National Science Week is well under way but there are still plenty of events for every little scientist in your household. Check out our top picks during National Science Week in your city;

SYDNEY

  • As part of the Sydney Science Festival, Taronga Zoo Sydney invites all children to visit, free of charge* from the 04/08/2018 until 19/08/2018. Your budding conservationist can enjoy a full day at Taronga Zoo Sydney to experience first-hand, conservation science in action.
  • Head to Centennial Parklands on Saturday 18th August for Science in the Swamp where scientists will show you what amazing superpowers you find in nature. Super sight, super hearing, super strength and camouflage are only some of the capabilities you will discover. The incredible roving Dinosaur will be coming back as well and show you a bit of pre-historic fauna.
  • Sydney Science Festival is in full swing around Sydney running until Sunday 19 August, the Festival’s astronomical 2018 program is packed with fantastic FREE events for the whole family. Free highlights include The Indigenous Science Experience Family Fun Day celebrating Indigenous and Western science; and The Innovation Games at Sydney Olympic Park, showcasing new ways to catch science in action, with skaters shredding their stuff on the half-pipe, flying simulators, and more.

MELBOURNE

  • This year at Melbourne Museum it’s all about palaeontology! Meet palaeontologists, touch real fossils, bring in your specimens for identification by an expert, and see fossils bought out of the collection especially for this event! The weekend will include expert lectures in the Theatre, fossil id lab in the Science and Life galleries, dinosaur themed story time in the Children’s Gallery, Museum Playdates: Dinosaurs and a Hello Museum Disco with No Lights No Lycra.
  • Get ready for a hive of activity at Scienceworks during National Science Week! Join visiting NASA scientists for Planet Hunters, a special adults’ evening about the Cassini and Kepler missions and future space exploration. The week will also include Weekend Workshops for families and adults and plenty of Planetarium and Lightning Room shows!
  • Go Girl Go for IT is a free innovative and interactive showcase for girls between Years 5-12 at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus on Thursday 16 August. The day is filled with workshops and presentations from a vast range of people within the technology industry. Don’t miss out!

BRISBANE

  • In celebration of National Science Week, the Queensland Museum, in partnership with Griffith University, will host the Big Red Science Box. Visit the Big Red Science Box between 10am-3pm daily for hands-on science fun from Griffith University, C&K Early Learning and other World Science Festival Brisbane partners.
  • Goodnight at the Museum:  Join us this National Science Week 2018 for a whacky and wild sleepover at Queensland Museum! Bring your sleeping bag, pillows and excitement, and get ready to explore the entire Museum including hands-on activities, torchlight tours, pop-up shows and a family trail version of Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibition.
  • Take a tour of The Workshops Rail Museum’s STEM Stations. Have fun learning with free, hands-on engineering activities for visiting schools during National Science Week. Explore principles of science, mathematics, engineering and technology as you take up each challenge.

ADELAIDE

  • When Colonel William Light designed the streets of Adelaide, it was an innovative and forward looking city plan. Visit the Centre of Democracy for a hands-on activity, and help us imagine what our future city might be.
  • ‘Kids Navigate Neuroscience’ at the University of Adelaide, will explore how the brain works in a fun and hands-on way by participating in a series of interactive neuroscience exhibits. At each station, children (aged 4-10 years) can collect a stamp in their “Passport to the Brain” and work towards becoming an official “Brain in Training.”
  • ‘Science in Action: From How to Bounce Raw Eggs to Extracting Human DNA’ at Adelaide Zoo will demonstrate how science is used in forensic cases to solve crimes.

PERTH

  • Build-a-Bug at the Western Australian Museum’s Discovery Zone in the State Library, Perth. Learn how the anatomy of an insect affects its abilities and relationship to its environment by designing your very own insect.
  • Join experts at the City of Perth Library who will provide a range of theory and practice learning experiences around insects and how we go about describing them, why we describe them and how these experts came to the careers they enjoy.
  • The Perth Science Festival is back showcasing science, technology, engineering and maths organisations from across the state, with over 50 hands-on activities, live science shows, science merchandise and more.

NEWCASTLE

  • Discover how plants work at the Hunter Botanic Gardens during Science Week. The Display has been organised by long-term volunteer, Kevin McDonald, retired senior lecturer in biological sciences at the University of Newcastle, and will emphasise BOTANY as a science.
  • Get up close to reptiles, build and race a solar car, climb aboard a garbage truck and heaps more for all ages at the free Hunter Science Festival this Sunday 19 August from 10am to 2pm at Newcastle Museum.
  • As a very special National Science Week treat, MiniSparx will be inviting BigSparx – that’s you sparky mum, dad, aunty, grandpa, or friend – to join in on all the STEM related antics! For the very first time, parents and carers are invited to take part in the engineering and robotics workshops alongside their bright Minisparx kids.