Hey Lovely Readers,
I have missed you guys! Where have I been? Working, and then being lazy! I will have to work on my posting capabilities. I have had to work lots, but I HAVE had long breaks in between working so this week my goal was to type up some mega posts that we owe you guys! So far so good! Stay tuned! I’ll be posting at different times today, and tomorrow, so not to overload you guys 😉
One of my favorite places to go here is the Telus World of Science. As nerdy as it sounds, I thoroughly enjoy a good documentary on the big IMAX and I love checking out the permanent exhibits. Although it can be pricey, it is a fun day with kids to go check out some space exhibits, as well as the ecosystem exhibit and body works exhibit. The IMAX’s are ALWAYS good! The last one I went to was a China IMAX and it talked about the archaeological work with the Terra- Cotta soldiers (Will post about this later). I’ve also seen movies on nature, dinosaurs, the titanic, and also watch old movies there!
There is a ton of things to do for kids and adults. Our Telus World of Science always puts on an adult night. I have never actually been to one, but I think it would be fun! They have a wide variety of adult topics, and also you can go have a drink!
Another thing they have is the star theater! If you can find a good show that is a bit older, they talk about a number of interesting star related facts. I have heard good things about the northern lights show! Also, I kind of remember going there as a kid and watching the stars on the roof theater, talking about constellations! I remember loving it and being amazed.
The main thing that keeps me going back to the Telus World of Science, is the exhibits that they host for a limited time! I have been to some VERY cool exhibits. I cannot even tell you which one is my favourite one! Here is a list of some of the amazing exhibits I have seen! Note: some of these are not my pictures. I will try to cite them, but if you know whose they are, just comment and I’ll definitely give them credit! 🙂
- Body Works: This is a crazy exhibit. I think people come from all over to see this one! Body works is showing the science of exactly what you think- how the body functions or works. People have donated their bodies to this cause to show off various aspects of the bodies. In some, the skin is removed to show just muscle movements and how they work. In another, they have organs- what happens if your obese and what fat looks like, what happens to your lungs if you’ve been smoking, the heart, the brain in all it’s complexity, the nervous system- you name it! The exhibit is exciting, because you can learn SO much about the body itself, but can be a little unsettling! Some of the bodies you can disassociate from and others it’s more difficult to look at. It is a very cool experience though!
- The Indiana Jones Exhibit- I love a lot of exhibits, but this one is my favorite that I have been too! They brought in a ton of archaeological artifacts related to the movies! You could see the actual memorabilia from all four movies- pretty cool. This included clothing, movie posters, etc. My favorite movie outfit was the red dress that Willie (Kate Capshaw) wears in Temple of Doom! It was so intricately beaded and had to be specially ordered and made! They also had lots of information about where they ideas for some of the artifacts came from and had actual artifacts as well with explanations. I loved the section on language- they showed all the crop circle like writings and had explanations. It was all very interesting and well done! After, we got to watch one the movies in the IMAX.
- Titanic- I LOVED this one! There is something about the titanic that I really enjoy learning about! It’s probably because of my love of history and archaeology that keeps me wanting to learn more! For this exhibit, they brought in artifacts from the titanic and had explanations for each. In each exhibit, there is usually a game you had to play or something interactive (Indiana Jones had an artifact search, body works- nothing of course). For this, you were given an individual with a biography. You could read about this person and their experience on the titanic. I can’t remember all the details about mine (I must have the card somewhere), but she was this girl who married an older gentleman and had one kid. She was considered middle class and had some perks on the Titanic, but with still some limitations. As you walk around you carry this idea and experience of this person. You look at all the belongings and information, and at the end you get to feel how cold the water would have been! That is right! They bring in a chunk of freezing cold ice to feel and you can understand how cold the water really was! I can’t even imagine being that cold! After, you check the board with the list of names to see whether your individual survived. Mine did, and her children did. Her husband stayed on the boat and passed. She never remarried. Pretty intense.
- Harry Potter Exhibit- A very awesome exhibit! I loved this, but I probably would not go again if it came back! Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, and it was AMAZING, but it was all of their clothing and only a few movie props! I got my joy out of attempting to play Quidditch and pretend planting mandrakes and walking through Hagrid’s hut, but there were a ton of other cool exhibits that were better and I truly think this would be a different feel if I was at Harry Potter World. However, I still had a good time and like always was sorted into Gryffindor 🙂 I loved the Forbidden Forest and the entrance to through the train station to get in! My favorite!
- Sherlock Holmes Exhibit- I felt the same about this as I did the Harry Potter exhibit! I loved all the information about the writer and about Sherlock Holmes, but again it was a lot of clothing it was more about solving the mystery which was it’s own kind of fun! I enjoyed myself as best as I could for having jet lag after a long and horrible flight and being stuck in Europe for four days…. I can’t believe we haven’t actually talked about this yet (hint, hint: I’ll post about this soon!). The mystery was pretty cool and yes I am basically a detective and solved the case (maybe they should hire me?). Anyways, there was a scene set up with a description of what happened. You had to analyze the scene for clues and then guess what happened. Around the exhibit, they had a bunch of experiments you could use to help you narrow down the situation. For instance, there were footsteps leading down from the house, so with one of Sherlock Holmes’ foot print devices you could narrow down whether those tracks were horses, was it a person being dragged, was it someone walking with a cane, etc. This would help you to decide whether the murderer dragged missing person away, maybe the murderer left the scene and that was his tracks, etc.
- Pixar Animation Exhibit- I recently went to this exhibit a couple of weeks ago and it was SOO fun! I have never really put much thought into what it takes to do animation and all the different jobs and areas within that job and within pixar itself! It was so cool! The exhibit is extremely interactive and takes you through a step by step on the process of how to create an animation. So this involves how to create a character- maybe sculpting and designing, then how to create facial expressions on the computer, how to do lighting, rendering, giving the character actions! I had a ton of fun!
I have been to a lot of exhibits throughout the years. Telus World of Science never fails me! I have heard that the best one everyone loves is Star Wars- I was so sad to miss it! Every time I talk to someone they say that that was the best exhibit they have seen thus far! Maybe they’ll come back and I can finally go! They also have done an angry birds exhibit (never went), and an interactive dinosaur exhibit- this would be better for kids, I found it dull and lacking a lot of information I was curious about. You just have to pick and choose which ones peak your interest and go visit! It is a great experience! After you go to the exhibit you can explore the rest of the center for free too!