Stimulate your touch, sight, smell and other senses, in our sensory room.
The Sanctuary is a safe space for all Discovery Space visitors, including children on the Autism Spectrum, to engage in sensory play. Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates the senses (touch, taste, movement, balance, sight, smell and hearing) and supports a child’s cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interactions and problem solving.
Learn through play
Items in The Sanctuary include lights, mirrors, tactile objects, cushions, a sling swing, bubble tubes, light tables, weaving wall, optic curtain, sensory den, weighted blankets and a memory foam mat.
Backed by research
Children use their senses to explore and make sense of the world around them. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change neural pathways or synapses to rewire the brain. Providing children with opportunity to actively use their senses is crucial to brain development as it helps build nerve connections in the brain pathways, which helps with the greater development of the child.
Sensory play leads to a child’s ability to complete more complex tasks, supporting cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interactions and problem solving skills. Sensory play encourages one to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. The sensory activities allow children to refine their thresholds for different sensory information, strengthening sensory-related synapses and functions.
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.
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