** The Book Nook has been replaced by a Nursey experience due to COVID-19 restrictions. **
Shhhh. Come inside the secluded Book Nook and discover your inner storyteller in our quiet reading space.
Do you want to go on a bear hunt? Maybe you want to try some eggs and ham?!
Our Book Nook is the perfect place to escape the noise, cuddle up with a book and transport yourselves to a whole new world.
Choose a book or 10 from our mini library of thoughtfully curated books from Australian and international authors. You can even get creative and use the magnetic wall to tell your own stories.
Interactive story time sessions are run daily.
You will also find cosy little reading pods throughout the Discovery Space just waiting for a story to be told.
Learn through play
Sharing a book not only promotes children’s imagination and literacy skills, it also helps build strong relationships between the reader and child as you share the experience of the space.
Backed by research
Researchers from our Family Learning and Interaction theme at Early Start promote reading as one of the most powerful things you can do with a child to develop their vocabulary, early literacy skills, cognitive ability and even numeracy.
The benefits go far beyond the words on the page.
Skip, jump and hop through climbing structures, secret gardens, a mud kitchen, wharf and sand pits to create, innovate and imagine!
The POD | THE POD WILL BE CLOSED 3 TO 7 APRIL FOR UPGRADES
Immerse yourself in an enchanting natural world
Stimulate your touch, sight, smell and other senses, in our sensory room
Police, Fire, Ambulance, SES – you get to be the hero!
Antarctic Research Vessel
Climb aboard and take the helm of a research vessel on its way to Antarctica.
Come on a camping trip in the Australian bush, complete with model campfire.
Bricks & Clicks
Build your own mini world and stop-motion movie with thousands of LEGO® bricks.
A safe-haven of sensory discovery for children two and under with its own jetty.
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.
Plan Your Visit
Ready to explore more than 14 experiences? Plan your visit now to get the most out of your trip to Early Start Discovery Space.
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First Year of Life
1 Adult + any Children
under 12 months
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