Our popular workshops are back these school holidays
Our popular workshops for kids are back these school holidays and we have a jam-packed program full of fun and engaging science activities!
Delivered by actual researchers from Telethon Kids Institute, each workshop sees a specific topic in science, health and research brought to life, through fun games, exciting experiments, and hands-on activities. This month, junior scientists participating in a workshop will get to grow germs on slices of bread, build a circuit to learn about the neurons in the brain, make a stethoscope to learn about healthy heartbeats, create a grounding box for self-care… and more!
Each workshop runs for 1.5 hours and costs $15 per child, with sessions suitable for junior scientists of various ages. All workshops include a guided tour of a real-life working lab and a chance for our budding scientists to learn from actual Telethon Kids researchers who work in the field.
There are limited spaces available for each workshop, so make sure you secure your spots early to avoid missing out!
Investigate how quickly germs can spread between a group of people by using a special UV machine that can view these invisible bugs. Prepare a simple science experiment where you can grow germs on slices of bread to learn about the importance of washing your hands. Continue your experiment at home to watch the germs grow! Suitable for children aged 5 - 8 years old.
Ouch! You just touched a hot pan, but how did you know your finger was hot? Learn about the information highway that controls everything you do in this practical workshop about the brain and the nervous system. Create a simple circuit using playdough to investigate how electrical impulses travel through a neuron. This workshop will be delivered by researchers from our Brain Cancer team. Suitable for children aged 9 – 12 years old.
Have you ever wondered how the food we eat travel through our bodies and give us the energy we need? Learn about the different organs that make up our digestive system in this fun and messy workshop where you’ll get to track the journey from food to poo with the help of our gut microbiome researchers. It’s a rather sticky and gross process, but lots of practical fun! This is one of our most popular workshops and tickets often sell out quickly, so secure your spots early. Suitable for children aged 5 – 8 years old.
Explore how your heartbeat changes with physical exercise in this active workshop where you get to make and take home a DIY stethoscope. Learn and play some fun mini games that encourage you to get up and get active! This workshop will be delivered by researchers from our Child Physical Activity, Health and Development team. Suitable for children aged 5 – 8 years old.
Your heart supplies blood and oxygen to the rest of your body and is the centre of your circulatory system. Investigate how this muscular organ does its job and helps you move in this hands-on workshop delivered by our Child Physical Activity, Health and Development team. You’ll get to make a heart model that can actually pump blood! Suitable for children aged 9 – 12 years old.
Take a moment to look after yourself and your brain in this workshop on self-care. With the help of our Youth Mental Health researchers, identify the things that can deplete your battery and learn about strategies you could use to fill it up again to give you the energy you need to live your day. Make a special Grounding Box full of your favourite things, which you can take home at the end of the workshop. You’ll also get to make a pocket-sized calming glitter jar to help relaxation and mindfulness. Suitable for children aged 5 years and up.
What is the flight or fight response and how is it triggered? Our researchers from the Youth Mental Health team will guide you to explore the inner workings of our brains in this insightful workshop on brain and behaviour. Create a brain cap to learn about the different areas of the brain and what they do. Explore strategies for controlling responses triggered by the amygdala, such as blowing on a pinwheel. Suitable for children aged 9 – 12 years old.
Step into the world of a vaccine immunologist in this special workshop where you will get to discover the role of vaccines, antibodies and the immune system. See how quickly you can match pathogens to their specific antibodies and conduct a practical investigation to learn about how scientists know when patients require a booster shot. Suitable for children aged 9 – 12 years old.