Founded by renowned physicist Professor Brian Greene and Emmy award-winning journalist Tracy Day, the World Science Festival has been held annually in New York for more than a decade
But, from 2016 to 2021, the Queensland Museum Network secured the exclusive license to host it here in the Asia Pacific – reinforcing the Queensland Museum’s position as a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and engagement.
The World Science Festival explores and celebrates the entanglement of science and art through a curated program of thought-provoking conversations, inspiring theatrical and cinematic experiences, interactive workshops and engaging demonstrations. A key pillar event of Curiocity – that celebrates science, the arts and technology throughout Brisbane’s CBD, Southbank Cultural Precinct and the creative hub around the Brisbane Powerhouse – the Science Festival brings the world’s most eminent scientists and educators out of the labs and into Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct and regional Queensland.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY SCIENCE FESTIVAL FUN
AFTERNOONS AT THE HATCHERS
Saturday March 23 thru to Sunday March 24, 9.30am ‘til 4.30pm // Queensland Museum
Get a rare glimpse of hatching turtles in their incubation chambers and the first moments of their lives as they meet a seawater environment in specially designed tanks. At the close of the exhibition – which is part of an important conservation initiative designed in collaboration with internationally renowned herpetologist Colin Limpus and Queensland Museum Senior Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians, Patrick Couper – the newborn turtles will be transported to the Sunshine Coast and released 20 km offshore.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM [sold out]
Saturday March 23, from 5.30pm ‘til 9pm // Queensland Museum & Science Centre
Explore the Museum as the sun goes down at this night time adventure for the smallest visitors. Discover what happens at night when the Museum closes and see the animals before they go to bed. Explore every nook of the Museum including the exhibitions NASA – A Human Adventure and SparkLab, and meet the locals in Wild State! Dance along with live music; see demonstrations, amazing objects, performances, hands-on activities and more… plus the baby hatching Turtles from World Science Festival Brisbane’s Hatchery!
FAMILY FUN WITH DR ROB BELL
Saturday March 23, from 10am ‘til 11.30am // SLQ Knowledge Walk
Join Dr Rob Bell at State Library of Queensland for a First 5 Forever morning filled with science, stories, slime and all things family fun.
WALLACE AND GROMIT: A GRAND DAY OUT
Friday March 22 thru to Saturday March 23, from 10.30am ‘til 11am // Cinema A, GOMA
Wallace and Gromit enjoy a day out with a difference when a quest to find cheese prompts a visit to the moon. Despite a few hiccups with their homemade rocket, the duo makes a successful lunar landing, arriving just in time for lunch. But a strange, mechanical being isn’t too happy to see Wallace eating slices of moon cheese…
UNPLUG AND PLAY POP UP STEM PLAYGROUND [sold out]
Saturday March 23 thru to Sunday March 24 // Cultural Forecourt, South Brisbane
Visit Festival Lab and join Unplug & Play Pop Up STEM Playgrounds where imagination, creativity, and open-ended play take centre stage! Featuring awe-inspiring, visually-appealing ‘play pods’ with activities and equipment that are innovative, inclusive, and perfect for inspiring young learners to experience the world in wondrous new ways. It’s a great opportunity for families to get hands-on and explore concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through engaging, child-guided play.
ICE ICE BABY
Now thru to Sunday March 24, from 9.30am ‘til 4.30pm // Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Come and view the spectacular LEGO model of Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina! The 3.2 metre cutaway model was built using 117,612 bricks by Certified LEGO Professional Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught. Learn about the Australian Antarctic Program and our science on the icy continent and in the Southern Ocean. Get involved in some hands-on activities for families and talk with the team about penguins, ice cores and much, much more.
KIDS CHALKBOARD MURAL
Now thru to Sunday March 24, from 9.30am ‘til 4.30pm // Whale Mall, Queensland Museum
The Queensland Museum are calling all kids to get busy chalk colouring to create a giant Under Water Mural! This activity is perfect for families who are waiting for entry to the Hatchery. Look out for roving coral ambassadors and their puzzles to test out your knowledge on all things marine.