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Introducting Bubs to Science and Technology – Powerhouse Museum

Date: January 31, 2018 Author: hpelc Categories:

March 7, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Multiple Venues. See website for details.
Member child $10, non-member child $15, additional sibling $5. Accompanying adult free.

“We really believe there’s no such thing as ‘my child’s too young to learn science’,” says Stefanie Ferguson – a child educator at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Ferguson runs kids’ sessions at the Powerhouse Museum, Museums Discovery Centre and the Observatory under the names MAAS Tinies and MAAS Minis, which began in August 2017. “Studies that have shown that coming to any session with a parent or a carer really hones in that bonding, but it also allows them to explore new activities, new sensations, and to experiment and see the world in a different way.”

Tinies runs for around 50 minutes, incorporating song and movement, but there’s also the chance to see the Museum’s collections before or afterwards. Each event finishes with a calming wind down but every month will be different, drawing on the experiences of each venue. “For example, at the Observatory we might explore the sun or the moon, or how the rain sounds. For older children, we ask big questions like ‘Why can’t I touch the sky?’ then we all fall down and talk about gravity.”

At the moment, Tinies and Minies run at one of the three MAAS venues each week, but Ferguson says the Museum is keen to trial weekend sessions too. “Further down the track we’d like to equip parents with resources to continue STEAM-based play at home, as parents really are the best facilitators for learning.”