The TELUS World of Science Edmonton has done it again. Their children’s gallery, CuriousCITY, is a magical miniature world that kids will love, learn and get lost in.
The gallery has been in the works for months and CEO Alan Nursall took the wraps off it on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in fitting fashion – with a huge group of kids. An oversized key unlocked a giant padlock, and set forth the hoard of youngsters, eager to play.
The old favourites are there – the giant airplane and airport security scanner, complete with bags to be scanned. The beloved water table play area, too – and it didn’t take the kids long to start splashing, giggling and cavorting in the water.
The new features are remarkable – a crank-operated ball game that allows users to set balls forth in a series of winding orange paths. There are vacuum operated tubes that suck balls up before shooting them down a maze that resembles the old Plinko game from Price is Right.
Crawl through the Riverbank Exploration – a winding tunnel where kids can encounter a mother coyote and her cubs and wriggling bugs (on video) showing exactly what goes on beneath the Earth’s surface.
The treehouses may very well be the pièces de résistance. In an intricate path high above the gallery, explorers get to venture through Edmonton’s favourite landmarks – the Edmonton International Airport, the often-photographed Walterdale Bridge, and the iconic pyramids of the Muttart Conservatory. As you cross the High-Level Bridge, be sure to take a minute to appreciate the little High Level Streetcar going back and forth. Just one more little touch that makes this space feel like, well, home.
There are opportunities for sensory exploration at every turn. One Muttart pyramid contains three sniff stations where you can stop and smell the roses, so to speak. (The mint is my favourite)
The golden dome paying homage to Edmonton’s original Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium features stars and constellations. Press the buttons and look up to see them glow!
Want to hear familiar city critters like coyotes, magpies, rabbits and squirrels? Press the buttons, then listen and look for them to pop out of the reeds.
You could spend the entire afternoon admiring the backdrop mural created by local artist Jason Blower. Spot more Edmonton favourites throughout this massive masterpiece.
There are special spaces for the youngest explorers. The softly padded river feature, complete with a squishy slide and river “rock” pillows will be a hit with tiny visitors. A set of giant blue foam connector blocks sits waiting for a young construction crew to get to work.
It’s just like the TELUS World of Science Edmonton. Always changing, always growing, always getting better.
For now, let’s revel in the beauty of this new CuriousCITY.