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Spring School Holiday Fun - Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

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For all the little Einsteins
This September and October, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a huge, exciting program for the kids' school holidays and big kids at heart. Over 3 locations, science lovers are in for a treat that will be bringing Spring in with a big bang!

The event starts on the 24th of September and runs until the 30th of October. The host venues are the Sydney Observatory, Powerhouse Museum and the newly refurbished Museums Discovery a Centre that will have everything from guided tours, full-day workshops and interactive fun to keep budding scientists entertained these school holidays.

Spring School Holidays with a Bang!
Photo courtesy of MAAS website


First off, the Museum Discovery Centre has now re-opened in Castle Hill and is offering their first School Holiday Program. For children aged between 12 to 16, there will be a freestyle 'Raps & Rhymes' workshop at the cost of $40 per person. Or you can drop in for some hands-on making of amazing and quirky creations of your own inspired by the collections from the participating museums. The centres' programs runs from the 26th of September until the 7th of October and general admission is FREE for all kids. You can find the centre at 172 Showground Road in Castle Hill, north-west of the Sydney CBD.


Spring School Holidays with a Bang!
Photo courtesy of MAAS website

The Observatory is located at 1003 Upper Fort Street in Millers Point, NSW. This Spring they have a lot to offer for the kids holidays. There will be 'Midday Storytelling' for the younger kids, where at 12pm an educator from the Observatory will be telling Astronomical stories about the great beyond. Also the 'Astronomical Space Hub', set in the beautiful gardens at the Observatory where all will be able to explore and marvel at the wonders of Astronomy. With a selection of hands-on and minds-on activities get down to the Observatory to experience these events from the 24th of September until the 10th of October.

Spring School Holidays with a Bang!
Photo courtesy of MAAS website

If you want to make it a family occasion at the Observatory you can choose the option of a guided tour I'm either daytime or night time. The tour runs for 1.5 hours and is guided by one of the experts that will take you through the planetarium, dome and give you telescopic views to discover the wonders of the night sky with your family.
Spring School Holidays with a Bang!
Photo courtesy of MAAS website


Last but not least is the schedule of the Powerhouse Museum this Spring. The venue is located at 500 Harris Street, Ultimo in the CBD. Admission into the Museum is $15 for Adults, $8 for Concessions and Children aged 16 and under receive FREE entry.

The Powerhouse have some great activities for aspiring scientists and to keep the kids entertained. There will be a Q & A with top persons in their field that will allow children to get as much information and insight into this forever evolving industry. Kids will also be able to see and create their very own explosions caused by the combination of two particles. Both these exhibitions will run from the 24th of September to the 10th of October and is FREE with entry.

Spring School Holidays with a Bang!
Photo courtesy of MAAS website

However, the big attractions this Spring, at the Powerhouse, will undoubtedly be the exhibitions of 'Collider' and 'Particle Smash'.

Collider' runs until the 30th of October and is the work of 10,000 men and women across the globe aiming to uncover the building blocks of our universe. It is the largest science exhibition of its kind and will immerse guests by recreating the famous particle physics laboratory CERN. You will be able to learn so many new things and ask some questions of your own about how our universe was formed.
Spring School Holidays with a Bang!
Photo courtesy of MAAS website

Particle Smash' is a full-body interactive exhibition where participants chase and catch virtual particles then smash together to create new things. This exhibition will be a massive hit with the kids and big kids at heart! This event runs from the 24th of September to the 10th October.
Spring School Holidays with a Bang!
Photo courtesy of MAAS website

The school holidays can be a daunting and exhausting time for parents. But thanks to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and participating venues, you have some days covered with the activities mentioned!

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Why? Keep the kids entertained these holidays
When: 24th September to 30th October
Where: Powerhouse, Sydney Observatory & Museum Discovery Centre
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