Regular events:

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Curious Kids (science for 3 - 5 year olds)

Sidewalk Astronomy (BDAS)  (fun astronomy for the whole family)

Coder Dojo (technology mentoring for 7 - 17 year olds)

 


Upcoming events

 

Smash It Up School Holidays (September 23rd - October 9th) 

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Discovery is getting destructive for our September School Holidays. From September 23rd until October 8th you can come learn about the science of, well, destroying things!

Tickets: Adults $16.00 | Concessions $13.50 | Children (5-16 years) $11.50 | Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $54

Public Session Times (no extra cost, Planetarium ticketed due to seating restrictions)

SMASH IT UP Science Show

Noon and 2pm daily

Smashing Space Planetarium Show

11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm daily

Fantastic Fan-smash-tic Hands on Activity

11.30am to 2.30pm

For more information call (03) 5444 4400.

 

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Discovery Halloween Birthday Bash (Sunday October 29th) 

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The Discovery Centre was opened 22 year ago on Halloween, and has been doomed to celebrate with a Halloween Bash each year! Join us on Sunday the 29th of October from 5pm-7pm for a frightfully fun night! 

Tickets: non-members $6 per person | members $4 per person | unders 5s free www.discovery.asn.au

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Dancing @ Discovery with Blues & Roots (Sunday November 12th)

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n Sunday November 12th Discovery is hosting great children’s musical acts from Bendigo’s iconic Blues and Roots festival. From 11am - 3pm and included in your admission to Discovery! Come for the songs, stay for the slide.

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Splish Splash School Holidays (December 27th 2017 - January 22nd 2018)

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Splish Splash - Discovery's summer school holidays are all about water. From December 27th 2017 until January 30th 2018 you can find out all about water, where it comes from, how we use it, and what it can do!

Tickets: Adults $16.00 | Concessions $13.50 | Children (5-16 years) $11.50 | Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $54

Public Session Times (no extra cost, Planetarium ticketed due to seating restrictions)

Splish Splash Science Show

Noon and 2pm daily

Splish Splash Space Planetarium Show

11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm daily

Splish Splash Hands on Activity

11.30am to 2.30pm

Contact 03 5444 4400

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Past Events of 2017:

 

Science Sizzle Australia Day barbeque, science style!

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Come join us on January 26th from 10am for Discovery's first Science Sizzle! Discovery closes every February for maintenance and upgrades, and we want to celebrate another great year. We'll be making bunsen burgers, interstellar snags and Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream! We'll also be running our Beat the Heat School Holiday Program as usual.

 

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Beat the Heat, Tuesday 27 Dec to Sunday 29 Jan

We will all be getting hot under the collar with fireballs, multicoloured flames and galactic burning gas. After that, we will have to devise how we can cool ourselves down! How do animals cool themselves down, and what is the difference between warm blooded and cold blooded animals? All these questions and more will be explored (perhaps even answered) in the Discovery Centre’s science and planetarium shows.

The Heat is On
Science Show

Explore what heat is, how we make it, and how knowledge of the fire triangle can stop a blaze in its tracks! This interactive show will be fill with fun science facts, as well as a few jokes in there too.

Daily shows at 12:00 and 2:00pm

 

Journey to the Center of the Milky Way 
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Uncover the telescopes that are allowing us to peer into our galaxy to explore its secrets, including the massive black hole that we are all swirling around!

Daily shows at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm with restricted seating (tickets are provided on a first-in, first-served basis)

Cooling Off
Hands-on Activity

Experiment with temperature and cool off in this creative activity.  Make and decorate your own fan, then use it to keep yourself cool.

Daily from 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Vertical Slide
Immersive Exhibit

Experience gravity in a way you may never have before! Drop from the top then slide to a stop on this 7-metre ride, designed for the brave.

Daily at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm.

Sliders must be 5 years or older, and staff have the right to refuse entry to the slide due to safety concerns.

 

BDAS presents ‘Mars and Ceres – Evidence of Water’ with Dr John Wilkinson (March 1st)

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Bendigo District Astronomical Society invites you to ‘Mars and Ceres – Evidence of Water’, a presentation by BDAS member, Dr John Wilkinson.
 
Dr John will take a look at recent evidence of water on the planet Mars and dwarf planet Ceres. New spectacular images from NASA and the European Space Agency will be shown of the surface of these two solar system bodies.
 
Be wowed by some amazing photos and new information, and enjoy some refreshments and a chat after the presentation.
 
The evening commences at 7:30 pm, Wednesday March 1st at Discovery Science & Technology Centre Bendigo. $2.00 entry, $5.00 family, or children under 12 free. For more information contact Dr John Wilkinson on 5470 6349.
 

 
Fully Sick School Holidays! (1st April - 13th April)
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From April 1st until April 13th the Discovery Centre will be getting "Fully Sick" with our medical themed school holiday program! Come learn about your body, how illnesses can affect us, and how doctors test our health.
 
Public Session Times

Fully Sick Science Show (all ages)

Find out about how our bodies work, what happens when we get sick, and how doctors test our health in this interactive and fun science show! 

Noon and 2pm daily

Sick in Space Planetarium Show (recommended age:  7+)

Being sick is not fun, but being sick in space is even worse! We turn to NASA to explain the importance of keeping astronauts healthy, and the ways space travel affects human health. 

11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm daily - ticketed due to seating restrictions

Vertical Slide (strictly ages 5+)

Hurtle down our 7m vertical slide, and try not to get Fully Sick in the process! 

11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm daily

Beat your heartbeat Hands on Activity (all ages)

The human heart works hard to pump blood through our bodies, do you reckon you can beat it? How much air do you have in your lungs? Our friendly volunteers will help you find out!

From 11.30am to 2.30pm daily

 
Contact our bookings officer for information on holiday group bookings.
 

 
Easter Festival (14th April - 15th April)
 
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Discovery will be at the Easter Festival on the 14th & 15th of April!
Find us at the Rosalind Park Kid's Fun Fare on Good Friday, and at the House of Mirrors on Easter Saturday
 

 
Earth Day "Edible Garden Box" planting (22nd April)
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Come join us on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd from 11am-1pm, at the planting of an edible garden outside the Discovery Centre. Learn about wicking beds, soil heath and worms, colourful plants and bugs, or come share your expertise!
 
Bendigo Regional Food Alliance is launching 12 "Edible Oasis Boxes" around Bendigo, where anyone can pick fresh veggies and herbsand the Discovery Centre will be one of the lucky custodians. It is hoped that the boxes encourage people to eat healthy, improve access to fresh veg and herbs, and inspire people to grow and share food. 

For more information about the "Edible Oasis Boxes" project, visit the Bendigo Regional Food Alliance website


 

Education Week Members' Event (22nd May)
 
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Education Week's theme this year is "A healthy mind, a healthy body", and we've invited our Ambassador, Basketballer Kelsey Griffin, to explore how a healthy mind and a healthy body can be linked by good diet, good exercise and good community spirit. Join us for this members event from 4.30 to 5.30 on Monday May 22nd – and wear comfortable clothes, this session could get physical!

Kelsey Griffin has been playing with the Bendigo Spirit for three seasons, and is spending her winter as assistant coach of the Bendigo Lady Braves. Kelsey is also a biologist, with a smattering of chemistry, giving her an excellent scientific and practical base for her knowledge of health.

For more information on how to become a member of Discovery, check out our members benefits page!


Charlotte's Web - Citizen's Science Project (24th May)

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Discovery is excited to be contributing to the DET Citizen Science program. On May 24th, science communicator David Holmes will be sharing his knowledge of spiders and their web making via a video link.

The “Charlotte’s Web” program encourages students to post photos of spider webs they’ve found, and then participate in a Q&A session with an authority like David.

Visit http://lv2vl.global2.vic.edu.au/citizen-science/ for more information – and we’ll look forward to meeting your class on May 24th between 2.30 and 3.10pm.


 World Oceans Day - Wonders of Science Panel (8th June)

 
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This World Oceans Day we will be celebrating the Wonders of Science: Under the Sea! On Thursday June 8th, from 6pm -7.30pm, come learn about our incredible oceans and the dangers that lurk there! Take the plunge and question our ocean experts about its greatest dangers, sharks and plastics. Then you can relax and immerse yourself in the wonders of the deep with our underwater planetarium show "Coral: Rekindling Venus". A great family event and only a gold coin donation for entry. 
 
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Slime Making Workshop (June 25th)
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Hannah and Olivia are the slime sisters! These young entrepreneurs have tested lots of slime recipes and are excited to share their favourites! On Sunday 25th of June, 2pm, come make some different types of slime to take home. $15 per participant ($12 for members), recommended for ages 9 and over, spaces limited so please book: 5444 4400, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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 Trivia Night (19th August)

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Pop it in your diary – Saturday August 19th is the night to prove who is the most trivial person in Bendigo.  Discovery’s trivia will cover science, culture, geography, history and sport, so make sure you recruit some all round trivia gurus. 

A full evening of fun, with questions spanning science, culture, geography, history and sport as well as games, prizes, food and drinks!

When: Saturday the 19th of August, 2017 
Where: Auditorium at Discovery
Time: 7pm – 10pm, 
Price: $15 per ticket, supper provided, drinks at bar prices.

Book in advance and make sure you recruit some all-round trivia gurus! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (03) 5444 4400.

See you there!

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Science Symphony (September 2nd)

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On September 2nd Discovery is teaming up with the Marist Brass Band to deliver a fun-filled science of music afternoon. Find out more about how music is made and create your own instruments! 2pm – 4pm, gold coin donation (does not include entry to Discovery).

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