Scienceworks is one of the five museums that is Museum Victoria and has been a place of wonder for so many for almost 25 years. A place where you learn as you interact with a range of science ideas and everyday objects.
How many of you as children begged your parents to take you to Scienceworks so you could race Cathy Freeman or watch the sky come alive in the Melbourne Planetarium? How many of you spent hours building the wall in the Nitty Gritty Super City pulling up the pulleys and wheeling the foam bricks around?
Now how many of you borrow a niece or nephew, or maybe the next-door neighbour’s kids, just to have an excuse to go back to Scienceworks and relive those moments? Just quietly, I don’t think you are alone…
Have you noticed lately though, that there are more and more events at Museum Victoria that are aimed just for adults? There are discos with dinosaurs. Dr Tanya Hill of the Melbourne Planetarium has been giving her astronomy lectures for years, but now you can take your loved one on a date to the Planetarium for Valentine’s Day. There are Smart Bars where you can talk to the scientists over a nice glass of wine and this year they celebrated Yuri’s Night with 300 other space enthusiasts. (Yuri Gagarin was the first person to go into space in 1961 and is celebrated every year on the 12th April). Plus you get to see the museums at night, which is always just a little bit different. (Are you hoping that the exhibits will come alive too?)
So in keeping with the new museum tradition (because we hope it will become a long standing one) AstroLight will cater to ALL age groups, kids of all sizes and interests of all levels. We will have kids activities and adult stalls (but go to both as everyone will get something out of it). We will have small telescopes to look through and BIG ones you need a stepladder for. We will have talks and shows that cover the basic science and talks and debates that will delve deep into astronomy and light. But most of all, we promise something for everyone from age 3 to 103!
See the official Scienceworks What’s On page for further details and ticket sales. Tickets are limited, so get in quick!