Friday, September 4, 2015

MythBusters at the Ontario Science Centre

A while back, we took the kids and their friends to the Ontario Science Centre to visit MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. The Science Centre is always lots of fun for the kids and us parents. Upon arrival, the excitement builds as we hit the long escalators that lead to the exhibition level.

MythBusters is based on the Discovery Channel’s show MythBusters. Co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman test wild hypotheses in entertaining experiments. The Ontario Science Centre exhibition features real remnants from experiments that were created on the show. Best of all, there are interactive learning opportunities so that the kids (and adults) can do what they like best - try experiments out for themselves!

There are costumes from the show.

And eye-catching displays like this "Buried Alive Coffin."

The show looks at questions that we often ponder (or some of us do anyway). Does toast always land butter-side down? Will you stay dryer by running in the rain or walking through it? Can you create a canoe from duct tape?

I think the kids enjoyed the tablecloth experiment most of all. They all tried to see if they could quickly remove the tablecloth without upsetting the dishes. The good news is, it can be done, but it takes some practice!

This display is a germaphobe's nightmare. Which of these surfaces has the most hidden nasties? Gross.

Ah yes, the flatus ignition seat. You gotta wonder how many people have farted on it.

We made sure to hit some other favourite areas of the Ontario Science Centre too. There is plenty to explore and it's a great place to keep a bunch of kids busy and engaged.

The Ontario Science Centre has a cafeteria where you can buy pizza or "picnic" on your own snacks.

MythBusters runs until September 13th.

I confess I've never seen the TV show MythBusters. Have you?

Do your kids like these kinds of hands-on science demonstrations?


  1. My son would love this, he's a fan of the show. MB were here last year but (if I remember rightly) the tickets available were pretty expensive so we didn't go.

    1. Budget is always a factor, especially when you are entertaining a whole family. :(