Please note: I used to work at the Edmonton science centre and was invited to a free sneak peek event. I am writing this article because I love the science centre and wanted to share all the fun new details with you. All opinions are my own.
On Tuesday, Telus World of Science – Edmonton (TWOSE) invited me and a guest (JC) to a free sneak peek of the new Zeidler Dome Theater and S.P.A.C.E Gallery. Eager to see the new Space Gallery & Star Theater at the Edmonton Science Centre, I jumped at the opportunity to attend this TWOSE Staff and Alumni (past employees and volunteers) event. I could feel the excitement in the air as we arrived at the Edmonton science centre. Everyone was curious to see both attractions that officially open on August 3rd, 2018. It felt like a celebration and reunion, with so many alumni and employees in one room, I got to catch up with previous co-workers I hadn’t seen in ages.
Zeidler Dome Theater (or Star Theater) – Interactive wall, New show, & Best seats in the house
Around 8 pm we finished socializing with old friends and headed up the stairs to the new Zeidler Dome Theater. Starry lights hanging from the ceiling lead us to the theater entrance. To the left was the Imaginarium; a special wall that reacted to everyone’s movements, creating colourful artistic celestial images across the wall. It was such a fun interactive experience that I went back after our show to dance in front of the wall some more.
As we chose our seats, I immediately noticed the new seating arrangements. These new super comfortable chairs have cup holders, lean so far back it felt like I was laying down, and they no long swivel back and forth. For anyone looking to actually lay down, you now can in the beanbag section. Every seat offers a great view but if you want the best view, choose a chair across from the entrance to the theatre.
Once we were all sitting cosy, Frank Florian, also known as the Laserist, came out and started the show. The new theater has 10K resolution capability and I really noticed the difference in quality. They previewed short clips of different classic star shows and took us on a trip from the science centre on earth through our surrounding galaxy. The details of each planet were crisp and clear. We even got a sneak peek of the newest show, Aurora, making its debut Aug 3rd, 2018. The images presented in Aurora are all from the Northwest Territories.
It would not be a complete star theatre experience without a laser show! For the grand finale, they started up the fog and played some Michael Jackson and Pink Floyd. The brand new laser light show system, installed by Laser Fantasy, danced across the screen with stars in the background. The vivid colours upped the level of epicness of the laser show in the new theater.
S.P.A.C.E Gallery – New displays, Interactive exhibits, & Great photos opportunities
Everything looked incredible as we entered the new S.P.A.C.E Gallery; I wanted to try it all! There were tons of interactive exhibits to check out including; finding black holes, rocket shooting, rocket landing, lunar missions, an Aurora experience room, and so many more! It was a good mix of computer simulations and hands-on experiences.
There were beautifully lit colourful displays throughout the gallery. With so much to see, I ended up walking around the room three times trying not to miss anything. I was also keeping a lookout for pop culture Easter eggs within the designs. They let us know that there are seven different ones to find in the gallery. I will have to visit again because I could not find any that night. That night, I did get some fun photos with the lights and in an astronaut suit, (I think the look suits me).
Want a kid-free experience at the Science Centre? Check out their adult only nights, Dark Matters. Read about my Dark Matters experience here, “Edmonton Night out – Playing around at Dark Matters“
I cannot wait for both the new Zeidler Dome Theater and S.P.A.C.E Gallery to officially open. I am excited to go back to see the new Aurora star show, watch more laser shows, and try out more of the games in the gallery.
Want to see both new attractions for yourself? The official opening is Aug 3 at 11 am complete with a rocket launch. Then that night the centre is hosting a laser show with special access to the S.P.A.C.E Gallery.
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