5 New Exhibits to see with Kids

NHL Centennial Exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame

Want to introduce your preschooler to science or got a tween who's wild about the sports? Then you're in the right city. Toronto offers incredible cultural experiences for kids, from a world-class museums to galleries. Here are 5 new kid-friendly exhibits that are currently in town (or coming soon!).

Biomechanics: The Machine Inside at Ontario Science Centre

Biomechanics: The Machine Inside
This new exhibition, now open at the Ontario Science Centre, gives visitors a new appre­ciation for the machine inside all living things. Interactive displays explore animals and plants as machines built for survival, complete with pumps, claws, springs and wings. Using real specimens, life-like models, and video footage, along with interactive displays, the exhibition investi­gates how cheetahs run so fast, how a toucan stays cool in the jungle, how a Venus fly trap detects its next meal and how many other organisms function as machines in order to survive, move and discover. Discover how burrs found in dog fur inspired the invention of Velcro, how prosthetic limbs are modeled on the action of human muscles and tendons, and how humans have mined and mimicked nature’s designs in other ways to improve our lives. The exhibition runs until May 7, 2017. Visit www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/biomechanics/.

NHL Centennial Exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL Centennial Exhibit
Opening on March 10, 2017, the exhibit is an immersive tribute to 100 years of NHL hockey, highlighting some of the most memorable players and moments in league history. The NHL's 100 Greatest Players, as selected by an NHL-appointed panel, are featured graphically and through video vignettes. Artifacts on display include the stick used by Wayne Gretzky to score his NHL single-season record 92nd goal, the gloves worn by Sidney Crosby to capture the Stanley Cup, the final stick used by Jean Beliveau, Gordie Howe's 700th goal puck, the jersey worn by Mario Lemieux in the Stanley Cup Final, Bobby Orr's infamous knee brace, Jacques Plante's iconic goalie mask and Maurice "Rocket" Richard's Order of Canada. And, on display for the first time is the original Minute Book of the National Hockey League - the only behind-the-scenes account of hockey's forefathers and their task in shaping the NHL from its inception in 1917. Visit www.hhof.com.

Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story at the ROM

Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story
Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story opens March 11, 2017, and features one of the largest and most complete blue whale skeletons in the world. The exhibition explores the story of the nine blue whales from the endangered North Atlantic population that became stranded in thick ice and died. Two of these specimens came ashore in Trout River and Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland in May 2014. In cooperation with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the ROM and Research Casting International travelled to the site and recovered the skeletons, their DNA and other important biological information. This Canadian recovery story was followed closely by millions of people around the world. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a fully articulated Blue Whale skeleton, one of the largest and most complete Blue Whale skeletons on display in the world. On until September 4, 2017. Visit www.rom.on.ca/en/blue-whale.

digiPlaySpace at TIFF Bell Lightbox

TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace
​digiPlaySpace is TIFF Kids' interactive playground, where kids can control a robotic arm, paint with light, learn to code using physical blocks, and more! The 2017 edition of digiPlaySpace is an immersive learning experience, surrounding visitors and delighting the senses with the world's most innovative, imaginative, and entertaining media creations. The award-winning exhibition runs until April 23, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Visit www.tiff.net/digiplayspace.

The Big Freeze at Royal Botanical Gardens

The Big Freeze
The Big Freeze at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington answers questions such as: When did the ice age start? Is it over now or will the ice return? And what happened to all those ice age mammals? The Big Freeze is a cool exhibit experience with two special exhibitions and daily, family-friendly activities to can explore the past and learn about the future. Visitors will marvel at the mega-sized mammals of the real Ice Age. Discover how dramatic environmental changes have shaped Canada’s landscape over the past four million years. Explore how palaeontologists uncover the mysteries of our frozen past. On until April 17, 2017. Visit www.rbg.ca/bigfreeze.

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