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Discovery Centre

Learn about electricity at the Discovery Centre(©chriscampbell, flickr.com)

Learn about electricity at the Discovery Centre

The hands-on science exhibits at the Discovery Centre are a huge hit with kids of all ages.

For parents, it’s just the spot to let young feet run off extra energy.

The centre looks a bit small at first but don’t be fooled – there are actually 3 floors of displays and experiments to try out.

See how silly you look in the distorted mirrors, blow giant bubbles and then watch staff create fireballs in the live shows.

Toddlers get their own special area, with trucks to drive and plenty of blocks and ping pong balls to play with.

Even surly teenagers can enjoy themselves. I was 13 when it opened in 1990, and still remember spending a fun afternoon here.

Directions: 1593 Barrington Street. Uphill from the waterfront and 5 minutes on foot from the ferry terminal or Citadel Hill.
Parking: Some metered parking on nearby streets (free on weekends and holidays) but otherwise use a parking garage. There’s a large one at Scotia Square mall, a few blocks away.
Admission fees: Adults $7.50, kids 2-18 years $5. Add 13% tax.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Sunday, 1pm to 5pm.
Website: Discovery Centre