious depths of a black hole and learned about all of the seasonal constellations and planets that we can see from our very own backyard. The presenters are fantastic and encourage lots of questions from the audience. This Christmas, the kids will get the telescope they have been begging for since they attended their first show.
Another favourite is The Brainasium – an outdoor park with 19 m (62 ft) long slide. The kids love climbing up the 10 m (33 ft) ladder and squealing with glee to the bottom at least ten times per visit. Calgary’s only six-person teeter-totter is also a fun activity to try with the whole family. Sprinting through the log forest, while trying not to touch a single tree and climbing the massive rope web tends to be an easy way to burn off some physical energy after a morning of mental stimulation. In summer, The Brainasium is also our top spot for enjoying a picnic lunch in the sunshine.
After a day at Spark I’m never sure who had more fun – the kids or me. I learn something new every time we visit. So I’ve planned to take my husband to the Adults Only Night, which runs the second Thursday of every month. Each evening has a featured theme and there’s even a DJ and licensed bar – how cool is that? We’ll head straight to the Being Human exhibit to learn how our brains react to falling in love and how compatible hubby and I really are!