9 Exhibitions to Explore With Kids this Summer

Summer of Space! at the Ontario Science Centre

If you're looking for a little break from the heat, explore these local museums and attractions, and take in the latest family-friendly exhibitions. 9 must-see exhibitions that you can bring the kids to see this summer.

Photo: Hockey Hall of Fame

9 & 99: The Howe - Gretzky Exhibition at the Hockey Hall of Fame
An exhibition unlike any other, paying homage to the most prolific scorers of our generations. Witness the greatest compilation of milestone artifacts and rare personal memorabilia, all hand-picked by Hockey Hall of Fame curators from the Howe and Gretzky family collections. Revel in the legacy and indelible bond of 'Mr. Hockey' and 'The Great One'. Until March 2020. More

It's Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection at ROM
Famous guitarist Kirk Hammett, of the heavy metal band Metallica, has created one of the world’s most extraordinary collections of classic horror and sci-fi movie posters. This exhibition explores Hammett’s significant collection and examines the connection between artistry, emotion, and popular culture through a selection of works from 20th-century cinema. Until January 5. More

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Lightning McQueen on Display at Canadian Automotive Museum
The Canadian Automotive Museum is displaying a full scale model of Lightning McQueen from Disney Pixar’s Cars 3. The iconic main character from Pixar’s Cars animated film franchise, Lightning McQueen is part athlete, part stock car and you can view it until November 30. More

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The Moon: A Voyage Through Time at Aga Khan Museum
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing The Moon: A Voyage Through Time explores our enduring fascination with this enchanting orb in the sky and looks at the role it has played in faith, science, and the arts across the Muslim world and beyond. This major new exhibition showcases ancient artifacts, important miniature paintings, scientific instruments, Islamic manuscripts, and contemporary art. Together with interactive devices, displays, and installations The Moon: A Voyage Through Time invites guests to observe and imagine the moon in new ways. Until August 18. More

Retro Futures Exhibit Tours
Retro Futures is a nostalgic trip back to futures-that-might-have-been, as seen from the starry eyes of early science fiction writers and illustrators. Meet inside the TD Gallery. Drop in. Admission is free. Until July 23. More

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Summer of Space! at the Ontario Science Centre
Summer of Space features some new space-themed exhibitions, IMAX® films and a planetarium show. Throughout the summer, enjoy special monthly programming on Canada’s contribution to space, the Moon and the future of space exploration. Astronaut Exhibition: Climb into a centrifuge and learn about G-force, learn what it's like to conduct maintenance on a space station and learn the realities of showering, sleeping and using the toilet in space. Women in Space Exhibition: Get to know some of the leading women in aerospace. From deploying advanced telescopes to inventing the BioSuit, women-led space exploration is leaping forward with science innovations and engineering technology. Until September 2. More

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Treasures of a Desert Kingdom at the ROM
Explore the spectacular royal arts of one of India’s greatest former kingdoms, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Alluring jewellery, lavish tents and canopies, vibrant paintings, and opulent decorative arts tell stories of kingship, strategic alliances, the role of women and life at court.Treasures of a Desert Kingdom features masterpieces drawn from the collection of the former royal family, most of which are on display outside their palace setting for the very first time. Until September 2. More

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Washed Ashore-Art To Save The Sea at Toronto Zoo
​Washed Ashore is an aesthetically powerful art installation that is built completely from plastics found in oceans and waterways around the world. A first for Canada, this unique exhibit educates the public about the devastating effects of plastic pollution, to spark positive changes in consumer habits. Experience this important and timely exhibition with 10 larger-than-life sculptures including an eight foot tall penguin, a twelve foot high jelly fish and Washed Ashore’s newest sculpture, an 800 lb shark. The exhibit is Free with Zoo admission and runs until November 2019. More

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Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room: Let's Survive Forever at AGO
For more than 60 years, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (born 1929) has invited people to participate in her groundbreaking visions of infinity. The AGO recently acquired one of her infinity rooms as part of its permanent exhibitions. INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM - LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER features mirrored spheres suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the floor. A mirrored column inside the room invites visitors to peer into a seemingly infinite field of silver orbs. More

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