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Rescue Exhibition - Sciencentre

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Ever wondered how it would feel to be in an emergency situation? Experience it for yourself (thankfully without the danger) at the Queensland Museum Sciencentre's latest exhibition Rescue.

This interactive exhibition features a range of activities where you get to put yourself in daring rescue scenarios. Visitors will be able to find out more about the skills and technology used by rescue heroes who save people every day. With so much on offer, Rescue is perfect for families with kids of all ages. There's even plenty for grown ups to try too. Check out some of the exhibition highlights below.

Join the helicopter rescue team using infrared cameras to search for people from the air. Kids will love climbing into the life-sized helicopter and navigating the flight simulator. This activity was so popular with the little kids in particular that you might find it difficult to get them out of the helicopter again.

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Ready for take off?


If water transport is more your thing, take the jet skis out for a spin in the wave rescue challenge. Riders must navigate their way through a series of obstacles, to reach stranded swimmers in this challenge.

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Ride the waves


Not only will you get to experience being a rescuer, but also what it would feel like needing to be rescued. Kids can jump into the big blue ball pit of "water" to begin to understand the unpredictability of the oceans. Experience the powerful force of the sea as you attempt to cling to a life raft in the middle of the pit. Our kids came back to this activity many times throughout our visit - definitely our family favourite.

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'Swim' in the giant ball pit ocean


Learn about how to fight a fire. Test out the different extinguishers for different fire types, and where to take aim to be most effective at putting out the blaze. When you've mastered fire-fighting, try navigating the smoke-filled room. It really is hard to see what's going on around you when the smoke is so thick and the room is so hot.

Try out your skills of vertical rescue. Tackle the rock climbing wall or balance across the cliff face - set up thanks to the magic of illusion and some very clever graphics. The rock climbing wall in particular was a huge hit with the big kids and adults.

Maybe you'd rather be the one to report on emergencies. Get behind the news desk while exhibition visitors see you up on the screen.

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Reporting live from the scene of the emergency...


If Rescue looks familiar it could be because this exhibition has spent some time travelling the country. Having visited Rescue at the Ipswich Art Gallery a few years ago, the kids were super keen to take another look these school holidays and are already asking to go back again.

Check out Rescue before it escapes town. There is heaps of fun to be had in this hands-on, minds-on exhibition. Kids won't even realise that they're learning at the same time as playing. Rescue is on now at the Queensland Museum Sciencentre, South Brisbane, until February 21, 2016. The exhibition is open daily 9.30am 5pm. Entry to the Rescue exhibition is included in cost of admission to the Sciencentre.
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Why? Try your hand at being a rescue hero
When: Daily 9.30am-5pm
Where: Queensland Museum Sciencentre
Cost: Included in Sciencentre entry (Adult - $14.50, Student/Concession - $12.50, Child - $11.50)
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