ZOOOM – Children’s Innovation Zone

ZOOOM celebrates the natural curiosity and creativity of children as playful, inquisitive learners. In this hands-on exhibition, children aged eight and under can investigate, experiment, and exercise their creativity.

Like a circle, this exhibition has no beginning or end. Designed along a loop with clear sightlines for watchful parents, ZOOOM can be explored in any sequence—starting, stopping, and resuming at any point. This is a self-directed space where there is no right answer: open-ended experiences allow children to exercise their imagination and make their own choices. ZOOOM features elements of surprise and experimentation – including a designated toddler area with a starry sky, an interactive gear wall, an ultra-sensory play structure, a vehicle-building station and test ramps, a light and sound console and more!

ZOOOM offers seating for up to 80 parents, and a baby care room with bottle-warming, diaper-changing, and feeding facilities.

The University of Ottawa Living Lab

Ottawa U Living Lab

The Living Lab is a partnership between the University of Ottawa and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. It's a space where researchers conduct cutting-edge child development studies with parents and children visiting the museum. At the Living Lab, the first lab of its kind in Ontario and the second in Canada, families are able to help create and share knowledge, and get a great introduction to a side of science that they may not have experienced!

The Living Lab can be found at the back of the ZOOOM Gallery (children's gallery) at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

Our opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information on the Living Lab, please visit their website:

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