Kids’ Night Out Information Package

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What to Expect

Expect lots of fun! Participants will enjoy a pizza party, participate in hands-on activities and create lasting memories.

Kids’ Night Out Location

Kids’ Night Out will take place at the Ontario Science Centre.


Kids’ Night Out runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants should be signed in and out up to 15 minutes before and after the program, respectively:

  • Sign-in time is between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m.
  • Sign-out time is between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m.

Extended Care

The Ontario Science Centre is happy to provide one hour of extended childcare after Kids’ Night Out (until 9:30 p.m.). Participants in Extended Care will enjoy supervised care and access to toys, board games and unstructured activities.

Please pre-register and pre-pay for Extended Care when completing your registration for Kids’ Night Out. The fee is $15. A minimum surcharge of $15 may apply if a participant in Extended Care is picked up after 9:30 p.m. This will be at the manager’s discretion.

Drop-off and Pick-up Information

We ask all Kids’ Night Out families to enter the Centre from the front entrance at 770 Don Mills Road. Participants will be signed in and out from the lobby. Parking is free of charge during the sign-in and sign-out times listed above.

and Sign-out Procedures

Participants must be signed in and out before and after the session by their parent/legal guardian or an authorized pick-up person assigned at time of booking. Self-sign privileges will not be available.

Proof of age will be required for 5-year-old participants, as we are unable to accept children under 5 into our care. Please have government-issued proof of age available for your child when you sign in.

All parents/legal guardians, authorized pick-up persons and emergency contacts will be required to present photo ID before participants are released into their care. This ID must match the name provided on the participant’s application. Please provide legal names, not preferred or chosen names (e.g., do not write “Mike” for “Michael”), on the application.

At Kids’ Night Out

We expect all Kids’ Night Out participants to respect each other, their group leaders and supervisors, as well as their environment. We also expect that no participants will exhibit behaviour that is harmful to themselves or others.

If a participant does not adhere to our Participant Code of Conduct or behaves in an unsuitable or unsafe manner, we will notify their registering parent/legal guardian. If it becomes necessary to remove the participant, a partial refund will be considered. Violent behaviour or actions jeopardizing the safety of others will not be tolerated.

Participant Code of Conduct

  • Respect fellow participants and group leaders.
  • Treat people the way I would like to be treated.
  • Cooperate with Kids’ Night Out staff and follow their instructions.
  • Stay with my group, unless I have special permission not to be with them.

What to Wear to Kids’ Night Out

Participants must be dressed comfortably and appropriately. Because the temperature varies throughout the Ontario Science Centre, we recommend bringing a sweater or sweatshirt. Indoor shoes are also required.

For health and safety reasons, we do not allow participants in any Science Centre programs to wear open-toe shoes, roller shoes or Crocs.

Participants should not bring personal items such as iPods, electronic games, cellular phones, toys or sports equipment to Kids’ Night Out. There are no lockers available for storage and the Ontario Science Centre cannot be held responsible for lost or damaged goods.

Please do not send money with your participant, as there will be no opportunity for them to visit the vending machines or restaurant while at Kids’ Night Out.

Safety Measures

The Ontario Science Centre operates all programming in accordance with public health guidelines. At this time, masks are not required in the Science Centre, but we support all visitors and participants who choose to wear a mask. Similarly, we encourage self-screening prior to Kids’ Night Out.

Please note that masking mandates and other COVID-19-related measures may change as public health guidelines evolve. We will communicate any changes to Science Centre policy as they occur.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get there?

Please find driving directions, TTC instructions and map links for getting to the Ontario Science Centre here.

What if we need to arrive late or leave early?

If you are running late or need to sign your participant out early, please speak to a staff member at the Level 2 information table.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

Cancellations received prior to Wednesday May 10, 2023, and all modifications are subject to a $15 administration fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made after Wednesday May 10, 2023.

Refunds due to medical reasons may be considered if a written request accompanied by a doctor’s note is provided.

Please note that the Ontario Science Centre reserves the right to terminate the registration of any participant if, in the opinion of the manager, it is in the best interest of the participant and/or the group. If the Ontario Science Centre terminates a participant’s registration, a refund will be considered.

How do I change my contact information?

Only a parent/legal guardian can register a participant. This individual (the “Registering Adult”) is the only person permitted to make changes to the participant’s booking and contact information before or during Kids’ Night Out.

If you are the registering adult and wish to make changes, including changes to your contact information or to the list of authorized pick-up persons, please contact our Recreational Programs Office with your confirmation number at 416-696-3256 or by email.

What happens to lost items?

Any lost items will be taken to the Centre’s main lost and found, which can be reached by calling 416-696-1000.

Safety and Security

Participant Care

Participant safety and supervision is of the utmost importance. Kids’ Night Out programs are delivered by responsible, enthusiastic and caring group leaders with a broad range of expertise and experience working with children in an educational and/or recreational environment. Our diverse staff members include teachers, science educators, and university and high school students with a science or education-related background. All group leaders have valid Vulnerable Sector Screening Checks.

Visitor Access to Kids’ Night Out

Ontario Science Centre visitors, including parents/legal guardians of Kids’ Night Out participants, are not permitted to enter program rooms or to join in Kids’ Night Out activities.

First Aid and Medical Intervention

All members of the Ontario Science Centre’s protective services staff, as well as all Kids’ Night Out staff, are trained in First Aid and CPR-C.

Ontario Science Centre staff cannot administer medication to participants. If your participant must take medication during their Kids’ Night Out, please see a supervisor or your participant’s group leader to discuss options. While we will do our best to remind participants to take their medications, we cannot guarantee this.

Participants with Special Needs

The Ontario Science Centre recognizes the individual needs of participants. To help us accommodate your participant’s special needs, we recommend that you complete this optional form in advance of Kids’ Night Out. After receiving your form, we may reach out for more information or to discuss if/how we are able to support your participant’s needs.

The Science Centre does not provide one-on-one supervision or specific medical support. However, participants with special needs may have an adult support person accompany them free of charge. Please inform us of your plan to provide a participant with a support person in advance so we may prepare accordingly.

If there is information you want to share with us about your participant that will help us support them medically or behaviourally, please send us a completed Medical and Camper Support Form or telephone us to arrange a conversation no later than May 10, 2023.

Please submit your form in person or via mail. Do not email personal or private medical information.

Contact Info

Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road, North York, M3C 1T3

Recreational Programs Office 
Phone: 416-696-3256