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Air Playground

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  1. Kid in air playground
    Photograph: Supplied/Museums Victoria
  2. Kid in air playground
    Photograph: Supplied/Museums Victoria
  3. Kid in air playground
    Photograph: Supplied/Museums Victoria

Time Out says

Be blown away this school holidays at the Scienceworks exhibition all about the magic of air

The best thing about the Westgate Bridge is not going over it (in fact, that's the worst part), the best part is knowing that Scienceworks is on the otherside of it. We may be adults now, but it's hard to deny how truly exciting it was to venture over to Spotswood as a kid for a day of science-based fun. 

Thankfully, if you have any little ones, you can use them as an excuse to visit Scienceworks and see some wonderfully epic exhibitions. One exhibition that will literally blow you away is Air Playground, a 600m2 playspace full of fun and discovery, where kids can explore the invisible but important resource. They’ll learn the basics of aerodynamics by designing their own paper planes, play around with the physics of airflow, and even make objects float. 

There'll be giant air-filled tentacles, a free Air-Palooza amphitheatre show where kids can watch a levitation demonstration, and a huge inflatable sculpture for kids to bounce around on. Plus, kids won't get bored with 11 different air-themed activities to explore: squish, fly, flow, gust, float, whoosh, aim, lift, swirl, flutter and launch. 

The gust interactive is sure to go down well with the kids, as they experience the wind of three huge industrial fans swirling through their hair and whooshing around them.

Air Playground is a fantastic school holiday activity designed for the whole family, but is best suited for children aged 6 to 10. Make sure to also check out the other exhibitions at Scienceworks, like racing Cathy Freeman in Sportsworks, learning about black holes in the planetarium and speculating what the future might hold in Think Ahead. You can find out all the details on the Scienceworks website

Looking for more family-friendly fun? Check out our guide to the best activities for kids in Melbourne.

By Saskia Morrison-Thiagu & Liv Condous for Time Out in association with Museums Victoria


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