Backyard Adventures await at Science World's latest exhibition (VIDEO)

You can ride a mechanical bee

Backyard Adventures runs until January 14 | Thor Diakow

There's a hidden world waiting to be discovered in your own backyard.

That's according to Science World's latest exhibition, Backyard Adventures.

The new attraction, which opens Sept. 29, features a 5,000 square-foot space for visitors to "connect with nature and uncover a trove of scientific wonders."

Numerous interactive exhibits include an augmented reality garden bed and backyard-themed mini-golf. Science lovers can also ride a mechanical bee and collect pollen from flowers.

 

 

"This exhibition is all about extending the traditional meaning of a backyard, beyond that lawn patch that you have beside a building, to your communities and your ecosystems that everybody is a part of," says curator Dana Turner.

The exhibition enables guests to learn about biological interactions between plants and insects, the zoology of nocturnal animals, and the horticulture behind growing giant vegetables.

"A lot of people think, in order to do science, you have to go and get a fancy degree and you have to read a lot and study a lot of books and really, all it takes is getting out in the world beyond you, looking at things really closely, getting your hands on things," adds Turner.

Backyard Adventures runs until January 14. Science World is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Visitors 12 and over are required to show proof of vaccination and anyone six and up are required to wear a mask.

In recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Science World will be offering free admission for Indigenous visitors from September 30 to October 3.