In Calgary, the Telus Spark science center has expanded its Brainasium, a one-acre outdoor adventure park for kids, with seven new features, among them a 35-foot-high rope tower climbing structure. Other Brainasium structures include a 90-foot long logjam, a set of giant molecule-shaped climbing blocks, a six-person teeter-totter and 60-foot tube slide (which provides one means of descent from the rope tower). The park obstacles challenge kids to explore physics and the workings of simple machines and “prime their brains for new learning opportunities,” according to the center’s website. Entry to the park is included with general admission to Telus Spark.
Troy Hawks contributes to Adventure Park Insider, Ski Area Management, and a variety of other publications and websites. He has held editorial positions at business magazines serving outdoor sports and recreation as well as manufacturing and textiles. Most recently he was communications manager for the National Ski Areas Association and editor of the NSAA Journal. He also serves as a communications consultant for several clients. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, he now lives in Denver, Colo.