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Material of the Season

Join us daily in the Creative Kids Museum from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to explore this season's material through hands-on creativity.

These activities vary daily and are perfect for children under 9 to do with their caregivers.

All activities are included with membership or admission to TELUS Spark.

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Plastic

Plastic is everywhere. Explore how to change plastics in the world around us. Making a change to a material, even a small one, can inspire creativity.

Now until February

Everyday at 10:30 a.m. one of the activities below will be running the Creative Kids Museum*:

Plastic Fusion: What happens when you take old plastic bags and make something new? Come create fused plastics with us, using real tools. These can be used like fabric, stained glass, and in many other ways. The world is full of possibilities when you learn how to turn something old into something new.

Toy Mash-up: Ever wished an action figure looked a little different? In this program, we’ll customize plastic toys. Your children will exercise bravery by taking apart plastic toys using real tools, and then they will engage their creativity by recombining the pieces into something new. What they create is sure to impress themselves, and you! 

Inflatables: Creating something 3-dimensional takes creativity, spatial reasoning skills, and problem solving. We’ll practice these skills as we collaboratively create inflatable creatures that take their form when air is added. Children will work with plastic as it moves, and acts, in unexpected ways, creating opportunities for creative flexibility and problem solving. 

Plastic Printmaking: We’ll use an everyday material to explore the basics of printmaking. Art is a wonderful way to express a youngster’s thoughts and individuality, and in this program we’ll learn a new technique to create art. We’ll practice fine motor skills, and take advantage of the properties of plastics to create prints in an unexpected way.

Jellyfish Sculptures: To really explore plastics, we have to experiment with how we can change their shape. To do this, we’ll safely use tools to heat and form plastic and create jellyfish sculptures. This will take some courage, lots of creativity, and a little bit of patience, but the outcome is beautiful 3D sculptures.

Just for toddlers: Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Plastic Exploration: The littlest of visitors (ages 3 and under) can explore different types of plastic, and how these plastics look, feel and sound. Your little ones can dance, wiggle and jump on bubble wrap, which is sure to enchant. We’ll develop physical literacy, and fine motor skills as we dance, and play with plastic objects.  

*Activities change daily and are chosen based on the frequency of an activity, resourcing and the number of visitors in the gallery. 

Coming Up

Metal

March-June

Metal has many unique properties that some other materials might not possess. What can metal do that other materials can’t? Discover the many properties of metal while bending, shaping and creating using metal and real tools. This builds confidence and develops unique skills.

Naturals

July-October

There is so much in nature to explore. Come discover the world around us! Bring the outdoors in and find new ways to explore nature. Observation and exploration are skills that every growing child needs.

Paper

November-February

Would you rather build a tower using tissue paper or cardboard? Even though these materials seem very different, they have a lot in common. Come explore the many ways you can be creative using this month’s Material of the Season: Paper.