10 things you must see at the World Science Festival Brisbane

World Science Festival Brisbane 2017


The World Science Festival Brisbane 2020 will be held from 25 – 29 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 and ticketed events, including the opportunity for kids to interact with the world’s leading scientists, here’s 10 festival highlights you won’t want to miss:

1. The Hatchery: Turtle Conservation Experience

World Science Festival Brisbane 2017

When: 25 – 29 March with multiple sessions available from 9am – 4pm most days

Where: Queensland Museum, South Bank

Tickets:  This events is free but tickets are required. Find tickets here 

The popular (and free!) hatchery program of past years returns with more eggs and more turtles! Under the supervision of Queensland Museum’s Reptile Curator Patrick Couper, Brisbane Kids can watch as Loggerhead Turtle hatch-lings break free from their shells and take their first breath of air.

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

robot greeting kids at science festival south bank

When: 26 & 27 March from 10am – 4pm and 28 & 29 March from 9am

Where: Queensland Cultural Centre, South Bank

Tickets: not required

This amazing free event takes place over 4 days,  and includes hands-on activities, exhibition, shows and experiments. Expect a variety of activities available for kids and kids at heart to engage in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) plus live shows at The Osmosis Stage on Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information click here.

3. Megafauna

megafauna, dead puppet society

When: 28 & 29 March at various times

Where: Whale Mall, Queensland Museum, South Bank

Tickets: not required 

Three visitors from a forgotten time have returned to find a forest of concrete and steel. As they make their way through the altered landscape, these gentle giants remind us of the effect we have had on the creatures who share our island. Performed and created by Dead Puppet Society, see the amazing artistry of puppeteering at this year’s City of Science.

For more information click here.

4. Star Gazing

World Science Festival Brisbane 2017

When: 28 November from 6.30pm – 9pm.

Where: The Workshops Rail Museum , North Ipswich 

Tickets: required . Tickets are free and allow Brisbane Kids and their families access the stargazing for one of two sessions.

Star gazing will form part of the program agin this year in Ipswich, however, it won’t take place until November in Ipswich.  Brisbane Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for you to explore and identify the stars to unlock the secrets of our observable universe. This is the perfect opportunity to switch off and explore the natural luminosity of Ipswich’s beautiful night sky. 

For more information click here.

5. A Night at the Museum


When: 28 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, Spiders- The Exhibition , Sparklab and access to see the baby turtles in the Hatchery on the night.

For more information and to purchase tickets  click here.

6. Dr Karl

World Science Festival Brisbane 2017

When: 27 and  28 March 

Where: Dr Karl will be hosting shows at QPAC 

Tickets: from $10 per person

Dr Karl, Australia’s favourite science guru, is returning to the World Science Festival Brisbane 2020 and will take his audience on a crazy ride that will make everyone laugh, learn and get excited about science. Dr Karl is hosting a total of three shows in Brisbane throughout the Festival period at various locations. All shows are a ticketed event.

For more information click here.

7. Earth Hour Concert

When: 28 March 8.30pm

Where: Queensland Cultural Centre, South Brisbane

Tickets: not required – FREE event

Celebrate Earth Hour at City of Science with a stunning 250-voice mass choir singing about science and our increasing impact on the environment. The choir will perform on the steps of Queensland Museum from 8.30pm. Conducted by Emma Dean leading singers from Cheep Trill, Soul Song Brisbane, Centenary SHS Jazz Choir, QUT Vox Pop and Eco Tones will take you on an inspiring journey of song all powered by the sun.

For more information click here.

8. Queensland Museum free events

Mammals World Science Festival 2019, wombat, possum


When: 25 – 29 March between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Where: Queensland Museum, South Brisbane

Tickets: not required

In addition to The Hatchery, the Queensland Museum is running a number of other free activities for kids, including Insects, Science Drawing Room and Paleontology. 

For more information click here.

9. Palaeontology

paleontology qld museum, dinosaur bones

When: 28 & 29  March 2019 , from 9.30am

Where: Queensland Museum and Sciencentre

Tickets: not required

Queensland Museum has one of the world’s best collections of fossils and some of the most special items will be on display just for World Science Festival Brisbane! Travel back in time with Queensland Museum palaeontologist’s as they showcase some extraordinary specimens just for you!

For more information  click here. 

10. Insects

insects qld museum, bugs


When: 27 March, from 9.30am

Where: Queensland Museum and Sciencentre

Tickets:  not required

Go behind the scenes of keeping a beautiful insect collection and share some secrets about a bug’s life. Queensland Museum entomology team will showcase some of the most brilliant specimens in their collection. Immerse yourself in the colourful world of bugs.

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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