Questacon appeals to children’s instinct to take up a challenge, to inquire and experiment, but while they are having fun, they learn about scientific principals, such as gravity and relative motion. Your kids will want to have a game of Curve Ball in the spinning chairs – it’s hard to predict where the ball (and their hands) will go next. And the 6-metre-high Free Fall exhibit is irresistible for young daredevils.
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■ Mini Q, if you have a child under six. Activities here involve exploring spaces, balancing, role- playing, and experimenting with flowing water.
One of the scariest interactive exhibits in the museum is Guillotine in SideShow. During the French Revolution, thousands of people really had their heads chopped off by guillotine. Now you can find out how they felt! Questacon gives you a chance to find out about all sorts of scientific phenomena, including your own fear responses…
■ You’ll find the Curve Ball and Free Fall activities in the SideShow exhibition (though displays are frequently updated, so these may have changed).