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: