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South Coast Leisure Times : Summer 15-2016
Wollongong/Jamberoo The Wollongong Science Centre, run by the University of Wollongong, is suitable for all ages with a host of exciting exhibits, puzzles and shows. There are more than 100 hands- on exhibits over two floors to experience and explore. In addition to the exhibits, the centre is well known for its entertaining science shows, held in the Illawarra Coal Science Theatre. The BlueScope Steel Planetarium is a domed sky theatre, where audiences can watch as day is turned into night and be transported to other worlds. Science shows and planetarium shows will run throughout the holidays, check the centre’s website for times and details. In January the science centre will again hold its popular Children’s Holiday Workshops. Workshops will run every afternoon for two weeks from Monday, January 11 until Friday, January 22, 2016 from 2pm until 3pm. Topics may include pirate science, forensic science, dinosaurs and fossils, kitchen chemistry and more – watch out for new workshops topics. Bookings for workshops are essential and tickets must be pre-purchased. For more information or workshop bookings call the centre on 4286 5000 or visit the website www.sciencecentre.com.au Young minds sold on science Action park arachnid sets impressive world record The model of a female Sydney funnel-web spider at Jamberoo Action Park recently set a new world record for largest spider sculpture. The immense 19.7 metre high arachnid made of steel, fibreglass and concrete took a year to construct. It is 22.2m wide and 15m in length. Each fang is 3.5m long and the spider weighs 7.5 tonnes in total. Jamberoo Action Park is located 20 minutes south of Wollongong. It is an aquatic playground set among 40 hectares of landscaped gardens and parkland. A young scientist engages with the Wollongong Science Centre’s wind tube. 14 South Coast www.southcoastleisuretimes.com.au