Quench your thirst for science this summer at the Ontario Science Centre

Centre to celebrate its 50 millionth visitor since opening in 1969

TORONTO, June 29, 2015 /CNW/ - At long last, summer is here! Quench your thirst for science this summer with a visit to the Ontario Science Centre. From uncovering the truth behind myths in MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition to testing your athleticism in our Sports Science Arena, and from gliding down a tree trunk slide in the Cohon Family Nature Escape to getting close to humpback whales without getting wet with the IMAX® film Humpback Whales, there is something for all ages, tastes and interests.

"Summer at the Ontario Science Centre offers plenty of choice: applying the scientific method to everyday myths in MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, learning about the properties different materials with What's the Matter? and discovering the flora and fauna of the Don Valley walking through the Cohon Family Nature Escape," said Dr. Maurice Bitran, CEO of the Ontario Science Centre. "This summer we will welcome our 50 millionth visitor. Imagine that! Nearly twice the population of Canada has been through our doors. Come to the Science Centre this summer; you could be our 50 millionth visitor and win a prize!"

To ensure visitors make the most of long summer days, the Ontario Science Centre's summer hours will be in effect from June 27 through September 7. The Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, weekends and holidays, and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Here's a sneak peek of what's in store this summer at the Science Centre. For more about the Centre's spectacular summer line-up, including prices, and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

Proud to Host the Pan Am Flame on July 6, 2015
The Science Centre is proud to host the Pan Am Flame on July 6, 2015. To celebrate the torch relay stopping here, the Ontario Science Centre will host a free Torch Relay Celebration in TELUSCAPE (outside the main entrance). TO2015 torchbearers will be onsite, including Marissa Papaconstantinou, who inspired the 21st Century Bionics exhibit in The AstraZeneca Human Edge exhibit hall.

Special Summer Program: Sports Science Arena
Enter the Sports Science Arena, where you can test your skills in aerodynamics and trajectory, ball physics and teamwork while getting hands-on with some of your favourite summer sports. High-octane activity areas will push your strength, endurance, aim, reflexes and flexibility to the limit.

Featured Exhibition: MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition
Don't try this at home – try it at the Ontario Science Centre! Straight from the Discovery Channel's Emmy®-nominated series, MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition comes to life to uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity. Hashtag: #MythBustersTO

New Outdoor Experience: Cohon Family Nature Escape
The Cohon Family Nature Escape, a new outdoor experience, offers four acres of outdoor space in the heart of the Don Valley and adjacent forest. The Nature Escape boasts 195 metres (640 feet) of trails that include a living moss wall, rustic pergola, tree trunk slide, gigantic nest house and an exhibit paying tribute to the Maple Leaf Forever tree.

New Live Science Demo: What's the Matter?
Are you ready for a few dynamic experiments? This demonstration delves into a world of explosions, chemical changes and more! Here's your chance to find out the difference between science fact and science fiction.

IMAX® Film: Humpback Whales
Dive head first into an immersive ocean adventure on a giant IMAX® screen that provides audiences an intimate look at how majestic humpback whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young.

About the Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 49 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is a leader in free-choice science learning and a key player in Ontario's innovation ecosystem, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. It is a prime venue for public dialogue about science, technology and society. 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 www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

Social Media Links
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/OntarioScienceCentre
Twitter: @OntScienceCtr
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; Andrea Mus, Media Relations Officer, 416-696-3191, c: 416-895-5482, Andrea.Mus@osc.on.ca


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