"Questacon Canberra - The kids will love experimenting and being so hands on!"
This is Australia's National Science and Technology Centre. It is responsible for government reports and you get to visit part of it - This part is called Questacon.
What a change it makes to be able to tell your kids to touch things! Quite different from the many other attractions in Canberra. This is a great place for anyone interested in science but mainly for those families who have kids.
I'd say its best for younger kids - under the age of 8. It's not to say your 9 year old won't enjoy it. I'd say that they will be through the centre in an hour and half where as the younger kids could play here for at least half a day.
Getting To Questacon Canberra, Opening Hours, Costs
You'll find the centre at King Edward Terrace on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, between the National Gallery and the National Library.
There's plenty of parking so you can bring your car. Or catch one of the many buses that runs to this area.
A walk across the bridge from the city will probably take you about 30 minutes
Prices are approx $20 for adults and $15 for children. They do a special family pass for about $60.
The Centre is open every day between 9am and 5pm. Only day it closes is Christmas Day.
What You Can Expect To See
There are 6 zones and it is easy to manoeuvre between the zones - there is just one stroller/wheel chair friendly ramp that spirals to the top of the building and then works it's way down again by zone.
Mini Q (zone 6) - This is the under 6's play area that has a house, grocery store, a vets office and a construction site. (pictured at the top of this page) In busy school holiday times they restrict the amount of time you can play in here and sometimes even have a ticketing system to stop it getting overcrowded. My kids were at the right age to appreciate this area and had heaps of fun - they didn't want to leave. The water fun was particular wet and wild so a change of clothes might be a good idea, even though smocks are provided.
H2O - 16 different areas to see how water shapes our world. Kids can interact hugely - and they get to understand a bit more about this limited resource
Sideshow - another big hit with the kids. This is science around a theme park - understanding fear, probability and of course a roller coaster simulator
Awesome Earth - Get to see lightening in action, what it feels like to be in an earthquake and witness a tsunami. All very relevant given recent disasters around the world.
There's certainly lots more to see but the above were firm favourites.
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