Bring your wildest expectations

Step right up, the circus is in town! Discover the science under the big top. Explore the magnificent secrets behind mind-boggling acts, death-defying stunts and impossible feats. With over 20 exhibits, CIRCUS! Science Under the Big Top is packed with interactive activities for the whole family to enjoy. Unleash your inner child and relive those fond circus memories.

*Elastic Acrobatics and the High Wire is open from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Twist & Bend

Explore the art of contortionism, get yourself into small spaces and find out if you have what it takes to fold yourself into a small box.

Up, Up and Away

Get bound by the laws of physics, strap into a harness and walk across a nine-foot high tightrope.

See it, Believe it

As part of our sideshow family, uncover the facts about the basic anatomy of the digestive tract from mouth to esophagus to stomach.

Dream it, Be it

Join our circus! Role-play, dress-up and make-believe as your favourite circus talent. A variety of costumes are available to inspire your creativity.


Is it real or is it fake? Zoom in and enter a miniature world of circus! Watch these trained and talented fleas perform.


First the scarves, then the swords! Toss, catch and learn the art of juggling with math and science! Juggle balls, scarves and much more!

Relive those fond childhood memories from the circus

Bring your family and create new circus memories. Satisfy your carnival cravings with circus inspired food at the Social Eatery, take a piece of circus home with you from the Spark Store, or enjoy one of our Adults Only Nights!

Social Eatery

Snack on classic circus delights and enjoy sweet treats from our circus robot at the Social Eatery.

Spark Store

The clowning around doesn’t end here! Visit our Spark Store for more circus oddities.

Adults Only Night

Be a big kid and experience CIRCUS! Science Under the Big Top during our monthly  Adults Only Night experiences.

CIRCUS! Science Under the Big Top explores the physics, biology and history of circus through interactive activities and exhibits.

Bring your wildest expectations!

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Supported by the Government of Alberta and Highland Moving & Storage Ltd. Developed by the Ontario Science Centre.