Have you taken the tribe to Scienceworks lately? If you’re thinking of a day out with little ones, Little Kids Day In is a fabulous event tailored especially for the younger tribe members. Marta from Bizee Kidz visited for Entertain My Tribe and said it is well worth a visit!
Scienceworks was one of my favourite places to go as a kid so I couldn’t wait to take my two for a visit. I have been once before while my youngest was a baby in a pram and my 2 year old and her friend had a ball. There are however lots of school excursions during the week and lots of bigger kids in groups to navigate through, so when I heard about Little Kids Day In – I thought it sounded perfect!
Little Kids Day In is a day at Scienceworks dedicated to the 5 years and under age group. Each day has a theme and the activities and performances are all geared towards younger kids.
We went along to the recent event which was themed “Let’s Party”. This was the farewell to the much loved exhibition “The Nitty Gritty Super City”, a gated exhibition space that shows little children just how a city works. It includes a mini cafe, building site, a weather bureau and recycling centre among other exciting things to investigate and interact with. The Nitty Gritty Super City is closing soon to make way for a new exhibition especially for under 5s, which we can’t wait to see!
Apart from the permanent exhibitions, a host of activities are held on each Little Kids Day In. Each area has something going on to interest the littlest scientist. We watched a magic show, made a balloon rocket, played with different balls and supersized games out on the lawn. There is also a baby sensory area with blocks and toys and even a giant wading pool to keep the crawlers in.
The Planetarium is one of our favourite areas to visit at Scienceworks. It is an auditorium with a simulated view of the night sky on the domed roof. With fully reclining seats, you get the best view of the stars at night! With two kids under 4, I was a bit skeptical on how long we would last, but we were assured that we could leave at any time. I was pleasantly surprised on how much my two loved it – on the kids days, the show is catered just for them, short, interactive and spoken in a language to appeal to them. Often an additional cost – this was included on the entry ticket.
All in all we had a fantastic day. While quite busy and at times chaotic, the staff are wonderfully helpful and there are playgrounds, grassed areas and a cafe to go to if you need some time out. The Little Kids Day In activities officially finish at 2pm but you are welcome to stay, and I found this was a good time to explore the other exhibitions as it was a little bit quieter. I do recommend leaving the pram at home if you can as there is only one lift and the exhibitions span three levels, but there is pram parking if you require.
Little Kids Day In occurs on the first Monday of each month from 10am-2pm. Next month has been announced as Dino Day where you can “touch real dinosaur fossils from our museum’s collection, explore dinosaurs through a range of play-based activities, and stomp along to live performances”