Air Playground Scienceworks Images Joyce Watts

Hands-On Fun: Summer Holidays Arrive at Scienceworks

Let’s be honest, we all know the struggle of keeping the kids entertained and educated!

Luckily Scienceworks is once again delivering fun and educational holiday programs these summer school holidays. Expect exciting new shows at the Melbourne Planetarium, exclusive on-site tours, and interactive experiences with air and aerodynamics at Air Playground, back by popular demand. There’s lots of opportunity for learning and laugher at Scienceworks this summer!

Air Playground Scienceworks Images Joyce Watts


1. Air Playground

Back by popular demand, Air Playground welcomes curious kids and their families to play with air, the amazing invisible force, and experience the science of aerodynamics.   

Float objects in mid-air, place material in fast-moving air-jets, squish a giant inflatable tentacled sculpture with your body, launch balls sky-high with compressed air, craft paper planes to soar and more. 

Air Playground, 9 December 2023 – 6 October 2024 | Daily | 10:00am – 4:30pm | Adult $25, Senior $20, Child $10, Concession $10, Member $8 | Includes Scienceworks entry 

Air Playground Scienceworks Images Joyce Watts

2. Air-Palooza

Discover the marvels of air at a free 20-minute live science show. Air-Palooza makes invisible forces come to life, leaving you in awe of the wonders that surround us. 

Uncover these secrets of invisible forces, witness captivating levitation demonstrations, and explore the fascinating power of air pressure through interactive experiments.  

Air-Palooza 21 December 2023 – 29 January 2024 | Daily | 12:00pm and 2:00pm | Includes Scienceworks entry 

. Scienceworks Members Summer Party. Nina. Source Museums Victoria
Creative Lab Museums Victoria – Photo: Eugene Hyland

3. FlushBack

FlushBack, Scienceworks’ new, award-winning AR adventure, brings to life the awe-inspiring heritage-listed Spotswood Pumping Station. 

Understand the importance of sewerage systems and how they fit into the water cycle – and have fun doing it!  

FlushBack, 21 December 2023 – 29 January 2024 | Daily | 1:00pm & 2:00pm | | $3, $2 Museum Members 

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4. Planetarium Shows

Book into the Planetarium and enjoy an out-of-this-world show exclusive to Scienceworks.  

11:00am – Tycho Goes to Mars
12:00pm –
Solar System Adventures: Where’s the Water?  
1:00pm –
2:00pm –
Solar System Adventures: Where’s the Water?  
3:00pm –
4:00pm –
Dark Side of the Moon (only available from 26th December – 31st December) 

Planetarium Shows, 21 December 2023 – 29 January 2024 | Daily | $10 / $8 Museum Members 

. Dark Side of the Moon Planetarium show. Source Museums Victoria
Creative Lab Museums Victoria – Photo: Eugene Hyland

5. Lightning Room Shows

Take a seat in our Lightning Room and be mesmerised by The Glow Show, a stunning 30-minute live science show, focused on the fascinating processes behind luminosity, including the many ways a glow can be produced. 

Lightning Room Shows, 21 December 2023 – 29 January 2024 | Daily | 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm | $10 entry / $8 Museum Members

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6. Pumping Station Tours

Walk through the incredible Spotswood Pumping Station with a tour guide and learn all about this engineering feat that helped remove the smell from this city. 

You’ll walk through the boiler room and learn about the effort it took to build the massive network of pipe tunnels. 

See the straining wells where new workers got used to the stench by cleaning rubbish off the strainers and even see how an engineer would power up a 100-year-old pumping engine.

Pumping Station Tours, 21 December 2023 – 29 January 2024 | Daily | 11:00am | Included with Scienceworks entry

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7. Collection Store Tours

Take an exclusive look behind the scenes with a tour of the Scienceworks Collection Store. 

Get a glimpse of some of the rare 40,000 collection items stored at Scienceworks, and hear some amazing stories belonging to these unique objects. 

Collection Store Tours, 21 December 2023 – 29 January 2024 | Daily | 12:00pm and 2:00pm | Includes Scienceworks entry

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This sponsored post has been published in collaboration with Museums Victoria. It also contains affiliate links. If you order using the links there is no extra cost to you and I earn a small commission that helps me to provide valuable and useful information for you! Thanks in advance – Joyce

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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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