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Science Time

The Science Time program is currently on hold. In the meantime we are proud to offer our new early learning program Science Sprouts.

All of our Science Time videos and resource sheets are still available below.

About Science Time

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Science Time is a fun and interactive learning experience for little scientists aged 3 - 5 years old and their carers. Just like real scientists, children explore their world and ask lots of questions. Science Time lets children participate in hands-on science activities that include experimenting and discovering. During Science Time children will learn about the world around them and the science in everyday life, in a friendly and inclusive environment.

Science Time Schedule

Days: Science Time is held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during ACT school terms (Science Time is not held on Mondays, Public Holidays or weekends).

Times: Science Time session times are 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am. Science Time sessions run for approximately 40 minutes.

Cost: Science Time is a free program available to anyone who has paid the entry fee to Questacon or has a membership to Questacon.

Digital Science Time: during the current COVID-19 closure, Questacon members with children aged 3-5 have been invited to join our digital science time trial. If you are not subscribed to the Members Newsletter contact the Membership Team at and they will sign you up to the newsletter and send you an invitation!


There are limited tickets for Science Time at the front desk on most days. These tickets are primarily intended for out of state visitors or people new to Science Time. We encouraged everyone to BOOK IN (below) to secure a place for your child in Science Time. Tickets at the front desk are not guaranteed.


Bookings for Science Time are not currently open.


Science Time Visits Videos

Watch our new Science Time Visits Videos to see the Science Time team visiting interesting places and people in our community and investigating the science in everyday life. Videos include Science Time Visits the Guide Dogs, the Chicken Coop, The Blood Bank, The Bee Keeper, The Moon and more... Enjoy!

Science Time Session Videos

Each of our Science Time topics has an online video which children are encouraged to watch after their session to reinforce the science concepts they learned during the session. Repetition is a powerful educational tool for young children. The videos cover the same science concepts discussed in the sessions and also have extra bits too! Many families who don't live in Canberra, who can't visit Science Time regularly, also watch the online Science Time videos. Click here Science Time Session Videos to watch each topic, and be sure to look at the activity sheets and colouring-ins as well!

Science Time Experimenting at Home

Children are naturally curious and inquisitive. Playing and exploring scientifically in a supportive environment builds scientific thinking and understanding and develops a positive attitude towards science. Watch one of our Science Time Experimenting at Home videos and use the parent resource sheet to continue experimenting at home! Each episode looks at a different topic with fun and simple experiments that you can do with things you can find around the house. For general tips on interacting with young children during scientific exploration check out our parent resource ‘Exploring with your little scientists’.