Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Calgary's Telus Spark

We had been looking forward to visiting Drumheller for quite some time.  Drumheller is about 1.5 hours outside of Calgary and is well-known for its Royal Tyrell Museum and Dinosaur Park.  Dinosaur fossils have been amazingly preserved and archaeologists continue to work on-site.  From what I've heard, it's one of the world's best exhibits about dinosaurs.  Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate.  It has been pouring here, and we didn't want to drive all that way and not get the full experience.  My brother and our friends suggested that we visit Calgary's newly opened Science Centre, Telus Spark. 
It's a beautiful building, and we were excited to try it out.  We went up to pay admission and couldn't believe how much this experience was going to cost us: $20 for adults, $13 for kids, plus $5 parking (no choice).  In addition, they had planetarium shows that would cost an additional $8 per person.  We hadn't even entered yet, and I already felt like it was such a rip off...

As soon as we entered, we were immediately met by hundreds of school kids.  Alberta's schools are still in session, and tons of schools were there on field trips.  We couldn't believe how packed it was.  We went through all the interactive exhibits- each one was hands-on and invited the kids to explore and create.  I felt a little mean today, making comments and glaring at rude kids who would push and shove, pushing Jeremy and Grace out of the way.

I still can't believe how much we paid for our visit today!  For the cost, I definitely didn't think it was worth it, but in the end, the kids had a fun time and I guess that's all that matters.  

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