Science Festival 2017: Highlights For Sydney Kids & Families
By: Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist
The Sydney Science Festival is running from 8 August to 20 August 2017, and there is a heap of exciting events, explosions and experiments for kids and families to get involved in.
The Science Festival is an exciting opportunity for kids and families to experience and learn from the best that science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) has to offer, so here are our top picks:
1. Science In The Swamp
Celebrate Science Week at Centennial Parklands with fun, free science displays and activities. Erth will be back with their life size roaming dinosaur as well as an amazing variety of science activities, shows and demonstrations that will keep kids entertained for hours. More information here. Saturday 12 August
2. Super Science Saturday
An extraordinary day out for the whole family at the Australian Museum. There will be live animal shows, face-painting, hands-on experiments and lectures, meet and greets with real scientists, and a range of exciting shows and activities for littlies, kids, teens and parents. More information here. Saturday 12 August
3. PlantBank Party
At the Australian PlantBank in Mount Annan, kids and families are welcome to explore seeds, slime, rainforests, rocks, reptiles, flowers, insects, botanical illustrations and more at in this science party brimming with activities, games and shows. Don't forget to dress up in your favourite science-themed outfit! More information here. Saturday 19 August
4. The Innovation Games
A free day full of hands-on sporting and technology fun at Sydney Olympic Park! There will be coding lessons, boomerang battles, augmented reality treasure hunts, extreme orienteering and even a chill-out zone for worn out explorers. More information here. Sunday 20 August
5. Wild Science Race
See wildlife through the eyes of a scientist at Taronga Zoo! Explore current research projects with Taronga Zoo and Macquarie University scientists, test your skills as a scientist and compete in challenges. More information here. Saturday 19 August
6. The Indigenous Science Experience Family Fun Day
At the Redfern Community Centre, you can yarn with Elders about bush foods and medicines, make Aboriginal tools and jewellery, discover the science of ochre, try out robot activities and lots more! More information here. Sunday 20 August
7. Gondwana Garden
Take a trip back to Gondwanan times at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah and celebrate science with the family! Explore fossils under the microscope, meet Botanic scientists, learn about ancient plant life, take a behind-the-scenes nursery tour, get up close with incredible fungi and lots more. More information here. Saturday 19 August
For a FULL list of Sydney kids and family Science Festival events, click here.
For awesome DIY science experiments you can do from home, click here.
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