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Updated on March 15, 2015

Tien meets the Dinosaurs

I love school holiday programs! Although my grandson, Tien, won't start school for a while yet, we enjoy all the available activities for kids.

Both of us are fans of Scienceworks, with the themed exhibitions, interactive scientific displays and all the hands-on activities.

Off we went to explore the Dinosaur exhibition at Scienceworks and I'm not sure which one of us enjoyed our day out more,


Science works Museum
Science works Museum

Science works is part of the Melbourne Museum

Scienceworks is an adjunct of The Melbourne Museum, and it's designed specifically for kids to dothings. This old industrial complex is home to -

The Planetarium - Absolutely stunning images of outer space with awesome special effects.

The Lightning Room - We lightning is formed and what happens when it strikes. (Electrifying).

Sportsworks - Hands-on and body-in experiences, the ultimate sporting challenge.

House Secrets -The science behind all familiar things in our home, the food we eat, the appliances we use. (I must scrub my sink!).

Nitty Gritty Super City - Where 3- to 8 year olds create in the construction zone, record their own weather report, steer a ship, explore a recycling factory and much more.

Tien waiting for the train
Tien waiting for the train

Getting there by Train

Getting to Scienceworks is easy by train. I'm only a five minute walk from the station and the journey into the city doesn't take much longer than that.

From Southern Cross Station we took the Werribee line to Spotswood, crossing over the Maribynong to reach the industrial area of Melbourne.

Tien (little TeeTee) was excited just to wait for the train!

Applause from Tien
Applause from Tien

We saw a wonderful performance

A free show is running at various times throughout the day in the ampitheatre.

The performers were just wonderful, corny gags, a bit of buffoonery, with the children participating in the act and learning about dinosaurs at the same time.

Tee Tee enjoyed it so much his little hands became quite red from clapping so much and so strenuously.

Highlights of a Day at Scienceworks

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He enjoyed the show!This dinosaur moves aroundDinosaur hatchlingsHe loved the interactive display tooPerhaps he loved the playground best of all
He enjoyed the show!
He enjoyed the show!
This dinosaur moves around
This dinosaur moves around
Dinosaur hatchlings
Dinosaur hatchlings
He loved the interactive display too
He loved the interactive display too
Perhaps he loved the playground best of all
Perhaps he loved the playground best of all

Scienceworks is well worth the visit!

Do yourself a favour and take the kids along to Scienceworks. It's Open daily 10am - 4:30pm, except for Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Entry Fees : Adult $10, The entry is free for concession card holders and children up to 16 years.

During the Spring holidays at Scienceworks you can explore how your brain creates your reality. Suspend your disbelief in a free live show, make your own visual illusion, and conduct experiments that investigate how we make sense of the world!

I advise you to eat before you go, fill the kids up and have a bite yourself. The cafe is far too expensive. Bring your own lunch!

A markerScienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood VIC Australia -
Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood VIC Australia
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How about you?

Have you ever been to a Museum which caters to Children as well as Adults??

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All comments are greatly appreciated. You don't have to be a dinosaur to leave yours

© 2011 Susanna Duffy

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      Ontario has its own version of your Science Works. The Toronto one is called Ontario Science Centre. It's been a while since my son and I were there, but it does cater to kids as well as adults.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      Museums are fun and informative places to visit. Thank you for sharing yours.