Queensland Museum South Bank
This is a place where your kids will rush from one exhibit to another, excited to explore, then call you over to share their discoveries. They’ll eagerly place insect slides – and their own hands – under a giant microscope to see them magnified on a computer screen. They’ll make the parts of a car engine work by turning a handle. Their favourite, though, will probably be ENERGEX Playasaurus Place, where they can test the size of their own feet against giant dinosaur footprints, join in a dinosaur dance, and gaze up in awe at full-size replicas of prehistoric beasts.
Cnr Grey and Melbourne sts, South Brisbane; (07) 3840 7555
FREE; EXTRA COST FOR SOME SPECIAL EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS
■ The Inquiry Centre on Level 3, where you can touch specimens, see living animal exhibits – including the largest cockroaches in the world, a python and huge stick insects – and ask experts questions about animals, rocks, fossils and people.
The life-size replica of tyrannosaurus rex in ENERGEX Playasaurus Place is not quite correct! It was made and shipped out from America in 1978. Since then, palaeontologists have discovered new information about this dinosaur. Look at the small, new model and see if you can pick the differences.
■ The website has lots of interesting information and fun, educational games.