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Great Engineering Feats Are Possible by Little People
Construction Site at the Ipswich Art Gallery
Yesterday I discovered a fabulous, hands on exhibition for children at the Ipswich Art Gallery which is running until the 27th January. It's not often that children get to have such great fun for a next to nothing price, but this fantastic play space is a great couple of hours of fun for $3.00 per entry (including adults), or $10.00 for a family of up to five, including one adult.
Once inside there are a range of activities to participate in, designed to encourage creativity and exploration. The first area is a sand play area where children can build, stamp and cookie cut the sand in their tray. Next up is the ball run area, where children can create their own ball run on a peg board, using recycled boxes, hoses, funnels, bits of timber and pipes. Ask the attendant for your ball and test out each stage as you build it. Lots of science and engineering skills to stimulate little minds in this activity!
Walking on through the gallery you discover Box World, an exhibition of a miniature city built almost entirely from recycled boxes and other materials by a father, Warren Thomas, for his children after a visit to LEGOLAND ten years ago. It has grown to massive proportions, taking up an entire exhibition room at the gallery. It is a jaw-dropping creation, with plenty of special buildings for children to discover.
The final activity is the block room. Dressed in the safety helmets and vests children provided, children are encouraged to exercise their imagination and build constructions on a grand scale. Using large foam bricks and shapes, children can create cubby houses, castles, towers, whatever their heart desires. There is even an area sectioned off for children 3 and under to play in. This room was a hive activity, with more than enough blocks for the more than thirty children who we're playing in the area.
This is an exhibition well worth the trip to Ipswich for the morning. If you pack a picnic you could have lunch in beautiful Queens Park afterwards. Metered street and council parking is available in neighbouring streets, or you could catch the train. Don't miss this great exhibition suitable for 2-12 year olds which finishes at the end of the school holidays. To find out more, visit the Ipswich Art Gallery Website.
Good article. My kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Also helps to take a packed lunch and snacks there's not too many places to eat in Ipswich centre. We went in the morning had lunch outside the gallery then went back inside in the afternoon.