School holidays at MAAS

Scientist showing kids an experiment
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School holidays will go off with a bang with these free activities at the Powerhouse Museum

Budding scientists will love the school holiday workshops on offer at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). Free workshops at the Powerhouse Museum include using your arms and legs to catch virtual particles in Particle Smash (daily, 10am-5pm). Or, you could watch gummy bears explode in Explosion of the Day (daily, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3pm), where expert educators will use liquid nitrogen to make all sorts of mess. There’s also an augmented-reality hide and seek where you can use your smartphone to find subatomic particles (daily, 10am-5pm, ages seven plus). Kids can also meet science experts and find out about their work and how they got to be where they are (daily, 12.30-1.30pm, ages six and up).

While you’re there, check out the Collider exhibition. Then, get hands on with spirographs inspired by the ATLAS detector. Plus, there’s a play area designed for under fives with subatomic particle plushies and a giant fuzzy felt particle wall.

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