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Science Weekend: Antarctic Journey

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by Deborah Jayne (subscribe)
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Phillip Island Nature Parks


Mad Scientists, Antarctic Adventurers and Expert Rangers will be hosting some family friendly – not to mention really fun and exciting - science based activities at the Phillip Island Nature Parks in celebration of National Science Week across the weekend of 20th and 21st of August 2016.

Participate in some 'wacky experiments' or watch some amazing demonstrations being held at the WWF Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre on Phillip Island.

The Mad Scientists workshops are being held first on both the Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 11am. Do you know where elephant toothpaste comes from? How does energy creates waves? Participants will follow the Nature Parks' rangers on a mission to find the answer to these and other puzzling questions.

From mad science to the depths of the Antarctic, adventurer Diver Matt will be surfacing from 11am to 12noon to share his tales from the deep. Learn more about the abundance and diversity of marine life on the coastal margin of the Antarctic and using some simple yet intriguing experiments, Diver Matt will demonstrate how the Antarctic differs from the Victorian coastline.

Care for a little hands-on science, kids? From 1pm to 3pm you will need your thinking caps, and be prepared to delve elbow deep in some science-based fun. Can you drop an egg without breaking it? Will a plant grow inside a jar? Through a series of safe and interactive experiments, kids will learn the answer to these and some other interesting questions.

On Saturday 20th August, tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for kids aged 4 to 15 years, concession $12.60 and family tickets $45. Standard entry into WWF Antarctic Journey applies to all activities with these tickets.

Sunday is Fun Day right through August - and tickets are half price. Adults $9, Kids $4.50, Concession $6.30 and Family tickets $22.50.

General entry to the centre, café, gift shop, interpretive display and boardwalks is free.

To save, visitors to Phillip Island can purchase a 4-park pass to the Antarctic Journey, Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm. Details are available on the Phillip Island Nature Parks website.

The Nobbies Centre is located at 1320 Ventnor Road, Summerlands – 5 minutes past the Penguin Parade. There is free onsite parking.

The Nobbies Centre is open from 10am to 4pm in Winter and longer through the warmer months. It features an interactive exhibition about the Phillip Island penguins, the Antarctic landscape and multimedia space that enables you to feel as though you are actually in Antarctica.

Find out more about the Phillip Island Nature Parks on their website by following the link here.
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Why? Interactive Science Fun
When: 10am - 3pm
Where: The Nobbies Centre, 1320 Ventnor Road, Summerlands
Cost: $18 for adults, $9 for kids aged 4 to 15 years, concession $12.60 and family tickets $45
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