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Blast off with Scitech this January school holidays
Looking for things to do these school holidays that will keep the kids occupied and not have you tearing your hair out?
Scitech, once again has you covered! Practically a Perth institution Scitech offers a hands-on a STEM experience that will ignite young and old minds and embed a love of STEM. And the latest theme continues their history of interactive, well thought out and mind expanding exhibitions with the focus on all things space!
Running throughout January, Planet Pioneers, comprising of 17 hands-on exhibits, is the feature exhibition of Space Academy theme that has been cleverly woven throughout Scitech.
You will find shows to delight children of all ages, including a wonderful puppet show featuring everyone's favourite, Shannon, with his panache for technology. We love the puppet shows at Scitech as the staff are always super enthusiastic and it's a great way to introduce the theme in a fun way. Just quietly, it also gives parents a chance for a sit-down.
You will also find shows tailored to older age groups in the planetarium and there's no need to keep checking your watch as all the shows run throughout the day and they are announced periodically, so you are sure to catch one that suits you.
Exhibits throughout Planet Pioneers and the main area of Scitech range from small tidbits of science, right up to complex science concepts and you can be assured of two things - fun and learning!
There are even real scientists to talk to! If I have learnt anything as a homeschooling mum, it is that exposing my kids to people who are passionate about a subject ignites them the most interest and in turn inspires learning.
There were a few of our firm favourites like the tornado tub,e as well as some new features like the glow in the dark area which was amazing with its air tubes and coloured sand that mirrored land and water maps. Scitech is never old and stale - no matter what time of year you go, there is always something new to explore. You can feel the excitement about STEM-based exploration in the air.
At Planet Pioneers, you will find a surface exploration vehicle that makes it seem like you are really driving around a planet, I must admit, I got a bit queasy it was so lifelike, but the children loved it! It was in high demand the whole time, but well worth waiting for a turn on.
You can also pack a space bag which worked well with the puppet theatre of a similar theme. You can shoot a rocket designed from a plastic bottle and water and experience G-force. You really get a fantastic experience of what is needed to be an astronaut heading off to a distant planet, there is so much there to explore.
The exhibition is so amazing that it is packing up and heading off to NASA's Space Centre in Houston later this year, so make sure you visit in January before it blasts off. We are so fortunate to have a STEM experience on our doorsteps that is acknowledged worldwide.
Back in the main area of Scitech, you will still be immersed in Space Based STEM. In the Tinkering Space, you can make a simple constellation telescope to take home, an activity which is easy enough for young children but also gives the opportunity for additional learning for older children. It is such a cool thing to be able to make this and take home to continue the fun. There is also the option to make a satellite.
You will also find more hands-on fun with a Meccano area for building one's own toy car. A purpose built ramp gives mini engineers the option to race their car and also find out its speed.
There is always so much to see and do at Scitech, with easy parking and accessibility as well a locality central to many other Perth icons - it's the perfect stop for a school holiday outing. There is a large eating area, so families can save by packing a lunch or enjoy a meal at one of the cafes downstairs. Entry fees at Scitech are great value for money and you can choose from a one-off entry or buy yourself a yearly pass. All prices are here. Planet Pioneers and the space-themed shows are all included in the price, so all you need to do is pay for entry then follow around your engrossed kids in air-conditioned comfort while they soak in some STEM knowledge.
Head down this January and do some STEM exploration with your little explorers.