Little Kids Day In | Caring for Country

General information
Ages 5 and under
Included with museum entry
Adult $15
Child Free
Member Free

Little Kids Day In | Caring for Country is dedicated to the youngest of learners. Experience everything Scienceworks has to offer along with specially developed around the theme of air for early learners.

Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony

11am | Amphitheathre | Included with entry
Join us to be part of a special Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by a representative from the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, the Traditional Custodians of the land that Scienceworks is on. The ceremony will be followed by a Dij/Yadiki (Didgeridoo) performance.

Little Wombats Storytime

12 noon & 1pm | Amphitheathre | Included with entry
Cameron Morrall, a proud Wotjobaluk man, and his partner will blend music, art, games and storytelling to share their Aboriginal culture for kids to learn.

Bunjil Feathers

10am to 2pm | Energy Lab | Included with entry
Create one of Bunjil’s Feathers to help decorate our Bunjil wall, celebrating this magnificent wedge-tailed eagle who is the spiritual creator and protector of the Kulin Nation in Victoria.

The Mini Weather Show

11:30am, 12:30pm | Surcharged | Best for 3+ 
In this 30-minute show developed specifically for early learners, we’ll make mini versions of weather, including clouds, rain, rainbows and mini lightning. The show will finish with giant lightning bolts from our Tesla Coil. Please note, the Tesla Coil is loud and can frighten some children. 

The Glow Show

Enthusiastic science presenter conducting a show
The Glow Show

1:30pm | Surcharged | Best for 5+
Take a seat in our Lightning Theatre and be mesmerised by this visually stunning 30-minute live science show exploring the fascinating science behind luminosity and the many ways a glow can be produced.

Storytelling under the Stars 

10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, 12 noon, 12:30pm & 1pm | Planetarium | Free ticket required 

Learn about First Peoples’ constellations and star stories under the dome of the Melbourne Planetarium in these free 15-minute sessions exploring the night sky.   

A free ticket is required for these sessions. These must be booked on site on the day. 

This activity is brought to you by Museum Members. Members get free entry to Scienceworks, Little Kids’ Week In events, and much more! 

Tycho Goes to Mars

1:30pm | Surcharged | Best for 3+
Tycho, our favourite cheeky dog with a knack for getting into trouble, is finally blasting off to discover the red planet, Mars!

Tiny Tinkerers 

10am to 2pm | Planetarium Foyer | Included with entry
Play, build and create! Be inspired to test ideas and get your design skills into gear in this pop-up space for young engineers. Can you construct a car or cubby using a modular couch? Manipulate colour with a light table? Or even propel a scarf through our wind tunnel? 

Bub Hub 

10am to 2pm | Planetarium Foyer | Included with entry
Reserved space for the littlest of little kids to enjoy some sensory exploration and play.

Kinder Clubhouse 

10am to 2pm | STEM Lab | Included with entry
In the Kinder Clubhouse the best learning happens when you play. Imagination, sensory, craft, movement, and open play is all learning in the Kinder Clubhouse.

Book Nook 

10am to 2pm | Beyond Perception | Included with entry
An enchanting and unique space dedicated to reading with soft cushions, displays of colour, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together 

All day | Ground Up | Included with entry
An exhibition for babies to five-year-olds where curiosity is rewarded around each bend with surprising and intriguing sights, sounds and touch sensations. Ground Up immerses young children in an imaginative world of sensory discovery and construction-play that ignites their lifelong engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

Air Playground

All day | Surcharged
Explore the science of aerodynamics and the physics of air flow through play. Float objects in mid-air, place materials in fast moving air-jets, squish a giant inflatable sculpture with your body, launch balls sky-high with compressed air, and craft paper planes to soar and more. 


We can assist with any access requirements you may have for this program, please contact our team on 13 11 02 or email us at [email protected] to discuss how we can support your Museum visit.

Little Kids' Day In 2024 events

We have an exciting range of events for your little ones. We'll be releasing tickets closer to the date, so be sure to check back regularly to find out more about our 2024 Little Kids' Day In calendar.

STEM in the Early Years at Little Kids’ Day In

Children are naturally curious. Right from birth, children are wondering and exploring, watching and listening, moving and feeling. Skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are increasingly recognised as vital for all children’s learning. Children naturally use STEM skills like curiosity and experimentation as they explore the world around them, especially through play.

Our Little Kids’ Day In programs are developed to maximise play-based STEM learning in the context of real-world scenarios. Each Little Kids’ Day In is a unique learning experience with activities, museum exhibits, STEM challenges, shows and storytelling for children and parents to get involved in. We developed the following posters as a reminder for how children are learning STEM skills while they are playing.

*Program is subject to change.

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