At Scienceworks little folk get the chance to do some of the fascinating activities usually reserved for adults. What will fulfil your own kids’ dreams? Will they rush onto the ‘building site’ and climb on the digger to press buttons and make the digger’s arms work? Will they slip gleefully behind a counter in a ‘cafe’ to take orders and prepare a meal? Will they choose to be TV presenters and record their own weather reports? Whatever they choose, everything they explore in this feast of interactive exhibits will introduce them to scientific principles.
2 Booker St, Spotswood; (03) 9392 4800
■ The Sportsworks exhibit, where kids can test their athletic skills against real sporting stars and explore how their bodies work.
Scienceworks is built on the grounds of an old sewage treatment plant. The Pumping Station is now classified as an important industrial heritage site. It no longer treats sewage, but if you take a guided tour you can see one of the giant pumps in action, and you can peer down at the contents of a sewer!
■ The activities described above are in Nitty Gritty Super City, designed for children aged 3–8 years. There are plenty of other wonderful exhibits for older kids.
- Scienceworks, Spotswood, In city