We absolutely love Telus Spark! Not only are the exhibits incredibly interactive which make learning fun, but everything is such good quality! It is by far one of the best places to go in the city. With OR without kids!
Aaaaaand Telus spark is actually the reason I started this blog! I loved coming with my daughter because of all the different exhibits and it was honestly fun for both of us, but then once I had Grae it started becoming more of a challenge. Yael was at the age where she wanted to play in the large play structure and Grae was at the age where he wanted to move and not sit in the stroller the whole time, but he was way to small to go into the play structure. It got hard to please both of them. I started to feel like it was too big and too spread out.
Side note: one time I mentioned this to a staff member and they said that because there are so many staff everywhere, if a kid is ever lost, they always find them in under 5 min. This was reassuring for me as I ran back and forth trying to watch 2 kids at 2 different exhibits, lol.
Going with a friend helped, but then we were always dividing and conquering. “You take the babies over there and I’ll watch the big kids over here”. This worked, but then it isn’t much of a catch up between you and your friend.
While I loved Telus Spark, I felt like parents needed to know about these things! It is quite expensive to go and the last thing you want is to spend all this money and not enjoy yourself, not be able to actually take in how great it is or it not be what you were expecting. The review/ blog idea was born but I was honestly too chicken to do anything about it lol.
Then, one time when I was at Telus Spark, I was dividing and conquering (again) with a friend and I was watching the big girls on the play structure when all of a sudden a kid started crying. I checked and it wasn’t my girls so I ignored it, but after a while I was wondering why no one was getting this kid. I looked around like “where are her parents!?” when I noticed this mom beside me, stressed and panicked on how she was going to get her kid because she was also holding a newborn baby. I could see her wheels spinning on how she was going to get her crying daughter from this play structure with this tiny baby. I saw she needed help so I went up and asked her if she wanted me to hold her baby. She didn’t even think twice. She gave me the baby (I was in heaven) and she went to get her daughter. It worked out fine, but that moment was when I decided I have to let people know what they’re getting into at these places! Being a parent is tough so if I can make your lives easier at all through this blog, helping you prepare in the best way possible for these places, then I have done my “job”!
Now, onto the good stuff!!
Telus Spark info:
- Creative kids museum is open 1hr earlier then the rest, at 9am.
- Has a really good food court/ cafeteria
- Lots of parking that costs $10. (You get a discount off your pass if you show your parking ticket)
- Other exhibits not shown in pictures are: Earth & Sky, Being human, Open studio and Energy & Innovation. We try to make it around to all of the exhibits, but sometimes we just make it to the kids area and whatever special exhibit they have.
- Can be busy with school groups. There is a calendar on their website that indicates busy / slower times. Definitely check that out before going.
- If you plan on going more then 3 times per year then a membership is definitely the way to go!
- 3 yr old girl: The outdoor park and almost everything in the creative kids museum
- 1.5 yr old boy: He loves figuring things out and building / putting things together so all the exhibits where he could do that, he was all over it.
- Me: The quality of this place is unbeatable. From the exhibits, to the equipment, to the staff, its all so good and it is fun and interesting for me too!