Love travelling and doing lots of fun activities with my kids!
Published November 10th 2016
Interactive fun for the curious mind
The Phenomena Factory is located inside the QVMAG Museum. It's a great interactive playground where kids get to learn all about how actions cause reactions in our physical world. Learn about kinetic energy by turning the handle fast enough on the Jaffa Machine and it might just reward you with a sweet treat. It's a place where you can make music with a thong and send rockets into space. You discover that your quietest whispers can be heard by someone standing some twenty metres away and your loudest shouts come tumbling back at you from inside a long tube. Measure how fast you can throw a ball. Are you the next champion fast bowler?
There is plenty to keep the kids busy with while mum and dad can sit down for a coffee at the Railway Café. Once you manage to drag the kids away from all the action, you can walk around the rest of the museum. There is an astronomy section and an animal display with a particular focus on the Tasmanian Tiger. This exhibit details the life and extinction of the often misunderstood thylacine. Outside, you will find the Blacksmith Shop which was functional up until 1994. On Sundays, the museum runs a free guided tour of the Blacksmith Shop.
With the summer school holidays coming up, the Phenomena Factory is a great place to keep the kids entertained. They won't even realise how much they are learning! There is plenty of parking outside the museum or you can take the free city Tiger Bus.