A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published April 24th 2015
Get curious and crazy in Victoria's best kept science secret
My little tribe and I spent part of the Easter holidays this year enjoying a 4 day mini-break in Echuca. Having been there several times before I had made a mental list of the usual spots to take the kids, so was pleasantly surprised to find a brand-spanking-new family attraction right in the middle of town.
Little explorers will be enthralled by the air-filled tubes
TwistED Science had only been open a week when we stumbled across it and what on first impression, seemed a fairly humble set-up, had my curious kids engaged for hours. The concept is an experimental, hands-on play experience for all ages, which is achieved by over 20 interactive exhibits housed in a fairly small space, with a separate room for workshops.
There are some great activities to try and lots of them were things my little ones hadn't come across elsewhere. We've pretty much done Melbourne's museums and science centres to death, so to find new, innovative ways to play and learn appealed to me as a Mum and as a Teacher.
Gracing one wall is an intricate network of clear tubes, through which air is blasted. Post some coloured plastic balls through the portals and your mini scientists will have a blast (pun intended) watching the balls whizz around the tubes until they are spat out at random points around the room.
The dark room has some great sensory experiences including an amazing sandbox which I couldn't begin to fathom out (something to do with the sand changing colour as the depth of it was altered) and a beautiful light panel which is used with perspex pegs to create multi-coloured patterns.
The giant magnetic wall was a hit with the whole family. The idea of this one is to select pieces of tubing and pipes to make a course which a small plastic ball can run down. My 5 year old spent ages working on his creation, testing out where the ball would drop and what angle each piece needed to be at in order for it to work properly. I could almost see the cogs turning in his brain.
Over the school holidays there are workshops every morning and afternoon at 11am and 2pm, included in the price of admission. I can't comment on the quality of these as my children refused to be dragged away from the main room to participate, but it looked like there was fun to be had with a vast amount of bubbles.
My 5 year old could have spent an entire morning or afternoon (possibly even the whole day) at TwistED, despite the modest size of the place. My 2 year old was kept amused for an hour or two before tiring and even the 6 month old enjoyed the dark room and the small toddler area. TwistED is part of The Scientwists, a company which offers kids' science parties and corporate functions. If you're heading up to the beautiful Murray River, TwistED is well worth a visit, particularly if you have children aged 4 and upwards.