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)
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
From July 1st until July 16th the Discovery Centre will be having a "Future Freak Out"! What does the future hold for technology and the way humans live? What did we used to think the future would hold? See how imagination fuels invention and see what we've gotten right (and wrong) about the future in the past!
Science Sizzle Australia Day barbeque, science style!
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.
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
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
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)
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
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)
Past Events of 2016:
Discovery works very closely with the Bendigo District Astronomical Society (BDAS). The partnership has resulted in Sidewalk Astronomy nights and other events at Discovery!
Sidewalk Astronomy dates, gold coin donations welcomed. Meet on the forecourt outside Discovery. Event subject to clear skies:
- 12 August 5:00pm - 7:00pm
- 9 September 5:30pm - 7:30pm
- 7 October 6:30pm - 8:30pm
- 11 November 7:30pm - 9:30pm
- 9 December 7:30pm - 9:30pm
On Wednesdays, and the occasional Friday, BDAS holds public meetings and events at the Discovery Centre
- Wednesday, 2nd November, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Q&A panel
- Friday, 18th November, from 7:30pm, Trivia Night
It's because of you, our members, that the Discovery Centre is alive and well. This month, we're encouraging you to come in and discover how you can get the most out of your local science and technology centre. If you are not already a member, become one and check out all the benefits available. If your membership has run out, renew! We'd love to see you again. If you are already a member, inspire someone to become one! All this, in turn, will help us continue to thrive.
Becoming a member in September means unlimited access to our holiday program, which is shaping up to be a lot of fun. We're hosting a special event to say thank you (details below), and to give you a chance to pop in. You can now also become a member online too.
Thank You: One Year On
Sunday, 4th September, 4:30pm - 5:30pm, FREE, RSVP here
It's exactly a year since we thanked the community for keeping Discovery open. Now, we're here to say we are alive and strong! And it's all thanks to you. Come along to our thank you event, where we will launch our membership video, blow some things up, and show a sneak preview of our upcoming school holidays. Of course, you can have a free exploration of our exhibits too.
Sunday, 4th September, all day
Fathers, grandfathers and male guardians - because they're awesome - get free entry to Discovery with the purchase of a child's entry ticket.
To celebrate the inaugural Design and Technology Week, hosted by Design and Technology Teachers Association Victoria, the Discovery Centre will launch its solar panels with technology workshops looking into how solar energy works.
Solar Power: Cars
Saturday, 15th October, 10:30am - 11:30am, open to family groups.
Work together to create a working solar car, then race them! Discover how solar panels work, and how the sun's energy can be used to power a motor.
The workshop is free, but a solar car kit must be purchased for $18 (members recieve 10% off). For example, a family of four may want to make two cars, so purchase two kits. Or, a family of four may want to make one car and so only purchase one kit. Extra kits will be available on the day if you would like to buy one to take home.
Solar Power: Apps
Saturday, 15th October, 2:30pm - 3:30pm, open to ages 15 and up (adults included!)
Discover how apps are built, how solar panels work, and design an app that explores both! Run by La-Trobe University, this will show us the inner workings of our gadgets and the future of energy.
Workshops are $10 per person, $5 for members. If you have one, bring along your Android device.
Image created by Studio Ampersand
Can we break things with sound? How do we change pitch or volume? And what is the most annoying sound in the world? Let's use whirling tubes, fire and things that go bang to explore how sound moves through instruments, the air, and into our brains. Sounds like fun!
Show Times: Noon and 2pm daily
Silence of Space
Sound doesn't travel through the (almost) empty vacuum of space, so no one can hear our noisy rockets once they've left Earth! What are some of the beautiful silent features of our sky, and what could they sound like if we transform radio waves into sound waves...
Show Times: 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm daily
Pretty much anything can become an instrument: music makers can come in all shapes and sizes! They can also make lots of different noises. See if you can put together an instrument that sounds like rain with our simple materials.
Activity Times: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Science and Music for the whole family at Discovery Centre as part of Bendigo's Blues and Roots festival.
Sunday 6th November
Musicians from 10:30am until 2:30pm - visit the venue details page.
Free with entry to Discovery.
Discovery is turning 21 this year, just in time for Halloween! Join us for a spooky celebration of 21 years of the Discovery Centre, and the history of the Bendigo Railway Goods Shed.
We're calling it "Spawn of the Shed" - there'll be ghoulish games, freaky food, creepy competitions and terrifying treats!
Date and Time:
4:30pm - 7:00pm on Sunday, 30th October
Children under 5 are free
- non members: $6 per person
- members: $4 per person
Tickets available here: