We visited Kamloops this past weekend from Vancouver, and decided to drop into the Big Little Science Centre on Saturday morning with our kids, aged 7, 9, and 11, and an 11-year old friend. The kids were a bit skeptical before going, but upon arrival were instantly engaged and had a fabulous time.
Not surprisingly, the BLSC is not a big budget science museums like in larger cities -- it's essentially a school gym chock-a-block full of hands-on science experiments, devices, and gizmos covering topics like magnetism, gravity, optics, geology and tons of other topics. What the kids loved was that everything was so hands-on -- kind of a like a big science toy room. All the kids (even our 7 year old) were engaged the entire time, and I expect it would be good for 5 and up - for any age, really. And on the Saturday we visited, the place was empty, so no line-ups or waits.
We also attended a "Static Show" which was a 20-25 minutes show on static electricity. The show was every bit as good as similar shows we've seen at Science World in Vancouver, but with the tiny audience we were able to sit up close and all the kids got to volunteer - some multiple times.
In the end, we stayed through lunch (somehow, our kids didn't notice or complain) and had to drag them away at about 1:00. Our 11 year old, the oldest, concluded that "it was better than Science World" (in Vancouver). The kids have requested that we go again when we next visit Kamloops.
I should mention that we heard that the BLSC just moved into this new location only two weeks ago. I understand that they have much more space and several new displays/exhibits compared to before.
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