What to Expect at Scitech Toddlerfest

Published on March 5, 2018
Categories - Event Review, Read About

Located in City West, Scitech offers Perth families and visitors a unique science experience. Twice a year Scitech puts on Toddlerfest, which has a special focus on our littlest scientists.

One of the great things about Scitech is that there is something for everyone. Many of the activities that are permanently on offer are suitable for toddlers through to adults. During Toddlerfest you will find a heap of additional features that really engage under 5s.

This time around, the theme for Toddlerfest was Dinosaur Train and we were super excited to see the live stage show. Dinosaur Train is a kid’s show that educates children in everything related to dinosaurs. It’s the reason why my youngest could say Ankylosaurus at 2 years old!

The “Big Stage” of Toddlerfest was home to human-sized (because life-sized wouldn’t fit in the building of course) Tiny the Pteranodon and Buddy the T-Rex along with a dancing Paleontologist. All the kids were thrilled to dance and sing along with this trio and because it was held several times during the day the crowds weren’t huge for each show so everyone got a good viewing spot.

There are 3 different shows on during Toddlerfest, including an emergency themed show in the science lab as well as the Planetarium. The Planetarium isn’t usually open to little kids and I could see why when we headed in. It’s an awesome space and could be overwhelming to little ones especially once the lights go down.

But this is when the magic happens and during Toddlerfest the show lasts for just 10 minutes. It involves the whole dome ceiling taking you on a journey through space and the solar system. Having never been in this area before, we were completely blown away. It’s so real and the details are amazing. If you get a chance to go to the Planetarium I highly recommend it.

Scitech is constantly evolving and there are always new exhibitions in the planning phase. At the moment, Space Pioneers is still going, but many areas have had a toddler makeover.

One of the areas in the feature exhibition has been replaced with big soft mats for climbing, jumping and rolling about. In the main area, the Meccano car building area has been replaced with Duplo, perfect for little hands.

The tinkering area has been transformed with coloured rice to explore with pipes and funnels. This area was super popular and there were lots of little tinkerers having a wonderful time.

Kaartadjin Koorliny is a relatively new area that has lots of dark, glowing fun to explore and this is one of my kids’ favourite areas. There are a range of experiences in here that are engaging for all ages.

Scitech is one of those Perth attractions that you could visit every week and discover something new. Children under 4 are free, which makes it affordable for young families. You can also purchase an annual family pass for only $155. Parking is free – grab a ticket from the machine and ask the friendly staff at the desk to validate it for you on entry.

Toddlerfest runs twice a year for two weeks. You can find more about entry prices and what is currently on at Scitech at their website

Sharon Pegrum

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