Feeling the pinch? Yep, the cost of living crisis is brutal right now. But don’t let that stand in the way of the kids experiencing the wonder that is World Science Festival Brisbane (WSFB)! This year there are loads of FREE activities for kids at WSFB.
Over the weekend of 25-26 March, South Bank will explode with plenty of fun, hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy. Covering topics such as environmental science, geoscience, biology and technology, all activities are free, drop in and non-ticketed.
Free activities for kids at World Science Festival Brisbane
9.30am – 3.30pm | Saturday 25 March & Sunday 26 March | Rainforest Green, South Bank Parklands | FREE, non-ticketed
Hosted by Dr Andrew Stephenson, the stage at South Bank Parklands Rainforest green will featuring six stage shows throughout the day. Each featuring some of the funniest, smartest and coolest scientists.
Dr Andrew Stephenson is a physicist turned science presenter and will host the City of Science Stage at Rainforest Green, South Bank Parklands. He will bring you FREE servings of science-y entertainment to surprise and delight throughout the day.
The line-up of 6 stage shows throughout the day includes:
- Big Bang Education:
Bright. Loud. Exciting. Educational. It’s science with a bang! The Big Bang Science Show explores phenomena such as forces, air pressure, states of matter and more. Bringing science alive with a mix of memorable science demonstrations and engaging, easy-to-understand explanations.
- Bushfoods cooking demonstration with Aunty Dale and Chef Chris
Engage your senses of sight, sound, taste, smell as well as spiritual connection with a cooking demonstration presented by Aunty Dale Chapman from My Dilly Bag and Chef Chris Jordan from Three Little Birds catering.
- Fizo, the Mobile Robot Dog demonstration
Meet Fizo the Robot Dog – University of Southern Queensland’s four-legged best friend. You will get to see him perform several tricks, manoeuvre over difficult terrain, pick up things with his new robot arm. Explore the state-of-the-art Mechatronics engineering that brings Fizo to life.
- Water Warriors, Presented by Urban Utilities
The energetic and passionate Water Warriors (presented by Urban Utilities) will take to the stage to educate kids and families about are the Urban Water Cycle and water sustainability via puppetry, song, dance.
- UQ Demo Troupe
Ever thought about putting your hand in liquid nitrogen at 200 degrees below zero? What about making objects levitate? Or maybe taking a nap on the infamous Bed of Nails?! These are just some of the death defying science stunts you’ll see from the nationally acclaimed UQ Science Demo Troupe!
- Science of Cycling presented by AusCycling and the Brisbane Cycling Festival
Science of Cycling provides an overview of how physics, biomechanics, physiology, mental performance & psychology, skill acquisition and digital simulations all co-exist to allow improvements and excellence in sports performance.
8.30am – 5pm Saturday 25 March | 8.30am – 4pm Sunday 26 March | South Bank Piazza, South Bank Parklands | FREE, non-ticketed
There will be 20 tents and stations throughout South Bank Piazza to explore, with activities including:
- Send your Name to Space with Griffith University
Mission Platypus is about to launch! Your name will be part of the mission loaded onto the hardware of the CubeSat satellite. This 10cm3 satellite will travel about 400 kilometres above the Earth after being deployed by one of Gilmour Space’s Eris rockets.
- UQ’s Junior Scientist Hub
Visit the University of Queensland (UQ)’s Junior Scientist Hub where you can participate in family friendly science activities. Complete two of the activities to graduate as an honorary Junior Professor with a special certificate and have your photo taken in a lab coat!
- Professor Tech’s Intro to Awesome with the Create Lab
Professor Tech’s Intro to Awesome is an interactive virtual reality session, where participants can interact with VR dinosaurs or walk the Toast VR virtual plank.
- Cells and Sun with QIMR Berghofer
Explore the difference between healthy and diseased cells under a microscope. Make your own UV bracelet and watch the beads change colour with exposure to the sun. You’ll be able to test what blocks the UV rays the best to protect your skin!
- SEE your SEA with SOS: Save Our Symbionts (by Infinite Designs)
Presented by a qualified marine biologist turned science/arts educator, participants will take a dive into the curious details of marine specimens up close using microscopes.
Children will learn about the biodiversity and cooperation to be found in our coral communities, by designing their very own ‘Reef Face’.
- Butterflies, Bees and Other Insects with The Butterfly & Other Invertebrates Club Inc.
See live butterflies, native bees and many other wonders of the invertebrate world. Look under the microscope. Do you want butterflies in your garden? Come and see what plants you can grow.