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Backyard Science October School Holidays Wollongong

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October School Holidays Science Space Wollongong

The wonderful world of minibeasts!

These school holidays we are traveling from Space back down to Earth and heading into our own backyards. The living world around us on Earth is truly magnificent. 

Did you know, about 97% of creatures on Earth are invertebrates, also affectionately known as MINIBEASTS and without them, we would not be able to survive.  They help to pollinate plants, recycle waste material, provide food for other creatures such as birds and reptiles and much, much more.**

Come along to Science Space this October and you can explore the secret lives of MINIBEASTS! We will explore Bees, Butterflies, Stick Insects and a whole lot more. 

You will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures, while also learning about the plentiful plant life in our region. In addition to our living creature feature (see what we did there?!), we will be exploring our earthen friends, plants and flowers! 

If creatures aren’t your thing, rest assured we have heaps on for all the budding botanists out there. We will have a live plant hunt, with the opportunity to examine your findings under our microscopes! You can then catalogue your findings and press your plant into you own badge! But wait, there’s more! We are also doing a special build your own terrarium station so you can take your own creation home and watch it grow.

This is hands-on science for everybody. So grab your bug nets and your sense of adventure and we will see you soon!

 

ALL ACTIVITIES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND HAVE SPECIAL TIMINGS ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR AVAILABILITY. PLEASE READ FINE PRINT TO PLAN YOUR VISIT AND VIEW OUR ACTIVITY GUIDE BELOW

LIVING CREATURE FEATURE

  • **Beautiful Butterfly Experience** – Love butterflies? Who doesn’t!? As the hero of our Backyard Science feature, we are bringing in a beautiful butterfly house to you. During this timed experience, your child will be able to feed real butterflies and learn from our butterfly handlers. (Only available 1 October – 3 October!)
  • Creepy Crawlies Museum – If beauty isn’t your thing, our creepy crawlies museum might do the trick! We have curated a special Creepy Crawlies Museum, where your child can peruse a number of creepy, kooky and crazy minibeast skeletons and preserved specimens.
  • Stick Insects Encounter – Get friendly with one of our resident Phasmids (Stick Insects). We have been cultivating an amazing community of Phasmids at Science Space and we are finally ready to share them with the public. Come visit us during the Backyard Science feature and you and your child will be able to see up close one of our spiny friends.
  • Creature Building – Design your own minibeast during this hands-on STEM activity. Your mini-scientist will be creating and naming a NEW species of minibeast using nothing but their imagination and the materials provided. This is a drop-in activity.
  • Eat a Bug Challenge – You can look, you can touch, but can you TASTE? Only the brave will enjoy our bug tasting challenge, featured as part of our roving floor entertainment.
  • Un-Bee-lievable Bees! – Come visit our beehive and learn how bees communicate with each other! Can you tell another bee where the best pollen is?


BUDDING BOTANISTS

  • Nature Scavenger Hunt – Mini botanists, join us on an exploration of Science Space grounds (inside and outside) as we examine plants and minibeasts and their origins.
  • Terrarium Building – get your hands dirty as we explore how to create your own terrarium using up-cycled and donated materials.
  • Microscope Investigation – During the Nature Scavenger Hunt, participants will be able to utilise some of our microscope devices to investigate their findings like a true botanist.

 

PLUS ROAMING FLOOR BUSKING ACTIVITIES

  • Augmented reality – Like the thought of holding something creepy, but too scared? No worries! Find one of our friendly floor staff who will augment your creepy crawlie experience using our ipads and your imagination
  • Green Screen Supersized Creature Party – capture a selfie with your favourite minibeast at our popular green screen!

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

WEEK 1STEM ZONE DROP-IN ACTIVITIES – We will be running a number of special, free drop- in activities in our NEW STEM Zone upstairs, be sure to check our what’s on offer. 

WEEK 2 – *SOLD OUT* SPACE CAMPS – Back by popular demand we are re-running our four most popular Space Camps! 

 

FINE PRINT – ACTIVITY GUIDE

MONDAY
Open 10am-4pm
TUESDAY
Open 10am-4pm
WEDNESDAY
Open 10am-4pm
THURSDAY
Open 10am-4pm
FRIDAY
Open 10am-4pm
SATURDAY
Open 9am-4pm
SUNDAY
Open 9am-4pm
28 Sept

  • Drop-in STEM Zone Activities (11-2pm)
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities
29 Sept

  • Drop-in STEM Zone Activities (11-2pm)
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities
30 Sept 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct
  • Drop-in STEM Zone Activities (11-2pm)
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities
  • **Butterfly Experience!** (11am-2pm)
  • Drop-in STEM Zone Activities (11-2pm)
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities
  • **Butterfly Experience!** (11am-2pm)
  • Drop-in STEM Zone Activities (11-2pm)
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities
  • **Butterfly Experience!** (11am-2pm)
  • Drop-in STEM Zone Activities (11-2pm)
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities
  • Drop-in STEM Zone Activities (11-2pm)
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities
  • Drop-in STEM Zone Activities (11-2pm)
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities
  • Drop-in STEM Zone Activities (11-2pm)
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities
7 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct
  • Drop-in STEM Zone Activities (11-2pm)
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities
  • SPACE CAMPS
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities

 

 

 

  • SPACE CAMPS
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities

 

 

 

  • SPACE CAMPS
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities

 

 

 

  • SPACE CAMPS
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities

 

  • Drop-in STEM Zone Activities (11-2pm)
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities
  • Drop-in STEM Zone Activities (11-2pm)
  • Creepy Crawlie Museum (11-2pm)
  • Worm Farm visits
  • Green Screen (11-2pm)
  • Roaming floor activities

 

 

 

 

**Butterfly Experience!** The butterfly experience is available free of charge from Tuesday October 1 – Thursday October 3 between 11am and 2pm. This experience is free, but must be booked in advance and experience places will be given on a first come first serve basis. The experience allows up to 10 children to be immersed amongst and feed butterflies for up to 5 minutes.

*Exact timings and availability are subject to change depending on staff availability on the day. Please call the centre on your planned visit date to check activities.