Want to ride a giant ant? Work a grain elevator with a train and pneumatic tubes? Make giant bubbles and Mars rovers? Build a house with sustainable materials? You can do that at the Saskatchewan Science Centre, and it’s as awesome as it sounds!
Location: 2903 Powerhouse Dr, Regina (map)
Parking: Large parking lot
Age Range: 0 – Adult
Features: A multitude of science-based activities about mining, farming, building houses and communities, space, bubbles, animals, and hockey. They cover a lot of ground here.
Amenities: Washrooms, cafe, gift shop
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Admission: Varies, depending on whether you want to see the IMAX movie or the feature exhibit. Prices are here.
Charlotte’s review (6 years old): “It was amazing. My favourite part was the balls – you could take them in the truck and dump them and they go in a tunnel. It was cool to watch them come out of the tube.”
Luc’s review (4 years old): “I liked putting the balls inside the wall and then they go in the top of the roof and then they fall into the container. It was good!”
All on its own, the Saskatchewan Science Centre is worth the drive to Regina. I actually prefer it to the science centre in Calgary – the Regina version has much more for young kids to do, and a wider variety of activities.
On the second floor, you’ll find the space area. Among other things, you can sit in a chair and use a rope to pull yourself up. There are three chairs, and they simulate what your weight would be on three different planets. You can also build a Mars rover! Nearby, you can play a brick-breaking game on a giant screen – and your body is the controller. This is a great workout, by the way.
The bubble area was also a family favourite. You can try to make a giant bubble to stand in (we couldn’t make this work), you can create a wall of bubble, and you can use metal rings to make cool cylindrical bubbles. There’s also a hot air balloon nearby – hold down the button for about two minutes, and the balloon will ascend to the roof two stories up!
One of the best parts of the Science Centre is tucked behind the space area. The farming area shows kids how grain elevators work – yellow balls stand in for grain. The balls are transported through pneumatic tubes into a waiting train, up into a tall climber (grain elevator), and through a loading shed. The kids could have stayed in this area all day, literally.
We dragged them up to the next level, where they were also enamoured with a house-building area. A partially-finished playhouse-sized house had hardhats and goggles for them to wear. They used foam bricks to build pillars, and they used a conveyor belt to transport shingles up to the roof, where they “attached” them after climbing up. They also could have spent all day here.
If you have a baby, he or she will also find lots to play with, including: a light-up sound wall, foam houses for “community” building, and a room full of blue foam blocks and connectors.
If you’re visiting Regina, budget half a day to a full day for the Science Centre. You won’t be disappointed – it’s awesome. Make sure you check out the playground outside as well!
If you’re headed to Regina, check out my article about all the fun things to do there on Calgary Playground Review!