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Learn through play

This outdoor space has been designed to encourage agility, balance and coordination in an environment that encourages imagination, problem solving and social interaction (and so much more!). Explore every nook and cranny of this outdoor environment encourages children and adults to engage in physical, object, pretend, sociodramatic and symbolic play!

Backed by research

Supported by Early Start researchers and UOW School of Education lecturers, this new Experience provides opportunities for active play, which is critical to early childhood education and development. Research confirms that active play helps with the development of dexterity, physical strength, builds confidence, improves balance and problem solving skills, develops focus and concentration, and enhances social skills.

Experiences

Circle Garden

Skip, jump and hop through climbing structures, secret gardens, a mud kitchen, wharf and sand pits to create, innovate and imagine!

The POD

Immerse yourself in an enchanting natural world

The Sanctuary

Stimulate your touch, sight, smell and other senses, in our sensory room

Emergency! Emergency!

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.

The Campsite

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.

Crawlers’ Beach

A safe-haven of sensory discovery for children two and under with its own jetty.

The Cave

Grab a torch and explore the tunnels and nooks. You may even spot some of the cave’s inhabitants.

Construction

Gear up with a hi-vis vest and tool belt, we’re looking for builders who are ready to help construct our tiny home.

Marketplace

Take a trolley for a spin and collect your shopping before you start cooking in our Critter Café.

CreARTivity

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.

Discovery Garden

Step outside and explore our natural wonderland – an oasis that will excite all your senses.

Book Nook

Cosy up with a good book in our peaceful reading space. Come along for daily Storytime readings.

Puzzle Room

Step inside a room filled with puzzling games and challenges just waiting to be solved.

Trains

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.

Become a member & save

First Year of Life

$50

1 Adult + any Children
under 12 months

Discover for 2

$100

2 people
1 Adult + 1 Child

Discover more

$30

Add more people for $30pp
Max. 8 per membership

Transferable pass

$50

Add a pass to a membership that can be used by anyone

Become a sponsor

We love collaborating with groups who share our passion for play. You can become a sponsor today or work with us to create a whole new experience.

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