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Questacon has school holiday fun for the whole family

By Questacon Media 15 Jun 2014


There’s something for everyone at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, especially during the upcoming school holidays.

Questacon is the smarter way to have fun for all ages, offering over 200 hands-on science exhibits, including the newest exhibition, Perception Deception, which will challenge your senses with optical illusions and perceptual tests.

Treat the whole family to one of the many Spectacular Science Shows performed throughout the day by Questacon’s Excited Particles theatre troupe, who will help you discover the wonder of dinosaurs, spiders, rockets, balloons, liquid nitrogen, and much more.

On offer exclusively during the holidays is the extraordinary puppet show for pre-schoolers (aged 2–5), DinoStory 2—The Lord of the Wings. This exciting show features Mutty the Muttaburrasaurus, the cheekiest dinosaur in the world, who will take the littlest visitors on all sorts of prehistoric adventures.

From 14–18 July, EuroScience at Questacon takes off with a special week celebrating the achievements of European scientists throughout time. The week includes dramatic performances centred on famous European scientists such as Marie Curie or Michael Faraday, special Q Lab sessions where you can replicate key work from European scientists, and specially-themed Spectacular Science Shows. Euroscience at Questacon is presented in collaboration with The Australian National University Centre for European Studies.

Budding inventors, designers and makers can sign up for an exciting school holiday workshop at the Questacon Technology Learning Centre in Deakin during July.

The workshops, designed for children aged 10 – 15, provide either a full or half-day of fun, creativity, problem-solving and unique challenges.  Full-day workshops run from 8–10 July between 9 am – 3 pm, and cover a variety of topics, including 3D design and printing, creating pattern-making robots with eggs, and harnessing the power of a spring to create a complicated contraption.

Half-day workshops run on 11, 14 –17 July from 9 am – 12 pm and allow participants to build and program a robot, design and launch their very own rockets, build a mini wind turbine, and create a piece of mechanical or wearable art out of salvaged materials.

The workshops are an enriching experience, and are an affordable opportunity for educational fun over the school holidays.

More information on all the activities available at Questacon during the school holidays is available on the Questacon website.