The Sciencentre for Toddlers | South Bank
PLEASE NOTE: The Sciencentre is undergoing a multi-million dollar redevelopment, and will close its doors on Sunday 3rd December 2017. The new Sciencentre is set to reopen in mid 2018. Stay tuned for updates!
Sunday 3rd December 2017 – Last day to experience the famous Action Stations and Body Zone section of the Sciencentre before it closes permanently.
Wednesday 6th December 2017 – The Museum Plaza Entry (facing Melbourne Street) on Level 1 will also close and not open again until March 2018. Normal museum entry will be via the dinosaur garden on Level 0 on Grey Street or Level 2 from the Whale Mall.
Sunday 21 January 2018 – Perception Deception, the travelling exhibition from Questacon will be closed temporarily. All areas of Level 1 will be closed.
You can also keep up to date on the development by visiting Queensland Museum website, and social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram.
Fun for toddlers at the Sciencentre
Attached to the Queensland Museum at South Bank is the Sciencentre. It’s a fantastic destination for families, with many displays that allow visitors to get hands-on and experience science at work. The Sciencentre is also the perfect place to introduce your toddler to science in an enjoyable and immersive environment.
The permanent exhibits at the Sciencentre can bring a lot of enjoyment to children of all ages, especially toddlers. Even though several of the concepts on display may be slightly too advanced for a child of two or three to fully appreciate and learn from, the displays themselves are very interactive and encourage youngsters to get in there and have a go. My three year old especially loved the wave cylinder, spending ages manipulating the cylinder to see the waves form, and the geometric tile table, taking particular time making patterns with the tiles.
Another popular area of the Sciencentre for all ages to explore is the optical illusions corner. Both of my Brisbane Kids absolutely loved seeing each other’s heads on a platter and sitting at the giant table where they appeared as even tinier humans. The running track and ball toss, often rowdy, are irresistible to Brisbane Kids keen to beat their friend’s fastest speeds.
Accessibility for toddlers
Almost all of the permanent exhibits at the Sciencentre are set up to be accessed by children and adults of all ages. Tables are set at heights viewable by children as young as two and there are many solid cubes scattered throughout the space to be used as seating or to kneel or stand upon. It’s a definite plus that children can touch, feel and play with every one of the displays. The interactivity factor will keep younger children entertained for hours, perhaps even learning something through their experimenting.
Special needs considerations
All aspects of the Sciencentre are accessible by wheelchair or pram, with lifts giving access from the carparks to the Queensland Museum, then another set of lifts taking you down to the Sciencentre. Wheelchair accessible toilets are located within the Sciencentre, as well as within the Queensland Museum. Space for wheelchairs and prams is set aside at all of the public programs, including lectures, workshops, shows and activities.
The Sciencentre entrance is situated on the 1st floor of the Queensland Museum building at South Bank. Tickets to the Sciencentre must be purchased from the main Queensland Museum ticket office on the 2nd floor.
Please visit http://www.sciencentre.qm.qld.gov.au/ for more information.