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SparkLab Science Centre

by Sally Foster (follow)
Interactive Fun For All Ages

If you are looking for an incredible activity to do with your kids, then SparkLab Science Centre is the perfect day out. Educational and fun, it blew me away with how much my four year son had.

Located on the bottom level of the Queensland Museum in South Brisbane, Spark Lab has an ever changing host of activities within an interactive science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) space. And although the website says 6 years and up, my four year old was definitely old enough to enjoy and partake in the set ups.

SparkLab has interactive exhibits across three zones which allows kids (and adults!) to discover how STEM affects your everyday world. There are live experiments at the Science Bar and kids can get hands on at the Maker Space, designing and creating a solution to a challenging question.

My favourite thing at SparkLab was the huge rotating globe with an attached Ipad which changes into the different planets and looks so realistic. There are people who work there interacting with kids and showing everyone how the different exhibits work and answering questions.

My two year old also loved the paper plane activity where you can build and hold up a paper plane above a wind tunnel and watch it fly. There are so many activities for different ages.

Tickets to SparkLab are $15.50 for adults, $12.50 for kids , with children under two free, and need to be booked online beforehand in case sessions are full due to COVID safe guidelines.

SparkLab is open daily from 9:40am to 4pm with session times at:

Morning sessions (all morning sessions end at 12:30pm) 9:40am, 10:30am, 11:00am and 11:30am

Afternoon sessions (all afternoon sessions end at 4pm) 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm and 3:00pm

Next rainy day, be sure to check out SparkLab, for a few hours of fun. Then head upstairs to the museum to see the dinosaurs! The museum is free and you can easily spend another few hours there.

To get to SparkLab, there is ample parking at the Cultural Precinct, from $17 per day, or you can catch the bus or train which is very close by. We always get lucky with street parking though a few blocks away which is free for 3 hours on the weekend. So its worth trying to find that first if you want to save some money.

What other educational places are there in Brisbane to check out? Please let us know in the comments!

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