Things to do with Kids in Perth - ScitechIt was a rainy day in Perth so a few of us Buggybuddy mums decided to make a trip to Scitech - a science centre in Perth.
We took the car and found Scitech easily using my statutory satnav. I wasn't quite sure where Scitech was at first so we parked up and I took a look around whilst mum monitored the children in the car. Parking said it was for 1hour only and there were no ticket machines so I was a bit clueless where to park!?
Confused and late to meet the other mums I left my car in the 1hr car park and went inside the shopping centre...yes it's a shopping centre of sorts and Scitech is inside, so there aren't many sign posts for Scitech. After asking a few people sporting Scitech t-shirts and badges I eventually found the reception desk and bought our tickets.
$14 per adult
$9 for 4 - 15yr olds
FREE for 3yr olds and under
We were told that our car would be clamped unless we displayed an exemption ticket from Scitech, which they gave us at reception upon purchasing our ticket. Problem was I was now inside Scitech with 2 kids and my mum and had to go back to the car park to put the ticket inside my car - NOT idea for those mums who don't have another adult at hand to look after your kids....you'd have to take them all the way back to the car park with you. Not easy if you've got 2 or more excited little one's.
So we were all set to into Scitech and have some fun. I had no idea what to expect as I'd never been to Scitech before. As soon as we walked in there were infra-red video camera and screens which my son Blake and his friends played with for a bit.
Further into Scitech on the left hand-side was a toddler/crawlers area full of toys, play equipment and lots of scientific learning fun suitable for toddlers and crawlers. We probably spent most of time here as the kids loved playing on the pulley's, putting bricks into buckets and using the pulley's to pull them up to a platform and then stack them into a wall.
After playing for a while we headed into a puppet show in the "curiosity shop". Scitech do puppet shows and other shows for all age groups throughout the day. There were about 4 shows during our visit but we only attended one as the other's were probably a bit old for the our kids (3 year olds) and we wanted to get around the whole exhibition and have some fun.
The Scitech "curiosity shop" show was a rather strange and weird looking fella teaching the kids in a fun and curious way about science stuff... different textures and materials and what they do and look like and how they react when certain things happen to them. It was all done very well and kept the kids engaged throughout the show. There's always one "know it all kid" and thankfully it wasn't mine, there's nothing more annoying than a kid that jumps the gun and gives you the answers before asked!!!
After the show we headed for some lunch, being an organised mum for a change and knowing how expensive it can be to eat out at these places I bought a packed lunch for my kids. . We had to go outside of Scitech into the shopping centre to get lunch but was only round the corner and not far to go. They didn't seem too phased about us eating our packed lunch in the cafe either.
After lunch we pootled around the rest of the Scitech exhibition and found some very competitive games/machines.
There's seriously lots for the kids to keep themselves busy with for a whole day including the shows if you want to dip into a few to give the kids a bit of a rest from running around and playing.
Overall it was a great day out!
Buggybuddys top tips for a visit to Scitech
- Carparking - don't forget to get an exemption ticket from Scitech when you purchase your entry ticket
- Take a packed lunch to keep costs down
- Take a note of the show times to give you and the kids a break if needed - they're also quite informative and fun
For more information on Scitech visit their website.Find more great places to visit with kids in Perth