Anyone who grew up in the 80’s remembers Nintendo – you know the original Nintendo with controllers that only had 1 arrow pad and 2 buttons. I remember spending Friday evenings with my friends playing Mario, Tetris or having a friendly Dr. Mario competition. So when I heard that the Ontario Science Centre’s new exhibit Game On 2.0 opened I knew that Hubs, who is an avid gamer, and I had to go.
“The world’s largest celebration of video games making its first Canadian appearance, Game On 2.0 features game design, development, and production including multiplayer games, handheld devices, original concept and character art, and the history’s most influential arcade machines. Visitors will experience more than 60 years of video game entertainment and technology; from the very first commercial coin-operated game to the latest in virtual reality and 3D gaming.”
We set off on a family adventure to the Ontario Science Centre, and had such a fun day. We started with the Game On 2.0 exhibit which is a completely hands on & interactive experience. With over 150+ gaming systems you can PLAY you can play the games you loved as a child or try out some new ones. There were lots of games and gaming systems that I had never heard of that we were able to explore. Of course I had to show Monkey that I still have my Tetris skills, and Hubs showed him how to play space invaders.We all enjoyed taking turns at some of the arcade style games. I was really impressed with how quickly Monkey picked up on how to play the games, since he has never touched a gaming system before. Now even though we had fun as a family, I would love to experience this exhibit with just Hubs and I, or with older children who have an attention span of more than 30 seconds. It was a bit tricky to really get in to a game or read anything when you know if 30 seconds you will be tracking down a toddler who has already moved on to the next thing. That said, there was a whole area dedicated to preschool games that we did sit down and play for a few minutes.
After we were finished in the Game On 2.0 exhibit we headed on over to the KidSpark area. This exhibit space is for children 8 years old and younger and is all about hands on learning. You should have seen how Monkey’s eye lit up when he realized he could drive this HUGE car! The scientist in me loved teaching him about why a hot air balloon rises. And he even got to do some roofing with Daddy!
I was really impressed with the Ontario Science Centre staff who engaged and played with the kids. Within KidsSpark there are also areas for children under 3, so if you needed a little down time this was the perfect place to go and let the little ones wander in a contained area. And as a nursing mom I totally appreciated the private nursing rooms available if you need them.
The Game 2.0 runs until Sept 2, 2013 so plan a trip to the Ontario Science Centre to explore the wonder world of science and get hands on with some of the most popular video games of all time! What was your favorite video game to play as a child?
Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to attend the Ontario Science Centre. All opinions are strictly my own