April School Holiday Program | Early Start Discovery Space
This April we’re calling all working and problem-solving minds to come get creative as you tinker together to build your way through the school holidays.
From catapults, kites and cars, to coding your parent we offer both free and paid programs to help keep the creative juices flowing and the idle hands at work these April holidays. We’ll also be celebrating Easter with lots of fun activities such as Easter Hat making and an Easter Egg Hunt and even a glimpse of the Easter Bunny!
The fun begins Tuesday 11 April running till Sunday 23 April. (Closed Mondays & over the Easter break).
- Ticket pre-purchase is essential. Places are not confirmed until the tickets are paid for and you receive a confirmation email. Tickets are not refundable unless 48 hours notice is given.
- Places are limited so secure your spot so you don’t miss out.
- An adult MUST accompany a child/children attending a school holiday workshop.
- Costs for any paid workshops are additional to Discovery Space entry or membership fees and assist in covering the cost of materials
- Our opening hours throughout April are: Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm. (Closed Mondays).
- Our regular scheduled Arts & Craft activities, and Story Time sessions will be running daily (these do not require bookings). Check at the front desk when you arrive to see what is on.
PAID WORKSHOPS – PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED
Make a safe enclosure to keep your Easter eggs safe. Working in teams, and only using the provided material, children will design and create an inventive way to secure your egg from being smashed when dropped from a height.
NB: This workshop will involve using Chocolate Eggs, if your child has an allergy to chocolate or you do not wish your child to consume chocolate, we do not recommend or advise participating in this workshop.
BOOK NOW! 10am, Tuesday 11 April & 10am, Thursday 13 April
Make a beautiful table decoration this Easter with your very own hand blown marble egg. Get ready to get messy. Then get your origami on to create a beautiful box to keep your egg safe.
This workshop is suitable for younger children, providing assistance is available from their accompanying adult.
NB: This workshop will involve using (touching) raw eggs, if your child has an allergy to eggs it is not recommended or advised that they participate. Paint smocks will be on hand but we recommend old clothes be worn as they could get covered in egg and/or dye.
BOOK NOW! 10am, Tuesday 12 April
Put your visual art skills to the test as you create a beautiful fish and construct a working fishing rod to ensure you get your catch of the day.
BOOK NOW! 10am, Tuesday 18 April
Put your creative skills to use as you construct your very own kite. Wool weaving, gluing, and decorating all made from a plastic bag.
BOOK NOW! 10am, Wednesday 19 April & Saturday 22 April
Bubbles and Balloons Show
Come watch one of the Science Centre’s most popular shows. Find out what bubbles and balloons are made of, learn why bubbles are so stretchy and lazy, compete in a balloon race and watch us put a brave volunteer inside a giant bubble.
BOOK NOW! 10am, Thursday 20 April
Machines, Catapulting and Fun!
Join our very own Discovery Guide volunteer Barry, along with help from our resident skeleton friend, SkeleTony, as we learn how our bodies are like machines. Move like a machine to help build a wall, before constructing a catapult to knock it down. Each participant will create their own catapult to take home.
BOOK NOW! 10am, Friday 21 April
Team up with your accompanying adult to build a balloon-powered vehicle. Use your imagination and a range of lids, bottles, straws and other household materials to make your car go fast and far!
BOOK NOW! 10am, Sunday 23 April
FREE WORKSHOPS – NO BOOKING REQUIRED
Story time: We will read a range of Easter and construction stories each day at 10.30am and 1pm
Public Programs: We’re looking at all things mechanical and welcome you to participate in our free public programs each day
Easter Egg Hunt:
Come search in our garden for our colourful Easter egg cards. At the end of the hunt each child will be entitled to receive a small Easter egg for their troubles. 11am on Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13th April.
Easter Hat Parade:
Make your own hat in creARTivity during the day, or bring one from home to wear as we parade around the Space admiring everyone’s creative efforts. 1.30pm on Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13th April.
Discover how you can transform your body into marvellous machines. Work together in teams to transform into every day and imaginary machines which run like clockwork. This activity will involve creative thinking while incorporating drama and music. 11am on Tuesday 18, Thursday 20 & Saturday 22 April. 1.30pm on Wednesday 19, Friday 21 & Sunday 23 April.
Code a Human:
If you’ve ever wanted to own your own robot or to tell your parents what to do now is your chance. Using coding cards, visitors will be able to develop a sequence for someone to follow and complete. Make them wriggle, jump or crawl through a tunnel, just be sure the sequence is in order. 11am on Wednesday 19, Friday 21 & Sunday 23 April.
Craft: We’ve got a range of Easter and machine crafts to keep you occupied each day at 11.30am and 2pm
Make your own pop up and cracking egg card to give to someone special this Easter
Create some beautiful egg shape masterpieces to help decorate your room this Easter
Square, triangle, rectangle, circle; find the shapes and put them together to create a mode of transport. Is it a truck, a train, a car or a ute. What other vehicles can you create?
Become an inventor to construct your own robot. Will they have two eye, three eyes or none. How many arms and buttons do they need? Will they have special skills to help you out every day? You decide.