On weekdays I masquerade as a mild mannered office worker but on weekends and holidays I break out the X-ray glasses in search of fun, food and new adventures.
Published March 8th 2020
Update March 17th 2020
Curiocity Brisbane and the World Science Festival have been cancelled.
Explore, learn, play, enjoy
Curiocity Brisbane is back again, running from 20 March to 5 April 2020. It's difficult to describe this unique 17 day program and do it justice. The website describes it as a "playable city where imagination, invention and innovation collide" but there are just so many interesting things to see and do that any summary is going to seem inadequate.
What kind of interesting things do I hear you ask? Well, how about the Digital Domes, a series of geodesic domes set up in New Farm Park where you can engage in some virtual reality gameplay using the latest head-mounted technology. Or show off your gaming skills and be top of the leaderboard in the PC gaming tournament.
VR game play at the Digital Domes, New Farm Park. Photo courtesy of curiocitybrisbane.com
Do you or your children love Transformers? Then you'll be fascinated by Dynamo, a scaled-up version of a pneumatically operated robotic arm set up in Captain Burke Park, Kangaroo Point. In order to see Dynamo in action, you will need to jump on a bike and use pedal power to capture and compress the air then press the buttons and watch him come to life. Nearby is Robot Spaceland, an army of 11 metre high robots made from upcycled industrial waste. In the same vicinity are other interactive works of art and technology that allow kids of all ages to learn about the world around them through play.
Kids of all ages will enjoy the 11 metre high robots. Photo courtesy of curiocitybrisbane.com
Did I mention that most things on the program are free?
Here's how it works. There are precincts, called "curiocities", from Southbank to Kangaroo Point and from the CBD to New Farm. Each curiocity has it's own opening dates, times, events and experiences designed to ignite curiosity. There are a lot of events happening over the three weeks so check the website to find out what's on, where and when.
It's also a good idea to plan ahead and use public transport where possible as parking, particularly at New Farm and Kangaroo Point will be limited. The CityCat ferry service is a great way to travel between Southbank, New Farm and the city. A route planner is available here
CityCat ferry is a great way to travel between the "curiocities"
During Curiocity Brisbane, some related festivals will also take place including the World Science Festival which will run from Wednesday 25 March to Sunday 29 March. Located in the City of Science (between QAGOMA and the Queensland Museum) there will be lots of workshops and presentations. On Saturday and Sunday there will be free, family-friendly activities on the Osmosis Stage including The Big Bang Science Show and musical performances by the funky Vegetable Beets. Then as night falls, adults can sit back, enjoy a drink and listen to local music artists at The Nucleus or catch a movie such as A Clockwork Orange or Awakenings at GOMA. The Brisbane Astronomical Society will also be providing telescopes and holding free stargazing sessions from 6.00pm to 9.00pm on Saturday March 28.
The science behind cricket is explained
The University of Queensland will be partnering with the Queensland Museum to present a range of workshops and presentations over the 4 days of the festival - no, don't think boring lectures, think Dr Karl and Dr Matt Agnew (astrophysicist and former Bachelor heartthrob). Dr Karl will talk about future careers in science and will also appear in the Night of the Nerds variety show while Matt will explore the topic of life beyond our universe. Cricketers Jodie Fields and Michael Kasprowicz will join scientists to talk about why a cricket ball in the right hands, can seem to defy the laws of physics, bamboozling batters. There are so many interesting topics on offer, there's sure to be a presentation you won't want to miss. The event program for both the free and ticketed events can be found here but you'll need to book quickly because some events are already sold out.
City of Science, Southbank. Photo courtesy of curiocitybrisbane.com
Who knew science could be so much fun? Why not release your inner child and let your imagination run wild at Curiosity Brisbane and World Science Festival. There's sure to be something that will pique your curiosity and amaze you.