Gallery 6

Sensory Space

A brightly coloured play room with a billabong scene on one wall, cut out clouds hanging from the ceiling, and an array of play objects in the picture.
A slinky sitting in a perspex cup attached to a yellow and green disc, attached to a red wall

Explore different textures, sounds, lights and movements with your child.

How it works

Several exhibits in Sensory Space encourage young children to match sights, sounds and textures, as they are encouraged to turn discs or watch and listen to the bubble towers.

Things to try or ask around the exhibit

Ask your child open-ended questions to stimulate their curiosity and logical thinking skills:

  • “Why does it make that sound?”
  • “What’s happening there?”
  • “How does that work?”
  • “Is that normal light?”
  • “Why does it move like that?”


All children are fascinated by the nature of light, so pre-schoolers may focus on the visual exhibits. Some things stimulate several senses at once—they are multi-sensory. See if your child can make connections between the sights, sounds and sensations of the bubble tubes.

This stimulating environment is a unique sensory experience even for school aged children. When visual and auditory perception skills are stimulated, this contributes enormously to a child’s ability to learn to read and understand scientifi c concepts.