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Engage, Play, Learn: Air Playground is Back at Scienceworks, Spotswood

Air Playground, the family favourite temporary exhibition at Scienceworks that’s all about AIR – is back for a second season and reinvigorated with fresh interactive exhibitions and displays!

Kids and their families can play with air, the amazing invisible elemental force, and experience the science of aerodynamics hands-on. 

Air Playground Scienceworks Images Joyce Watts

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Air Playground is a playful journey through six breezy worlds each exploring different concepts of air. We were invited to experience the exhibition on opening night!

The brightly coloured exhibition is suitable for older and younger kids, as each age group will gain something different from their visit. 

Lady AB, at 12 years old, had as much fun as her 10-year-old brother, while I saw many families with younger children getting in on the fun! We stayed for close to 90 minutes in the exhibition.

Air Playground Scienceworks Melbourne

Feed scarves into one of the five inlet holes and watch the fabric whoosh and float to the ground.

Air Playground Scienceworks

Play with balancing balls of different shapes in the air flows of boulders and learn about the Bernoulli effect…

Air Playground Scienceworks Images Joyce Watts

You can also blow-dry your hair!

Air Playground Scienceworks

Learn about air compression and force as you launch balls into the air! The ball launcher is a popular experience so you may have to wait a bit. 

Air Playground Scienceworks Images Joyce Watts

Play with air flows as you navigate a tabletop mini golf course….

Air Playground Scienceworks Images Joyce Watts

…and make and launch a paper airplane and experiment with which paper planes fly best in a special flight path. 

Air Playground Scienceworks Images Joyce Watts

Air Playground Scienceworks Images Joyce Watts

A highlight of the Air Playground is the Inflatable Adventure –  a jumping castle with a scientific bent!

Have fun and learn in this immersive and buoyant experience with air squashed it into tubes, tunnels and cushions to create a kooky inflatable structure.

Air Playground Scienceworks Images Joyce Watts

Three-minute sessions run throughout the day, with up to 10 people (2 adults maximum) inside the structure at one time.

You’ll need to take off your shoes, watches and spiky earrings.

Air Playground Scienceworks Images Joyce Watts

Don’t miss this opportunity to dive into a world of science and discover amazing things that the air all around us can do! Air Playground is a great exhibition for kids 0-12 years, filled with easy-to-understand, fun activities. Let science blow you away!

TOT: HOT OR NOT attended as a guest of Scienceworks. All opinions are our own.


For other programs and exhibitions at Scienceworks visit Ground Up, Beyond Perception

For best child-friendly cafes near Scienceworks visit Grazeland or Duchess of Spotswood

About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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