Science Festival 2018: Highlights For Sydney Kids & Families

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By: Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist

Sydney Science Festival is running 200 events across 90 venues in Sydney from 7 - 19 August 2018!

The program is jam jacked full of FREE family-friendly action for budding scientists!

Our top 5 picks for this year are:

1. Super Science Saturday

Super Science Saturday will be a jam-packed day of interactive shows and activities at the Australian Museum, including explosive action at the Street Science Show, the Science Expo with over 20 booths delivering spectacular experiments and hands-on demonstrations, plus live animal shows, face-painting, and roaming scientists.

Find out what’s rumbling beneath the earth’s crust with ‘Volcanoes, eruptions and more’. Learn more about the relationship between science and culture with ‘Aboriginal Bush Food and Medicine’. Uncover what it takes to find the stories in science from a range of science journalists. More information HERE (11 August 2018)

2. Big Science Day 

At Big Science Day, families can explore the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and watch a Mars Rover travel across the red planet, code robots, and meet real scientists at the Powerhouse Museum. More information HERE (12 August 2018)


3. The Innovation Games

The Innovation Games at Sydney Olympic Park is a free event full of new ways to taste, touch and see science in ACTION! There will be loads of opportunities including the low down on drones, flying simulators or the chance to talk with a regular ASTRONAUT!  You can even join the augmented reality treasure hunt created especially for this event and win one of their three amazing GOLDEN TICKET prizes. More information HERE (18 August 2018)


4. The Indigenous Science Experience Family Fun Day

Yarn with Aboriginal Elders at the Redfern Community Centre on bush foods and medicines, make Aboriginal tools and jewellery, take part in hands-on science shows led by Indigenous youth, solve maths puzzles, try out 3D printing, plus enjoy lots of other science and technology activities.  Open to the whole community, the day demonstrates the value of traditional and contemporary (customary) Indigenous knowledge in science and technology and the relevance of science to our everyday lives. More information HERE (19 August 2018)

5. Living Laboratory at the Royal Botanic Garden

Explore the Royal Botanic Garden to get hands-on with science experiments, explore behind-the-scenes, visit state-of-the-art science facilities and use scientific equipment.

Go on the Science Safari with Macquarie University science students and visit six hands-on science adventure stations throughout the Garden. Meet scientists, botanical illustrators and horticulturalists and find out about the amazing work they do. More information HERE (11 August 2018)

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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