The Best Events During Sydney Science Festival 2019

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Science, exploration, and creativity are taking over Sydney during the Sydney Science Festival 2019, so you'd better make sure your little scientists don't miss out on all the astronomical excitement! From interactive laboratories to animal encounters and the imperative question of what is the meaning of life? we've got all the not-to-miss events of this year's festival.

Little Explorer's Big Day Out – The Australian Museum

An explosive day of experimentation is on the agenda at the Australian Museum during the Science Festival. For one day only, the Little Explorer's Big Day Out will see all curious and creative little scientists taking over the Australian Museum as they interact with dinosaurs, witness volcanic eruptions, and get up close and personal with chemistry. The one-day event is run by professional scientists and is one of the highlights of this year's Science Festival.

Tickets from $10 per child; $15 per adult.

When: Friday 9 August, 9.30 am to 3 pm
Where: The Australian Museum
For more information, visit the website.

If you can't make it to this one then make sure you check out Super Science Saturday (10 August) when the whole of the Australian Museum is turned into a giant laboratory for a day of kids’ science!

Spotlight Prowl – Centennial Park

If you've ever wanted to see what the animals of Centennial Park get up to when the sun goes down, now's your chance. Spotlight Prowl is an after-hours expedition for animal lovers from 4.30-5.30 pm. The family event gives you an all-access pass to the nightly activities of the nocturnal animals that call Centennial Park home. Don't forget your torch! 

When: Friday 9 August, 4.30 to 5.30 pm
Where: Centennial Park
For more information, visit the website.

Big Science Day – The Powerhouse Museum

Another big day out for little scientists, Big Science Day will take over the Powerhouse Museum as you explore all facets of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). Kids and adults can learn about the historic Moon Landing, cue up on coding robots, engage in hands-on science experiments, and chat to real-life scientists. The best part? Kids go FREE!

When: Sunday 11 August, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: The Powerhouse Museum
For more information, visit the website.

Kids Go Free Day – Taronga Zoo

Another freebie for the kids, Taronga Zoo will be letting kids go FREE for one special day. Kids will be allowed free entry to Taronga Zoo when accompanied by 1 paying adult and will be allowed to roam the park and all its facilities for as long as they want. With over 4,000 animals and 20 Keeper Talks and Shows a day, there's PLENTY to see and do at Taronga Zoo. Highlights of the Sydney Science Festival include Operation Earth, a conservation mission should you choose to accept! Children and adults can expect a day full of interactive science-based challenges and learn about crucial conservation strategies in place to ensure a future for Earth’s magnificent wildlife.

When: Saturday 17 August
Where: Taronga Zoo Sydney
For more information, visit the website.

Gondwana Garden Family Day – Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Dinosaurs are roaring into the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah at the Gondwana Garden Family Day! On Saturday 17 August, Gondwana Garden Family Day is a free event and invites families to explore reptile descendants, watch dinosaur shows, see and learn about frogs and furry animals, and enjoy interactive chats with experienced Botanists from the Herbarium. Families will even get to explore Australia's megafauna in 3D with a special Jurassic Garden smartphone app!

When: Saturday 17 August, from 10 am
Where: Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah
For more information, visit the website.

Science In The Swamp – Centennial Park

Image Source: Botanic Garden and Centennial Parklands

What do Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Batman and nature have in common? They all have superpowers! You might think that superheroes are the only beings with superpowers but believe it or not superpowers exist all around us in nature. Bring the kids along to Science In The Swamp at Centennial Park where they can learn all about nature and superpowers, plus, the incredible Roving Dinosaur will be along for the ride. This is a FREE event.

When: Sunday 18 August, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Dicken's Lawn, Centennial Park
For more information, visit the website

Living Laboratory, Science In The Garden – Royal Botanic Gardens

Science In The Garden is a celebration of all things science in the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens. This FREE day of festivities includes kid-friendly adventures such as fossil making, face painting, microscope exploration, animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours of the gardens, seed collecting, the Wild Thing Exhibition, food trucks and more.

When: Sunday 18 August, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
For more information, visit the website

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