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Queensland Museum 150th Birthday Celebrations

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by Ranyhyn Akui (subscribe)
A UQ student whose favourite method of procrastination is getting out of the house and enjoying what Brisbane has to offer.
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Families may have felt quite bereft these Summer school holidays with the loss of the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, which have been closed for renovations. Luckily, they are reopening just in time for the first school term of 2012.

Kids will happy to hear that Playasaurus Place will be returning better than ever, so they too can create happy memories of picnicking among the dinosaurs, just as I did. If the kids just can't wait for the 20th of January when the museum will reopen, QPAC is hosting a special Dinosaur Picnic on The Green from the 6th to the15th of January. Kids can create their own dinosaur mask and costume and then dance along to performances from Dinosaur Joe, while the rest of the family enjoys a picnic bought from the QPAC cafe.

The official reopening and birthday celebrations will be kicking off with the cutting of a 150th birthday cake in the Sciencentre forecourt. Over the next three days, visitors to the museum and Sciencentre can experience dinosaurs walking around the museum, discovery and curator talks about the various exhibitions and collections at the museum and incredible science theatre shows at the Sciencentre.

The big attractions will be the new exhibitions when both the museum and Sciencentre reopen. The museum will be hosting an exclusive exhibition of Egyptian artifacts called 'Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb', which is on loan from the British Museum and includes a short 3D movie. Other exhibitions include 'Bouncing Back from Disaster,' in which Queenslanders share their experiences of the December 2010 January 2011 Queensland floods.

The Sciencentre will have great exhibition which even I can't wait to get my hands on, called 'Whodunit?' CSI fans will definitely want to take the whole family to this interactive experience with plenty of hands-on activities as visitors find clues, practice their fingerprinting skills and try out forensic entomology as they solve the crime.

Admission charges apply to some of the exhibitions but general entry is free.

Take the kids along for fantastic day out of fun and learning.
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Why? Fun and learning for the whole family
When: Celebrations from 20-22 January, then open for good
Where: Queensland Museum and Sciencentre
Cost: General admission is free, various entry fees for specific exhibits
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