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Science World…

As always, we feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful city with endless opportunities for adventure. We don’t have a children’s museum here in Vancouver but we have something equally awesome: Science World!  It can be crazy busy on weekends, but we decided to visit on what would have been a school day for some, therefore less busy (in theory!)

On our way there we stopped to admire this crazy sculpture on display for the Vancouver Biennale. 

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I am old enough to remember the old Arts and Science Centre on Seymour Street which was neat, but since the move into the geodesic dome after Expo 86, Science World is quite spectacular. I have visited as a teacher many times, and no two visits have ever been the same. Now, as a parent, I get to enjoy it through the gleeful discoveries of my own children. It really is amazing!

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One thing we all loved about our recent trip was the focus on eco-science: recycling, stewardship, resource management… it’s exciting to me to know that a great number of people are concerned about and working towards a healthy future for our planet.  (We need it more than it needs us…)

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As it happens, it was Green Month at Science world.  Coincidentally the two words start with our two favourite letters:

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The gallery of the dome is filled with art – my favourite was the giant giraffe.

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The kids loved the optical illusions…

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…especially the one where the speed and colours could be controlled!

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Our day was filled with fun…

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…especially in the water room…

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G.Jr. loved the vacuum tubes (beware of falling balls!)…

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I loved the view of the city and False Creek…

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Miss G. loved the infrared “air” harp…

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Back to the water room – new favourite: underwater tornado.

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Look how hot we got!

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This is what I remember best from the old Science Centre:

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After getting truly tired from running room to room we spent an hour building with the Keva blocks.  Not these things, but ours was almost as amazing…

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We finished our visit with some time in the geology wing…

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…where I discovered that one of my children weighs the same as a Giant Pacific Octopus…

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…and the other one weighs as much as a wolverine…

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…before they moved into a beaver dam, where they felt quite at home!

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Our last stop this time was the outside exhibit featuring renewable energy and sustainable urban farming.  Maybe it was due to the perfect Vancouver weather, but this part of our day was my favourite.  (I do have a soft spot for chickens…)

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On our way out I snapped these photos of the carved tree stump sculptures on the lawn…

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… and, as usual, we finished our day at the playground!

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“Upside-down trees swingin’ free,
Busses float and buildings dangle:
Now and then it’s nice to see
The world — from a different angle.”

(Shel Silverstein, Falling Up)

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