Without a hint of exaggeration, Scitech is my kids’ Disneyland. (Bearing in mind they’ve never been to Disneyland, but you take my point.) Scitech, to them – and okay, to me too – is a legendary place of wonder and excitement, housed in a magical building topped with a mystical dome. The dome elicits gasps of awe every time we pass it on the freeway (my kids are very, very easily impressed. I probably should’ve mentioned that) and their eyes widen when I say: “One day my children, one day we will go to the magical Scitech land.”
Which is total rubbish, because we love Scitech, and go there a lot. Ben’s even got a membership. It’s usually the go-to rainy-day activity, and one of the few places where I can cope with three children on my own (for the record, that’s a very, very short list).
Our latest visit was on Monday, the public holiday, and the first official day of the school holidays. The kids were excited, my husband was excited, and I had the flu, so couldn’t really express my excitement through my lost voice and chattering teeth. Still, we soldiered on, because it’s Scitech, guys!
It must’ve been a while since our last visit, because there was LOADS of new stuff for the kids to do. As always, the little ones spent a ridiculous amount of time in the kids’ zone, popping their heads into fish tanks (not as dangerous as it sounds) and doing fun stuff with balls and mirrors and cranks and thongs. Ben – who’s nine and a half – ran off to explore, and that’s fine, because Scitech’s not enormous, and even an unusually clumsy nine and a half year old can safely explore and have fun on his own.
After a while we split up (not permanently, it hasn’t come to that yet): I took Ben to the new Dream to Fly show at the Planetarium, while Paul took Frankie and Alice to the Shipwrecked puppet show. See what I mean about it being fun for ALL the family? Anyway, I thought I’d use the 45-minute Planetarium movie to sleep. I picked a corner seat and curled up, but no! The movie was so genuinely and three-dimensionally entrancing that I found myself watching the WHOLE thing, against my will. It’s a magical movie about the history of flight, from Chinese lanterns and hot-air balloons to fighter jets and international travel. It was quite something.
From there we joined forces again and hit the brand new Going Places exhibition. According to Paul, this is THE BEST SCITECH EXHIBITION TO DATE. The kids flew planes over Perth, controlled airships, drove cars and even did a Matrix-style 360-degree jump through the air. Despite all this, Frankie’s favourite exhibit was a slinky going up a ramp. For real. We couldn’t get him away from it.
The ONLY thing we missed out on was the DIY Planes activity, which started the day after our visit. I may well take Ben back at some point over the school holidays, ‘cos he’d love to build his own plane. What kid wouldn’t? See you again soon, Scitech!
Scitech offers KidzaBuzz members a 2 for 1 Entry – Saving you up to $19.
Scitech is at City West, Sutherland St, West Perth. Visit the website to find out more about the wonderful school holiday activities and events.