Antarctic Research Vessel
All hands on deck! We’re off to do important research in freezing cold Antarctica and we need your help!
Along our journey you’ll see penguins on the ice and swimming underneath the ship’s hull. You can measure your wingspan against some huge native birds or check out the humpback whale breaching out of the water.
Once you find your sea legs, why not throw on a captain’s hat and climb up to the helm where you use the two-way radio to talk to the researchers in the field tent, steer the ship or blast the horn!
Learn through play
The Antarctica Research Vessel inspires curiosity in an unknown world. You’ll learn about the different animals that around Antarctica and get to use your imagination in creative role-playing by taking the role of researcher, scientist or crew.
Backed by research
This experience has been informed by real expeditions in collaboration with UOW Faculty of Biological Sciences, an international podcaster, local researchers and Indigenous community representatives.
Skip, jump and hop through climbing structures, secret gardens, a mud kitchen, wharf and sand pits to create, innovate and imagine!
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Antarctic Research Vessel
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Bricks & Clicks
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Grab a torch and explore the tunnels and nooks. You may even spot some of the cave’s inhabitants.
Gear up with a hi-vis vest and tool belt, we’re looking for builders who are ready to help construct our tiny home.
Take a trolley for a spin and collect your shopping before you start cooking in our Critter Café.
Unleash your creativity and be inspired to paint, draw, write and sculpt with daily art activities.
Lights, Sound, Action
The stage is yours! Express yourself with costumes, backdrops and lighting.
Step outside and explore our natural wonderland – an oasis that will excite all your senses.
Cosy up with a good book in our peaceful reading space. Come along for daily Storytime readings.
Step inside a room filled with puzzling games and challenges just waiting to be solved.
All aboard the Critter Express! Shovel coal to fuel the engine or control a model train around its miniature world.
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