Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, has been engaging and teaching kids and families for years and is a major driver of tourism to Canberra through school trips and holiday visits to Canberra.
As we celebrate Questacon’s 27th year, Questacon’s Acting Director, Kate Driver, speaks of the Centre’s importance to Canberra and Australia, and what makes Questacon a great place for interactive education and fun.
“Questacon has been engaging people with science and technology for over 25 years now. Since the first centre opened in 1988, it has received more than 10 million visitors from all over Australia and the world.
“We’re now reaching our second generation of students and children, whose parents visited the Centre when they were children themselves. We pride ourselves on offering a high quality visitor experience and regularly changing what’s on offer in the Centre.”
The Acting Director discussed what makes Questacon so special and its appeal as the smarter way to have fun.
“Questacon is also a popular attraction for school groups visiting Canberra— over 130,000 students visit the Centre in groups from around Australia.
The best thing about Questacon is that, with eight themed galleries, Questacon really does have something for people of all ages. We get regular feedback from our adult visitors who are surprised to find there’s just as much on offer for them as for their children. From the littlest scientists who can play and discover in MiniQ, through to the mind-boggling perception tests in Perception Deception, adults and children alike will find something to fascinate them. And of course, dropping yourself six metres down the Freefall slide is a thrill for everyone who is brave enough to try it!”
There’s something for everyone as you experience science in extraordinary ways. See electrifying caged lightning, freeze your own shadow, experience an earthquake or challenge a robot to a game of air hockey. Or visit Q Lab to catch an ever-changing collection of intriguing experiments, explosive demonstrations and interesting displays.
The scientists and technologists of the future will enjoy MiniQ as they play, discover and learn in a gallery specifically designed for those aged between 0–6 years old.
Questacon features over 200 hands-on exhibits, designed for visitors to touch, play and explore.
No visit is complete without watching— and perhaps taking a starring role—in a Spectacular Science Show. Let Questacon’s in-house theatre troupe, the Excited Particles, excite and engage you with rockets, spiders, electricity and our all-time favourite sub-zero liquid nitrogen game show, ‘Will it Smash?’
Questacon is located in Canberra’s Parliamentary Zone, adjacent to several other national institutions within this premier tourist precinct. It is only a short walk from the centre of Canberra, and is in an ideal location for visitors to enjoy some of Canberra’s best tourist experiences.
Questacon is open daily between 9.00am and 5.00pm and features an onsite café, Megabites and the Q Shop (in the Centre and online) offers a range of science-themed toys, gifts and souvenirs so you can continue the Questacon experience after you leave.
Engage your kids in the mystery and miracle of science through the disguise of fun!
Planning a visit to Canberra this Spring season? If yes you are in luck as we have a fantastic package available.
Floriade Family Package
Includes accommodation in a stylishly appointed family studio apartment at Abode Woden or two bedroom apartment at Abode Gungahlin and a one day pass to Questacon for up to two adults and two children, view availability here.