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Sydney parks to host free educational events for National Science Week


Sydney kids and their families are invited to immerse themselves in two days of free scientific discovery as our city’s most iconic parks celebrate National Science Week.

More than 20,000 Sydneysiders are expected to join in the fun with Science in the Scrub back by popular demand in Western Sydney Parklands on Sunday August 13th, and Science in the Swamp returning to Centennial Park on Sunday August 20th.

“Our free family Science Week events are a wonderful way to inspire young Australians with scientific discovery while enjoying our beautiful parklands,” said Greater Sydney Parklands Chief Executive, Mr Joshua French.

“The day is jam-packed with interactive stalls and live science shows carefully curated by parklands educators and our scientific partners to ignite a passion for science in young minds outside of the classroom.”

This year’s events will feature more than 30 activity stations – including hands-on science experiments – and the chance to learn from real-life scientists including geologists, zoologists and marine biologists.

“For the first time we are incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the events, with the Ask AI Science Show. It’s an interactive experience designed to spark young imaginations and explore the future of scientific discovery,” said Mr French.

The Science in the Swamp event will take place on Sunday August 20th at Sydney’s Centennial Park.

Other highlights include:

  • Ginger, the incredible life-sized roaming dinosaur
  • A pop-up ocean lab where visitors can explore and interact with marine life
  • The chance to get close to native animals at the Australian Wildlife display
  • First Nations science stalls
  • The world’s biggest seed, the Coco de Mer which can weigh up to 25 kilograms
  • A snake show with advice from experts on staying safe around snakes
  • A musical ecology show that explores soil microorganisms and the blue-banded bee through song

With food trucks and picnic areas available, families can settle in and make the most of the day, which runs from 11am until 3pm.


Science in the Scrub
: Sunday August 13th 2023, 11am-3pm
Where: Lizard Log, Western Sydney Parklands
Cost: Free
Parking: Free within Western Sydney Parklands
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Science in the Swamp
: Sunday August 20th2023, 11am-3pm
Where: Loch Avenue South, Centennial Park
Cost: Free
Parking: Free within Centennial Park

This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week. For more information, visit here. 

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