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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

Scienceworks After Dark

  • Exhibitions

Scienceworks is opening its doors after dark during the winter solstice, for an adults-only night where Melburnians can roam through exhibitions, catch docos on the planetarium dome, sip mulled wine and enjoy live music.  Embrace your inner child at the museum's fun-filled exhibitions, including a giant bouncy castle, and try once again to beat Cathy Freeman in a virtual race (you were so close when you were 12, surely you can do it now!)  The Planetarium dome will also be open with three immersive screenings on the night, each exploring the wonders of space and the broader universe. Lie back and take in the magic of the cosmos, with a drink in hand.  Plus, there'll be arts and craft activities, live music and performances. You can even get free entry to Grazeland just next door, where there are endless food options for dinner.  It all makes for an ideal, wintery Friday night out – have a great time and who knows, you might learn something too. Find out more and purchase tickets on the website.  Looking for more fun things to do? Here's our guide to what's on this week. 

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