1. Sensory surprises
Designed to help children with resilience and wellbeing, the Children’s Sensorium installation at RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne is fun and engaging. Developed with mental health experts, the show’s sense-based installations draw on touch, sound, vision, smell, and taste. Until October 8.
2. Junior screen stars
ACMI in Melbourne is the place to go for budding filmmakers and anyone interested in the moving image. The centre’s school holiday options include Make a Movie, a two-day, hands-on creative workshop teaching the basics of producing, directing and acting in a short film; and YouTube Starz, a creative and practical workshop to teach kids how to go viral! As your own reward, make them see Light: Works from the Tate’s Collection or one of the films screening.
3. Kids get creative
QAGOMA in Brisbane has several activities for children. A Feeling (until October 3), by artist Chiharu Shiota, expands on a video in her show The Soul Trembles, in which children share their thoughts about the soul. They then make a drawing of how they feel which is added to a display. Superpowered is four interactive projects by Indigenous Australian artists Kaylene Whiskey, Tony Albert, Gordon Hookey and Vincent Namatjira. Albert’s Warakurna Warriors encourages kids to create their own digital superhero identity and costume.
4. Silly, scientific, and stunning
Kaleidoscope at the Brisbane Powerhouse is brilliant fun! It’s an immersive experience that uses optical illusions and preposterous proportions to create extraordinary spaces that can be physically explored. It’s a little bit silly and scientific all at once, not to mention aesthetically beautiful. It’s disorienting fun. Until October 3.
5. Kids vs robots
Questacon in Canberra is the last word on science and fun. Try [email protected], a “hands-on, minds-on” experience. Go head-to-head with a robot in a game of air hockey, see yourself in thermal vision and try to keep your balance in the “rotating” Rototron.
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