TDF MagnifiScience Centre is Pakistan’s first-ever contemporary and interactive science center that has opened its doors to the public this October in Karachi. The project is backed up by The Dawood Foundation (TDF) and is termed as a “praiseworthy endeavor to foster children’s interest in science.”
The magnificence center located at Karachi’s railway quarter, adjacent to the bustling II Chundrigar Road is a “first of its kind interactive space that aims to spark scientific curiosity and enhance critical thinking, and the Nature Series – which creates awareness about Pakistan’s environmental treasures, their impact on our ecosystem, and their sustainability challenges, among other initiatives.”
It will provide a truly experiential way of learning about scientific concepts, which students often only learn through textbooks.
The center has a ground floor, first floor, and second floor. The ground floor is dedicated to Kids World Karachi which features a Karachi Mohalla, markets, hospital, sawari adda, and construction zone tha comprises fun activities. The second floor is dedicated to the ‘physical world’. This comprises sections of mathematics, energy, forces, and motions. There’s a swings section, treehouse, navigation maze, obstacle course, and balance challenge at the science garden.
The Chief Executive of The Dawood Foundation (TDF), Sabrina Dawood, is the mastermind behind the TDF MagnifiScience Centre. She says that the “TDF MagnifiScience Centre is our contribution towards making science accessible for everyone, elevating science literacy in the country, and inspiring the spirit of inquiry among our younger generation. We hope that the people of Karachi and beyond can play an active role in making MSC a hub of learning and a catalyst in developing the country’s science capital.”
Sabrina Dawood is also the force behind Karachi’s TDF Ghar located at M.A Jinnah Rd “which explores and preserves Karachi’s heritage and culture”. The house is open to the public to enjoy the rich and vibrant history of the city of lights.
Days and Timings
The center is open from Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Last entry: 3:30 p.m.), and on Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Last entry: 6:15 p.m.). The center is closed on Fridays and open on public holidays (However, it is best to check their website to confirm).
On weekdays, from Monday to Thursday, the general admission pass is for Rs. 700 per visitor, the general admission pass on weekends is Rs. 800 per visitor, the Science garden pass (available on weekdays only) is for Rs. 70 per visitor, and admission pass for schools Rs. 700 per student. Entry for children under two years of age is free.
Children of all ages must be supervised by an adult in all areas of exhibitions and the Science Garden. Visitors above 18 years are required to present their proof of vaccination at the entry point.
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