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Scienceworks kids
Eamon Gallagher

Time Out Says

Young Melburnians have fond memories of Scienceworks. It's not surprising – the interactive science and technology museum is geared towards getting children excited about science through first-hand experiences. 

There are guided tours, changing exhibitions, demonstrations and special activities daily. The Planetarium, with its huge domed ceiling replicating the night sky, is always a huge hit. On Friday nights the planetarium transforms into a domed cinema for adults, with films transporting viewers to outer space, coral reefs and black holes. You can even set yourself up with a sneaky drink to accompany your film. 

For a shocking experience check out the lightning room shows. Sure it costs a little extra, but there's nothing like man-made thunderbolts to make science fun. Over in the Sportsworks exhibit kids can try to beat Cathy Freeman or try out what it's like to snowboard. Scienceworks is also an autism friendly museum with social scripts and maps showing high and low sensory spaces in the museum available on their website. 

Nicola Dowse
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Nicola Dowse


2 Booker St
Nearby stations: Spotswood
Up to $15
Opening hours:
Mon-Sun 10am-4.30pm

What's On

Born or Built? Our Robotic Future

If you’ve ever watched the films Her or Ex Machina you’ll know how easily the lines between AI and humans can blur and how harrowing that can be.  Scienceworks’ latest exhibition Born or Built? explores how sophisticated robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) have become, how easily they can mimic human beings, and delves into the evolution of technology.   It will also pose challenging ethical and philosophical questions about the future of robots and human interaction to get you thinking. Expect hands-on experiences that enable you to chat with a robot, test its ability to understand your emotional state and be faced with a range of robotic faces to see which one makes you feel the most uncomfortable. You'll also be able to assemble simulated DNA in different configurations and create a human (like in the Sims but a whole lot more technical), and learn about the technologies we can implant or replace in the human body. You’ll also receive a lesson on our history with prosthetics and medical devices, how technology came to dominate the twentieth century and what increasing automation might mean for our future.  This one’s for people of all ages, including kids, and it might make you think twice before you have a go at Siri again. Born or Built? Our Robotic Future is on from April 3, 2021 to January 30, 2022. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now via the website.

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