CN Imax Theatre at Canada Place - Vancouver
Activity:Last summer Dad came up with another one of his bright ideas: "Let's go see a 3-D movie on the Monterey kelp beds?" "Let's not and say we did," I said. We ended up going anyway, and boy was I glad. This was one time Dad was right.
We put on these special glasses and they made it seem like we were swimming with the fish. Jen kept sticking her hand out to touch the fish. One time she hit the man's head in front of her. I ducked one time, because I thought for sure this big shark was going to eat me. The screen is really big too, so it seems like the ocean is all around you.
Age group:Jen was four when we went, but I saw kids who looked younger than her. The show lasts only about 40 - 50 minutes, so most kids don't have time to get bored.
Expense rating:Admission: adult $11; over 65, $10; child $9.
:At first I thought a movie about kelp beds would make me fall asleep, but no way, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Mom and Dad said they never had 3-D movies when they were kids. I sure am glad someone thought of it.
Plus the theatre is in this really neat building with five sails. It juts out into the water, and even looks like a boat. You can walk all the way around it, and sometimes there are cruise ships docked right outside.
:Dad thought it was a little pricey for 50 minutes of fun. The four of us cost around $40, and then we still had to pay for parking. I figured out though, it only cost 20 cents per person per minute--which is hardly anything compared to the cost of a roller-coaster ride at the PNE.
Details:CN Imax Theatre, 201-999 Canada Place. To see what shows are playing and show times following this link: http://www.imax.com/vancouver/ or phone (604) 682-IMAX or 1-800-582-4629. Parking is expensive at Canada Place, so we made it more fun by taking the Sea Bus over to Canada Place. Website: www.imax.com/vancouver/
Educational highlights:I don't know about you, but anytime I'm having fun, I'm learning. I can't help but learn. Dad asked me questions about the movie at dinner and I knew all the answers. I wish my language studies would come the same way.
Next time I'm going to ask them if they can put Arnold Swartzenagger on 3-D.
Fun for the adult?:Dad said he found the movie fascinating, and Mom said it was the first time she'd ever seen a 3-D movie. After the movie we discovered a McDonalds and a Starbucks in the Food Fair across the street, so everybody was happy. Then we walked to Gastown. It only took us five minutes. Mom went into a store selling plates and cups, while Dad showed Jen and I the steam clock.