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Get hands on with science Picture: Sydney Science Festival

Mad scientists will go full Einstein over this explosive family event in Sydney.

Sydney Science Festival will bubble away from Tuesday 7th to Sunday 9th August, with more than 200 events in 90 venues around Sydney.

Children do science experiments at science fair

Get hands on with science Picture: Sydney Science Festival

It coincides with National Science Week and operates in partnership with MAAS (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences) and the Australian Museum.

For families, Science in the Swamp at Centennial Park is an ideal introduction to the diverse festival offerings. On 18th August, families are invited to a free day with the theme ‘dinosaurs vs. superpowers.’ Pop on your superhero suits and roam the parklands alongside stomping dinos and scientist guides.

The Innovation Games is another exciting kid-friendly feature, held at Sydney Olympic Park on 18th August. Entry is free to the series of immersive displays, live stage shows, games, food stalls and virtual reality scavenger hunt.

Kids watch a science experiment demonstration with billowing smoke

Blow things up with these smokin’ science demos Picture: Sydney Science Festival

Super Science Saturday at Australian Museum and Big Science Day at Powerhouse Museum host interactive shows and demonstrations that are also worthwhile for curious kids. Interested teens should sort through the seminar series on offer throughout the festival, featuring names like celebrity scientist Dr Karl and Australian of the Year quantum physicist Michelle Simmons.

The full program of events has been recently released here.

Some of the experiences on offer are virtual Picture: Sydney Science Festival

The idea is that everyone can get hands-on with science and technology, says MAAS Director of Programs and Engagement, Tristan Sharp.

“The incredible program provides an opportunity for the general public, young and old, to come together to marvel at how science influences every aspect of our lives.”

This is the festival’s fourth year.

Family events are in abundance Picture: Sydney Science Festival