10 things you must see at the World Science Festival Brisbane

The World Science Festival Brisbane 2021 will be held from 24 – 28 March, and the program has been released with many free and ticketed events that Brisbane Kids, big and small, will love. 

Brisbane is the only Australian city to be hosting the World Science Festival, exclusively offering five days of discovery, exploration and entertainment for Brisbane families.

With a range of free, online, livestreamed and ticketed events, including the opportunity for kids to interact with the world’s leading scientists, here are 10 festival highlights you won’t want to miss:

1. The Hatchery: Turtle Conservation Experience **SOLD OUT**

little girl watching turtles swimming at The Hatchery

When: 24 – 28 March with multiple sessions available from 9am – 4pm most days

Where: Queensland Museum, South Bank

Tickets:  This event is free but tickets are required. There are limited tickets available this year due to social distancing requirements, however, if you miss out on tickets, this year The Hatchery will be livestreamed 24-7. Find tickets here 

The popular (and free!) hatchery program of past years returns with more eggs and more turtles! Brisbane Kids can watch as Loggerhead Turtle hatch-lings break free from their shells and take their first breath of air. In 2021 The Hatchery will be joined by the Microplastics and Environmental Health research group at UQ who will deliver daily activities and displays showcasing microplastics and the effect of plastic pollutions to these special and endearing marine animals.

Don’t miss out on the excitement of The Hatchery – check out our video below!

At the close of the exhibition, the newborn turtles will be transported to the Sunshine Coast and released 20 km offshore. 

For more information click here.

2. City of Science

World Science Festival Brisbane

When: 25 – 28 March

Where: Various Brisbane City locations from South Bank and Brisbane City Mall, to Mt Coot-tha, the Valley and West End.

Tickets: not required

This March Brisbane will be the City of Science in a city-wide, free four-day science extravaganza as the festival steps out of its usual footprint and takes science to the streets. In a non-stop, action-packed program including hands-on workshops, science storytelling, experiments and big bangs, City of Science will provide fun events the whole family will enjoy!

For more information click here.

3. Big Bangaboom

boy doing science experiment

When: 27 March, 2pm 

Where: The Nucleus, near the entrance to the Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane.

Tickets: not required this is a free event, however, arrive early as there is limited capacity

In this Science show, all rules are broken. Hands will be set of fire, explosions will rock the building, water coolers will become subversive volcanoes and mega soap explosions will cleanse any preconceptions of what science can be. This is raw science, science to savour and a sight to see!

For more information click here.

4. Night Adventures

possum in tree

When: 27 March, 6.30pm

Where: Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Tickets: Tickets are free, but bookings are required here 

Enjoy a guided night-walk with staff from Brisbane City Council’s Environment Centres and discover the wonders of the Botanic Gardens after dark! Prior to the night-walk meet some live native animals usually found in the bush and even in our backyards. Children will have an opportunity to get up close and personal while learning about native animals and more with a wildlife expert.

For more information click here.

5. A Night at the Museum

When: 26 March from 5.30pm – 9pm

Where: Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, South Brisbane

Tickets: from $15 per person

Bring your Brisbane Kids along to the Queensland Museum after it closed to the public for a special night of museum fun! The night will not only include access to the museum exhibits after it closes, but there will be lots of hands on activities, demonstrations and pop-up shows. Your ticket will also include entry into the new exhibition, Sea Monsters, Sparklab and access to see the baby turtles in the Hatchery on the night. Plus Dr Karl will be in the house to answer all your questions!

For more information and to purchase tickets  click here.

6. Science Lunch with Dr Karl

When: 26 March 

Where: Queen Street Mall, 12pm – 1pm

Tickets: not required this is a free event.

Dr Karl, Australia’s favourite science guru, is returning to the World Science Festival Brisbane 2021 appearing at Queen Street Mall to answer Brisbane Kids questions! Australia’s most loved scientist will be on hand to answer your burning questions about life, the universe and… anything really. Bring a sandwich and a question (and maybe one of his books if you’d like it signed).

For more information click here.

7. Spiders Fun

When: 26 March. 3.30pm and 4.30pm

Where: Wynnum Library

Tickets: Tickets are free, but bookings are required here 

Why are spiders so special? Dr Robert Raven, Queensland Museum Arachnologist (that’s a spider expert!) will be on hand to tell you all about his hairy 8-legged friends. You also get to create your own spider from Lego.

For more information click here.

8. Frog Fun Workshop

green tree frog

When: 27 March, 12pm

Where: Sustainability centre, Bulimba Creek Catchment

Tickets: free but bookings are required here 

RIBBIT! Join in this interactive workshop where Brisbane Kids can explore the pond and discover the world of frogs!

For more information click here.

9. The Crazy World of Dinosaurs

dinosaur bones

When: 27  March, 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm

Where: Garden City Library

Tickets: free but bookings are required here 

Do you love dinosaurs? The World Science Festival Brisbane is hosting The Crazy World of Dinosaurs Workshop as part of their 2021 Festival program. Dig for fossils and learn about prehistoric creatures! Join in, have fun and ‘dig’ a little deeper with Queensland Museum Palaeontologist Dr Scott Hocknull. Don’t forget to bring your best dinosaur questions for Scott.

For more information  click here. 

10. Gross Science

When: 28 March, 12pm

Where: Queen Street Mall

Tickets:  not required this is a free event

Slime, ooze, goop. Most children (and a good chunk of adults) are fascinated by gross stuff, and they are even more fascinated by the science behind all that grossness. Join the team from Lab Kids as they put on a science show that is dedicated to all things icky. It’s gonna be gross!

For more information click here.

For more information about the World Science Festival, including the schedule of events, please visit their website.

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