In a galaxy far, far away. Well, not so far – the corner of University and Bloor, or if you’re taking a red rocket, Museum Stop. For those planning to land at the Royal Ontario Museum over the holidays, you will discover some ‘out of this world’ options to keep the kids busy.
From December 26 to January 3, the ROM has gathered a long list of space-themed adventures. For starters, you can meet Rex (and not just the big T-Rex.) This Rex, from the Canadian Space Agency, is a Canadian-built Mars rover prototype. Kids can also get up close to a real lunar meteorite and a piece of Mars, check out spacewalking gloves that were actually in space and play video games in the Space Arcade.
There are also puppet shows, a pop-up planetarium, roaming circus performers, ice sculptures, balloon art, craft stations and cookie-making. The list goes on with live reptile shows, a citizen-science bird count project and the last chance to see Pompeii before it closes on January 3, 2016.
What’s got us even more excited is that we are giving away one (1) Family Membership.
To enter, like Kids in T.O. on Facebook and/or share the contest post on Facebook or Twitter (make sure to include @reneeinTO if you tweet.) Contest closes midnight, Jan. 3, 2016. (For all the details or to enter by submitting your email, go to Giveaway page.)
Getting there: Driving, some paid street parking ($3/hr) and parking lots in the area. There is a discounted (ask for parking voucher at admissions desk) on Bedford Ave. By TTC, walk from St. George subway stop or get off right at Museum stop along University Ave. (If you haven’t already seen it, the Museum Station platform is ROM-inspired.) The main entrance is on Bloor Street through the Crystal.
Low-down: The extra programming (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.) is free with admission. There is discounted admission after 4:30 p.m. during days with extended hours til 8:30 p.m. Be sure to check out the schedule, as some activities are available on certain days and times.
Keep in Low-Key: The Early Learners’ Lounge (in the classrooms on Level 1) is a special quiet space for families to rest, nurse, change diapers and play.