I remember spending many days at Scitech when my own daughter was a little girl, the interactive exhibits kept her interest for hours on end, and I could pat myself on the back for promoting learning play. Now I am back again, revisiting with my grandchildren.
Scitech is Western Australia’s own science and technology discovery centre where the whole family can spend time experimenting and learning from the hands-on exhibits.
The centre is divided into dedicated areas including a science theatre, a puppet theatre, a Planetarium and the main permanent gallery; that you can explore at your own pace.
Discoverland has been designed as an exclusive area for children under 6 years old. The enclosed area allows for children to wander through the area safely playing with the exhibits. There are lots of toddler-sized play areas that engage small minds through hands-on exhibits with scientific concepts as they learn through play.
The Kaartadjin Koorliny gallery is an immersive colour experience that is aimed at children aged from 10 years old but is suitable for any age. This area includes a perception tunnel which distorts the senses and left us feeling slightly unbalanced, so if you are at all unsteady on your feet I would give it a miss.
Earth Matters is a feature gallery that inspires and challenges your thoughts on how we can create a more sustainable world for future generations. There are interactive exhibits on biodiversity, sustainability, emissions and our own carbon footprint.
The Scitech Planetarium is the largest planetarium in the Southern Hemisphere. It has an 18m 180-degree dome-shaped screen and reclined seats that allow you to immerse yourself fully into the spectacle showing above and around you. The shows change regularly and are included in the price of the Scitech admission ticket.
At some point during your visit, you are sure to want to sit down and grab a bite to eat or a drink. There is a large dining area with plenty of tables and chairs. If you are planning on having lunch then you need to pack a picnic or visit the cafe located within the City West centre as there are no cafe facilities onsite, with the exception of two basic vending machines.
The last stop before leaving is the Discovery Shop. Located at the exit, it stocks books and gifts that any budding scientist will want to take home with them to complete their learning experience. The shop is also accessible without a ticket if you are looking for a birthday or Christmas gift.
Address: City West Centre
Corner Railway Street & Sutherland Street
West Perth, Western Australia 6005
Phone: (08) 9215 0700
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 4.00pm Weekdays
10.00am – 4.00pm Weekends
Parking: Paid parking is available at City West. Scitech visitors have access to a $5 all-day parking ticket via parking machines located inside City West Centre. Just remember to make a note of your licence plate number.
Cost: Adult: $19
Child 3-17yrs: $12
Mini Group ( 2A/2C or 1A/3C ) $52 extra child $7
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