With lots of fun features, Australia’s major cities offer an incredible variety of museums that help children learn about the world they live in.
We have chosen for you the Top 5 educational centres that you and your children simply must see!
1. Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
Every year this fantastic hands-on attraction welcomes over 400,000 visitors through its doors. Since opening in 1988 little kids and big kids alike have been wowed by the amazing interactive and engaging exhibits designed to make the worlds of science and technology fun and accessible to everyone! Understanding the way in which things work, scientific advancements and futuristic concepts are all up for grabs – literally – in an entertaining, fun, relevant – and sometimes messy – discovery quest. Little ones under six years will love Mini Q, designed to gently introduce pre-schoolers to the hands-on wonder of the world around them.
2. ACMI – The Australian Centre for the Moving Image
A unique institution in the heart of ACMI celebrates, explores and promotes the moving image in all its forms – film, television, games and digital culture. With a proud tradition of hosting award-winning Australian and international exhibitions, films, festivals, live events, creative workshops, education programs and resources, ACMI invites visitors to engage with the moving image. The range of constantly changing and engaging kids’ creative workshop experiences on offer at ACMI is fantastic.
3. The Powerhouse Museum
Explore the interactive side of art and science at this iconic Sydney museum, part of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS), where kids under 16 visit free! Heaps of hands-on permanent exhibits and visiting exhibits will take you into ancient worlds and future worlds, entertainment, architecture, design, the digital age, experiments, ecology, steam power, space, clocks, transport and more. Even The Wiggles have their own wonderful, wiggly permanent exhibition @ The Powerhouse!
4. The Australian Institute of Sport
Go behind the scenes at Australia’s elite athlete training institute – AIS. One of Canberra’s most popular attractions, you might even catch some of Australia’s top athletes in training when you visit! Challenge yourself in Sportex, a leading interactive sports exhibit set amongst a unique collection of Australian sporting memorabilia. Best of all Sportex is included free as part of every AIS Tour.
5. Sciencecentre @ Queensland Museum
There are ‘no visitors’ at the Science Centre because everyone is a ‘participant’. With 100% hands-on science-based fun waiting for little kids and big kids to experience, there are more than enough exciting incentives to join in and start discovering – hands-on!