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Kindergarten Programs

Adventures in Science (JK-SK)

Take an imaginary journey over land and water. Meet an animal from the jungles of Madagascar, experiment with simple machines, and feel the warmth of a hot air balloon. Find your way home by using inquiry and working together!

Exhibit Inquiry:
Grades:  Junior and Senior Kindergarten
Duration:  45 Minutes
Format:  Hands-On Workshop
Times:  10:15-11, 11:15-12, 12:15-1, 1:15-2, 2:15-3 and 3:15-4
Frequency:  Monday to Friday, 6 times a day
Capacity:  15 to 30 students at a time
Price:  $10 / student
Language:  English and French

Program Connections:  specific expectations for Adventures in Science
  • Science and Technology

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Science Investigators (JK-SK)

Look! Guess! Do! Apply the scientific method to unravel the mystery of the missing poison dart frogs! Use detective skills and equipment to identify shoeprint patterns, discover hidden markings with an ultraviolet light and compare soil samples. Gather information, sort data and communicate results to solve this “whodunit.”

Grades:  Junior and Senior Kindergarten
Duration:  45 Minutes
Format:  Hands-On Workshop
Times:  10:15-11; 11:15-12; 12:15-1, 1:15-2, 2:15-3 and 3:15-4
Frequency:  Monday to Friday, 6 times a day
Capacity:  15 to 30 students at a time
Price:  $10 / student
Language:  English and French

Program Connections:  specific expectations for Science Investigators
  • Science and Technology

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Primary Programs (Grades 1 to 3)


Mathematics Program

The Ontario Science Centre is known for informal science programs that are hands-on and interactive.  We have taken this successful approach of inspiring and engaging students to support the Ontario mathematics curriculum. Our workshops complement the formal classroom experiences for all learners and foster a positive attitude towards mathematics. Students will reason, communicate ideas, apply knowledge and skills, and connect the math concepts to the world around them.

Fun with Geometry (1-3)

Discover the wonder of mathematics through puzzles and hands-on exploration. Play with mirrors and marvel how 2D shapes transform into 3D figures. Create symmetrical designs with magnetic construction sets and identify geometric properties. Have fun with geometry!

Grades:  1 to 3
Duration:  45 Minutes
Format:  Hands-On Workshop
Times:  10:15-11, 11:15-12, 12:15-1, 1:15-2, 2:15-3 and 3:15-4
Frequency:  Monday to Friday, 2 sessions, 6 times a day
Capacity:  15 to 36 students at a time
Price:  $10 / student
Language:  English and French
Curriculum Connections:  
  • Geometry and Spatial Sense (1-3)

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Science and Technology Programs

Energy (1-3)

Spin, jump, snap, fly! Toys do all sorts of energetic things. But where does that energy come from? Where does it go? Can energy be stored? Transform kid energy into light, sound, and motion. Explore the sun, gravity, wind, heat, electricity and moving water to understand the importance of energy in our lives.

“Loved the workshop! The Science Centre Educator was excellent - good rapport with children, appropriate level of instruction and good pacing.” Grade 1 teacher

Grades:  1 to 3
Duration:  45 Minutes
Format:  Hands-On Workshop
Times:  10:15-11, 11:15-12, 12:15-1, 1:15-2, 2:15-3 and 3:15-4
Frequency:  Monday to Friday, 2 sessions, 6 times a day
Capacity:  15 to 36 students at a time
Price:  $10 / student
Language:  English and French
Curriculum Connections:  specific expectations for Energy
  • Energy in Our Lives ( 1 )


Supported by: 
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Living Things and the Environment (1-3)

Explore living things and their adaptations through hands-on interaction. What do familiar species have in common with animals and plants from exotic locations? What role do non-living elements such as air, water and soil play in the environment? Examine an animal skull, discover the hiding place of a dead leaf butterfly, and touch a hissing cockroach - if you dare!

Grades:  1 to 3
Duration:  45 Minutes
Format:  Hands-On Workshop
Times:  10:15-11, 11:15-12, 12:15-1, 1:15-2, 2:15-3 and 3:15-4
Frequency:  Monday to Friday, 6 times a day
Capacity:  15 to 36 students at a time
Price:  $10 / student
Language:  English and French
Curriculum Connections:  specific expectations for Living Things and the Environment
  • Needs and Characteristics of Living Things ( 1 )
  • Air and Water in the Environment ( 2 )
  • Growth and Changes in Animals ( 2 )
  • Growth and Changes in Plants ( 3 )
  • Soils in the Environment ( 3 )


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Matter and Materials (1-3)

“What’s that made of?” Explore different properties and characteristics of materials. Watch liquids flow – then turn into solids before your eyes! Trace an object through the manufacturing process to discover the remarkable changes raw materials undergo to become the fascinating stuff that makes up our world.

“I liked the way the Educator introduced the science topics, modelled the activities and then gave the children hands-on activities to try it out.” Grade 3 teacher

Exhibit Inquiry:
Grades:  1 to 3
Duration:  45 Minutes
Format:  Hands-On Workshop
Times:  10:15-11, 11:15-12, 12:15-1, 1:15-2, 2:15-3 and 3:15-4
Frequency:  Monday to Friday, 2 sessions, 6 times a day
Capacity:  15 to 36 students at a time
Price:  $10 / student
Language:  English and French
Curriculum Connections:  specific expectations for Matter and Materials
  • Materials, Objects and Everyday Structures ( 1 )
  • Properties of Liquids and Solids ( 2 )

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Simple Machines and Forces (1-3)

Start ... Stop! Change direction! Increase your understanding of forces through experimentation with simple machines. Design a system of ramps to provide safe passage for a marble. Use friction, gravity, magnetism and air pressure to create controlled movement. Be amazed at the power of levers and watch a student lift their teacher off the ground.

Exhibit Inquiry:
Grades:  1 to 3
Duration:  45 Minutes
Format:  Hands-On Workshop
Times:  10:15-11, 11:15-12, 12:15-1, 1:15-2, 2:15-3 and 3:15-4
Frequency:  Monday to Friday, 2 sessions, 6 times a day
Capacity:  15 to 36 students at a time
Price:  $10 / student
Language:  English and French
Curriculum Connections:  specific expectations for Simple Machines and Forces
  • Movement ( 2 )
  • Forces Causing Movement ( 3 )

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Structures (1-3)

Investigate balance, stability, shape, materials and function. Experiment with compression, tension and load. Design and build bridges, towers and arches using various materials, then test their structural limits.

Exhibit Inquiry:
Grades:  1 to 3
Duration:  45 Minutes
Format:  Hands-On Workshop
Times:  10:15-11, 11:15-12, 12:15-1, 1:15-2, 2:15-3 and 3:15-4
Frequency:  Monday to Friday, 2 sessions, 6 times a day
Capacity:  15 to 36 students at a time
Price:  $10 / student
Language:  English and French
Curriculum Connections:  specific expectations for Structures
  • Materials, Objects and Everyday Structures ( 1 )
  • Strong and Stable Structures ( 3)

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The Night Sky (1-3)

PLANETARIUM PROGRAM

Where does the sun go in the evening? Travel to the dark countryside and surround yourself with stars and other visible objects in the night sky. Explore the phases of the moon as it orbits the Earth. Take a ride into space as you visit the Moon, Saturn and beyond!

Exhibit Inquiry:
Grades:  1 to 3
Duration:  45 Minutes
Format:  Planetarium Program
Times:  10:15-11, 11:15-12, 12:15-1, 1:15-2, 2:15-3 and 3:15-4
Frequency:  Monday to Friday, 6 times a day
Capacity:  15 to 36 students at a time
Price:  $10 / student
Language:  English and French
Curriculum Connections:  specific expectations for The Night Sky
  • Daily and Seasonal Changes ( 1 )

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