Quench your curiosity this March Break at the Ontario Science Centre

Celebrate Canada 150, explore nature, be dazzled and dream big!

TORONTO, March 9, 2017 /CNW/ - School's out for March Break! Spring into action and join us as we celebrate curiosity and Canada 150 at the Ontario Science Centre. With immersive IMAX® films, new hands-on experiences and special programming, the Ontario Science Centre has science-filled fun for the whole family.

Delve deep into the invisible workings of nature's engineering with Biomechanics: The Machine Inside. Learn about cutting edge science that's being discovered now from University of Waterloo researchers during our daily Science Hot Spots. Make your data count at Research Live! as you provide researchers from the University of Waterloo with valuable information about hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and balance. Power up at The Energy Show, an interactive stage presentation that explores energy sources, generation and transmission through live experiments. Learn about transformational Canadian scientific innovations, from the far reaches of space to common household items, and take pride in our national ingenuity at the Canada 150: Discovery Way installation. From the Great Wall of China to underwater robots, experience an exciting new perspective on what it means to be an engineer with the immersive IMAX® film Dream Big. Marvel at Legacy, a life-sized, anatomically correct orca skeleton, carved entirely from reclaimed cedar.

There's so much to quench curious minds of all ages this March Break – March 11th to-19th – at the Ontario Science Centre. You won't want to miss out!

Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect at the Ontario Science Centre this March Break: http://bit.ly/MB17OSC

For more information, including extended hours, admission prices and March Break tips, please visit www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

Make your March Break stress free by purchasing Science Centre and film tickets online and printing them at home. Upon arrival at the Science Centre, we simply scan your barcode, allowing you to go through one of two express entry points.


All March Break programs and exhibitions are free with general admission.

Biomechanics: The Machine Inside
Biomechanics: The Machine Inside explores the marvels of natural engineering and reveals the incredible ingenuity behind evolution and adaptation. Through real specimens, lifelike models and interactive experiences, this exhibition brings the science of biomechanics and biomimicry to life.
Procter & Gamble Great Hall, Level 2

Check out our special Biomechanics: The Machine Inside programs throughout March Break:

Loco Motion
From slithering to sliding, and from climbing to creeping, animals have evolved marvelous means of movement to secure food, to find a mate and to survive. Watch a shape-shifting performer mimic animal locomotion, and gain a new appreciation for how animals are equipped to thrive.
Daily at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Rock Paper Science Hall, Level 6

Dexterity Duel
Think stacking cups is a breeze? Try it while wearing fleece mitts, rubber dish gloves or oven mitts. See how your ability changes when you wear different types of gloves. You'll quickly learn that having the right tool fit the task like a glove is essential!
Level 6

Get a Grip!
Let the natural world feed your imagination! Biomimetic refers to human-made substances and devices that imitate nature. Become a biomechanics engineer and make a gripper that is inspired by a bony fish's tail fin.
Daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Weston Family Innovation Centre, Level 6

Take part in live research! Participate in studies led by local researchers and help them make advancements in science and technology:

Science HotSpot
Plug into live presentations with University of Waterloo scientists who will demonstrate their cutting edge science research.
Monday to Friday
Hot Zone, Weston Family Innovation Centre, Level 6

Research Live!
Your data counts! Provide University of Waterloo researchers with valuable information about hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and balance control by completing a variety of interactive tasks in real and virtual environments – all in the name of scientific research!
Daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rock Paper Science Hall, Level 6

The Energy Show
Get ready to experience a seven-foot Tesla coil, a hair-raising Van de Graaff generator, flaming bubbles and more in this new theatrical presentation that uncovers the world's ultimate source of power!
Daily at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 5 p.m. (plus 6 p.m. on Saturdays)
Imperial Oil Auditorium, enter on Level 1

Canada 150: Discovery Way
Celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial at the Ontario Science Centre with our newest installation Canada 150: Discovery Way. Through amazing artifacts, ranging from the lightbulb to the flight recorder, you'll gain a better understanding of Canada's unique scientific achievements. And who knows – you may even be inspired to be Canada's next great innovator!
Entrance, Level 2

Take a fantastic voyage through the Universe with our exciting Planetarium shows – they're out of this world:

Eyes on the Skies (ages 0-5)*
For children 5 years and under WITH their caregivers; learn about the nighttime sky through singing, connect-the-stars constellations and a journey to the Moon!
Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Planetarium, Space Hall, Level 4

The Sky Tonight (age 5+)*
Discover what's visible in the sky tonight and learn about upcoming celestial events.
Daily at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., & 5 p.m. (plus 6 p.m. on Saturdays)
Planetarium, Space Hall, Level 4

Celestial Storms*
Witness the power of a 400-year-old hurricane on Jupiter, the devilish dust storms on Mars and the wicked winds of Neptune as you learn about the wildest weather in our solar system.
Daily at 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Planetarium, Space Hall, Level 4

*Our Planetarium shows are very popular and fill up quickly. Be sure to line up early to secure your seat.

The universe needs your help! Ulysses Wolfe has invented portals that allow people to travel to the alternate universes he has discovered, but the iON probes he's sent to investigate have lost all contact. Help bring them back before it's too late. Using 3D virtual and augmented reality technologies, players peer into Alternate Universes, fly through their landscapes, interact with their inhabitants, escape perilously close calls, and even play with particles at the molecular level, all without ever leaving the Ontario Science Centre. Download the free app before your visit: www.terracosm.tv/ 
Various locations

Papermaking Demo
Transform plants and cloth into paper. Watch the papermaking demo, then take home the instructions and try it yourself!
Daily at 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.
Rock Paper Science Hall, Level 6

Energy Zone
Visit the IESO Save on Energy experts to learn about energy conservation and how to be more efficient around your home. Take part in fun activities and games for visitors of all ages, win prizes, and get answers to your burning energy questions.
Lobby Mezzanine, Level 1

About the Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre, a Centennial project, has welcomed more than 51 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is an international leader in free-choice science learning and a key contributor to Ontario's education and innovation ecosystems, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support. For more information about the Ontario Science Centre, please visit OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

For images and b-roll, please visit: www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/Media/ImagesVideo

Social media links
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/OntarioScienceCentre 
Twitter: @OntScienceCtr | #MarchBreak
YouTube: www.YouTube.com/user/OntarioScienceCentre

SOURCE Ontario Science Centre

For further information: Media contacts: Anna Relyea, Director, Strategic Communications, 416-696-3273, c: 416-668-1967, Anna.Relyea@osc.on.ca; Jefferson Darrell, Media Relations Officer, 416-696-3154, Jefferson.Darrell@osc.on.ca


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