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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

Illuminate: How Science Comes to Light

  • Exhibitions

Head to Scienceworks for a brand new exhibition focusing on the science of light. Kids and adults alike will love this exploration of light and colour, featuring interactive exhibits, neon displays, and even an invisible laser sensor chamber. With an illuminated colour-mixing station, a giant kaleidoscope and more, the hands-on, interactive play is an excellent introduction to the world of STEM for kids and will keep them entertained during the winter school holidays. "Our new experience encourages play, exploration and creativity, reflecting our museum's role in fostering life-long engagement with STEM and preparing young Victorians for the science and technology-led workforce of the future," said Lynley Crosswell, the CEO of Museums Victoria.  The exhibition runs until July 2023 at Scienceworks. Entry is $12, in addition to the $15 museum entry. Looking to get your culture fix? Here are the best art exhibitions in Melbourne this month.

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