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Top School Holiday Fun at Queensland Museum

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Top School Holiday Fun at Queensland Museum

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There is always something going on at the state museum of Queensland, Queensland Museum. With four separate campuses in Queensland - South Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Townsville, there is definitely something for everyone at Queensland Museum.

During the 2013/14 summer school holidays, there are a range of excellent exhibitions to visit suitable for kids at the South Brisbane and Ipswich Museums. With so much to see and do, make sure you check out their website for the complete comprehensive list. In the meantime, read on for a list of my top picks.

Day Out with Thomas 2014

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and spend the day with him at The Workshops Rail Museum.

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From Thursday 26 December 2013 to Sunday 2 February 2014, The Workshops Rail Museum is inviting you to jump on board and hang out with fun characters, participate in fabulous activities and enjoy the best entertainment at Day Out with Thomas 2014.

For the youngsters, join in the various engaging hands-on Thomas activities available; get energised and active with the super awesome circus activities; have a go on the indoor adventure playground; meet and greet the ever-popular Thomas and The Fat Controller face-to-face; and let your imagination run wild making your own craft creation to take home.

Kids will definitely get star-struck because not only will they meet Thomas the Tank Engine and The Fat Controller, but also the Scottish twins and kings of practical jokes Douglas and Donald; and faithful coaches Annie and Clarabel; and D199 (aka Spamcan). Also making an appearance will be the agricultural engine Trevor the Traction Engine and of course, the grumpy and rude George the Steamroller. With so many engines and characters, the children will be ecstatic!

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Whether you live near Ipswich or not, why not take advantage of your ticket and check out all the exhibits at the Museum and make a day of it? See the fascinating enormous model railway, have a go driving a train on a simulator, take a look at genuine locos and vintage carriages and don't forget to take a guided tour of the active railway workshop. Just make sure you wear enclosed footwear for safety reasons if you want to take the tour.

Expect to spend a few hours here so pack some yummy munchies to enjoy in the grounds and there's also Trackside Café for all your food and caffeine needs.

  • North Street, North Ipswich
  • Driving and public transport information can be found here.

  • 9:30am - 5pm daily

  • Adult $20
  • Child (3-15 years) $11.50
  • Child under 3 Free
  • Concession (on presentation of concession card) $17
  • Family (2 adults & up to 4 children) $59

  • Free

Behind the Scenes I Spy Tours

Little detectives aged 7 years and over will absolutely love these Behind the Scenes I Spy Tours at Queensland Museum South Bank every day (except weekends) from Monday 6 January to Friday 17 January 2014.

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Although this may not your expected detective work, it's just as exciting, intriguing and mysterious. Perhaps you'll come across spiders and weapons on your tour, or maybe mammals and masks. Do you know what you'll spy on?

These mesmerising guided tours provide a one of a kind experience giving you the opportunity to meet the curators and see the invaluable collections up close. Each day's tour vary a little so be prepared for the unexpected.

  • Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, within the South Bank Cultural Precinct in South Brisbane
  • Driving and public transport information can be found here.

  • 11:15am – 12pm. Meet 10 minutes prior to tour time at the Discovery Centre, Level 3.

  • Adults $15
  • Child (7-15) $10

It's Atomic

Children will be completely amazed and impressed by Queensland Museum South Bank's holiday workshop It's Atomic from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 January 2014.

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Be inspired and blown away by this hands-on workshop where you will discover and explore the invisible microscopic world of amazingly tiny atoms. Do you know the difference between various elements such as gold, silver and hydrogen? Well, you'll find out here, as you physically feel these elements yourself.

Led by facilitator Ian Stuart, a retired science teacher, your little ones will get an understanding of the world of science while learning about the alphabet of the universe (aka the Periodic Table), having fun with Atomic Numbers, building a molecule model, utilising bonding theory and creating their very own chemical formulas. Expect your children to have the best time!

  • Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, within the South Bank Cultural Precinct in South Brisbane

  • 10:30am-12:00pm – Ages 6 - 8 years
  • 1:00pm-3:30pm – Ages 9 - 11 years

  • Child $7
  • MyMuseum Child members $5
  • Accompanying adults are free of charge.

Science Fiction, Science Future

Take a journey into the future at Science Fiction, Science Future at the Sciencecentre from Saturday 20 July 2013 to Sunday 13 July 2014.

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Witness science fiction become a reality right before your eyes with hands on exhibits and full-body experiences on teleportation, holograms, invisibility and mind controls. Here, you don't need Harry Potter's invisibility cloak to turn invisible, or possess supernatural powers to move objects with your mind. Here, be intrigued and amused by augmented reality in action and break into a fit of giggles as you are mimicked by a life-like robot.

There will be all sorts of futuristic activities waiting for you to experiment with including designing your own cyborg, drawing a picture of the future, and interacting with a robot. Make sure you spend some time at all the activity stations to maximise your experience.

  • Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, within the South Bank Cultural Precinct in South Brisbane
  • The Sciencentre is located on Level 1 of Queensland Museum
  • Driving and public transport information can be found here.

  • Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
  • Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day & Boxing Day
  • Open ANZAC Day from 1.30pm

  • Adult $14.50
  • Concession/Full-time Student $12.50
  • Child (3-15) (must be accompanied by an adult 18 ) $11.50
  • Family (2 Adults/Concessions & up to 4 Children) $44.50
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