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Scienceworks for the Younger Kid

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by Su-May Tan (subscribe)
I am a copywriter based in Melbourne. I write here about any interesting activities I come across.
Published June 15th 2012
Get to drive an (almost) real tractor
While Scienceworks is known for delighting pre-schoolers and primary kids, I wasn't sure if it was a suitable place for my boy. One: My boy is three and a half years old. Two: He would be more thrilled with destroying a Tesla Coil than seeing it work. Three: Being quiet and taking instruction is not his forte.

The Scienceworks website, however says the place generally caters for kids three years up, so I decided to give it a try. Plus, Wallace & Gromit would be there. Being a great fan of the duo I would have gone even without the kids.

Nitty Gritty Super City
My favourite spot is the upstairs section catered for little kids (probably 3 to 8) called Nitty Gritty Super City. In this area, kids can get their hands 'dirty' messing about with the workings of a city like using pulleys, carting blocks in wheel barrows and playing with tools.

As my boy has an obsession with construction zones, we spent 90 percent of the time in this area. He had loads of fun trying out tractors and carting blocks, and perhaps learning something about machines at the same time.

For non-builder types, there are other cool sections like a boat you can load with cargo, a giant Lego city and interactive videos on recycling.
Ship's ahoy...

Wallace & Gromit
Scienceworks is having a special Wallace & Gromit exhibit until 11 November 2012. My kids weren't terribly impressed by this section (as they were probably too young).

I expected to see a bit more of Wallace and Gromit but the exhibition focuses more on promoting the power of ideas with W&G as the platform. In terms of creating an appreciation for some quirky gadgets and celebrating creativity, it does succeed.
Wallace & Gromit at Scienceworks

Good day indoors
Overall, Scienceworks is a good day indoors for kids, big and little. Besides Nitty Gritty, there is also a small outdoor playground for the younger ones. Entry fee is $10 per adult and free for kids. Wallace & Gromit is $9 for adults and $6 for kids.
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Why? Something for kids to do indoors
When: Any time
Where: 2 Booker Street, Spotswood VIC 3015
Cost: $10
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