TELUS Spark is a science museum and centre located in Calgary, Alberta, where visitors of all ages and abilities can let go and embrace their intention to learn more about science, engineering, technology, math and art, and explore. Originally the museum was established in 1967 as the Calgary Science Centre and in 2005 was rebranded Telus World of Science – Calgary. Creating the centre was to encourage and motivate children and young people to learn more about science and technology and how it can contribute to society.
There are numerous interactive and educational exhibits and programs that ignite the sense of excitement and wonder. The museum is well known for over 200 hands-on experiences and the most prominent Dome Theatre in Western Canada.
The museum presents more than a dozen activities and experiments for both children and adults to try at home, including a C02 fire extinguisher, milk plastic, and DIY liquid rainbows. There is also Wonder Bucket with videos from experts of science, who answer different questions. The museum also features team building, facility rentals, child and adult programming, corporate functions, etc.
In total, there are 7 themed exhibitions: Being human (exploring human physiology), Creative Kids Museum, Earth and Sky (everything about astronomy, geology and meteorology), Energy and Innovation (different forms of energy and what impact they have on society), Feature Gallery (temporary exhibitions), Digital Dome Theatre (shows scientific films and live planetarium shows), and Open Studio (for children and young people who want to know how to use technology in art).
There is also a unique attraction called Spark After Dark that gives adult visitors (18+) a free reign over the galleries, dance jams, access to risky science challenges and a fully licensed bar. This event that is held every month is an excellent opportunity for adults to have fun and explore science without any kids around.