Thrill your kids at the carnival these school holidays
The July school holidays are looming closer by the day, and Scitech is holding the perfect exhibition for you and the kids to use the break to have fun together, learn new things and experience something unique. The Carnival of Science is a huge carnival-themed exhibition running daily at Scitechuntil Monday 13th October 2014.
Scitech is a not-for-profit organisation and is Western Australia's leading science education centre offering engaging science experiences for the public. This is a great opportunity for children and adults alike to interact with over a hundred different exhibits and learn the science behind every single one of them. They are all simple but addictive activities, games and displays that encourage hands-on exploration, coupled with short explanations that simplifies complicated scientific jargon into understandable, kid-friendly language. This is a valuable learning experience that allows children to observe and appreciate just how common science is in our everyday lives.
Why was this so much easier when a big fluffy toy wasn't at stake?!
The carnival exhibits are spread out across different areas as you make your way through to understand the illusions and tricks behind amusement park games. Entertain yourself with side-show alley games and attractions, ride a Segway, find your way through a confusing mirror maze and overcome your fear of stepping on a nail - try laying down on an entire bed of sharp nails!
Feeling completely safe on a bed of fully raised sharp nails
The carnival exhibition is divided up into different sections. 'Ingenious!' is one of the sections providing very hands-on, practical activities such as building dominoes, making race cars out of different materials and constructing a life size igloo layer by layer. The 'Circus' exhibit is exactly that; visitors are able to learn to juggle, manipulate devil sticks, spin plates, master a diabolo and other fascinating circus tricks that the kids will love.
I recently attended the Scitech After- Dark Exhibition, organised as an ages 18 only version of this event for adults to relive childhood days and get excited from discovering and playing with games and toys. I watched in fascination as adults happily became children, building race cars, making paper aeroplanes and flying them down the runway and everything else you would not see them doing outside this weird and wonderful carnival exhibition. I even fell over while trying to follow a line whilst wearing vision-distorting goggles - but felt extremely safe without the slightest bit of embarrassment in the company of many other fun-loving adults. To experience some of the carnival atmosphere, save the date for the next After Dark adults-only exhibition held on the 13th September 2014.
Possibly the unnerving result of playing with the Guillotine exhibit
Tickets and times Scitech is open from 9:30am-4pm on weekdays and 10am-5pm on weekends and school holidays. Tickets are available for purchase here and cost $17 for adults and $11 for children aged 4-17. Entry is free for children under 4.
Children will love the chicks at Scitech!
Getting there Scitech is easily accessible from the City West train station. Alternatively, there is ample parking in the outdoor and undercover carpark and parking is free for the first 2 hours. For more information about this fun and educational carnival event, visit the website and experience all the magic of the carnival at Scitech.