The highlight of the campaign was the VIP weekend where each Local Human and their interstate guests were treated to unique Canberra experience. Our VIP experience was a night tour of Questacon, the national science and technology centre. This was a perfect match for my guests and I. James loves science and it's his favourite subject at school and Emily is always asking to do 'speriments' too.
It was an unforgettable night science theatre. A night of discovery and really cool explosions!
When we arrived we felt very special indeed, as they had rolled out the red carpet for us!
All we knew, prior to the event was that our host for the evening was Lord Fwah! We really didn't know what to expect but couldn't wait to meet him.
Here is Lord Fwah's dramatic entrance:
Now that's an entrance! Liquid nitrogen is pretty awesome stuff! With an entrance like this we knew the rest of the night would be amazing.
Once we entered the building we were dazzled by spectacular science experiments! We launched balloon rockets and learnt about sound vibrations. You've got to love an opportunity to make crazy noises into a microphone.
We then meet Dr Scar in the Perception Deception gallery. We learnt a little about haemoglobin and wounds. Then Dr Scar worked his face painting magic on us. Lots of gory wounds and gashes.
James had a close encounter with he who must not be named and ended up with a Harry Potter scar!
Here's my nasty gash.
Dr Scar's secret to a gory wound is red jelly! Who would have guessed?
Looking a little worse for wear, we then got to explore the Perception Deception gallery, which was lots of fun. This gallery is all challenging our senses with a variety of perceptual tests and illusions.
The Wonderworks gallery was definitely a highlight for my 2 year old niece. She loved the dancing and seeing the colours and shapes moving. This gallery explores colour and movement as well as patterns and shapes.
We learnt about static electricity in the Awesome Earth gallery Has anyone seen my balloon?
Then lightning struck! Which is always pretty spectacular, and definitely one of my favourite exhibits at Questacon.
The Q Lab was definitely the most dramatic part of our evening. We sat on a bed of nails, our hands were set on fire, lots of messy experiments took place and we got up close with a giant stick insect.
The elephant toothpaste experiment is always impressive.
They then set my husband's hands on fire! Don't worry, no husbands were injured during the course of this experiment. It looked pretty spectacular though. I just wish I had a better photo!
We even got to meet a Goliath Stick Insect. It was ridiculously tickly as it crawled up your arm.
We finished our tour of the galleries in Excite@Q. A wonderful hands on gallery which includes a 6m high slide, robot air hockey and a big blue tube called a Rototron. A visit to Questacon really isn't complete without a photo in the big blue tube!
Then we were treated to a dinner party with Lord Fwah and the rest of the awesome Questacon crew.
The food was lovely and the dinner entertainment was so much fun. More experiments (of course) and even more Liquid Nitrogen, including an important lesson on why you should not swallow Liquid Nitrogen! We even learnt how to create Star Wars laser gun sound effects using a metal slinky and a Styrofoam cup! Very cool!
Then all the kids were turned into blue tongue lizards! Well actually the blue dye helps to easily identify the taste buds on the tongue. The more taste buds you have the more likely you are a supertaster. Supertasters experience tastes more intensely than the rest of us and as a result can be more fussy about the foods they eat. Thankfully James is not a super taster. He eats pretty much everything!
Then it was time for a puppet show! A dinosaur puppet show featuring Mutty the Muttaburrasaurus! The show was hilarious and, of course, required audience participation. Again my wonderful husband "volunteered" to be part of the show and he had to Roar on cue. I thought he was pretty good, and I was impressed with the variety of ways he could say "Roar!" Although Emily, on the other hand, wasn't that impressed with his performance and thought he needed to roar louder. A very harsh critic indeed, but I guess that's show biz?
We found out that they sell Miracle Berries at the Questacon shop, so we went back recently and bought a packet for an upcoming party we are hosting for James.
Our amazing evening came to an end and we are now well and truly in love with the world of science! I know my iPhone photos and amateur photography skills really didn't do the experience justice. I have to admit I was having way too much fun to worry about photos all the time.
I really enjoyed seeing how the kids reacted to this experience. James absolutely loved it and was the first to volunteer for everything! He was answering questions, getting involved and having the time of his life. It was so wonderful seeing him so confident. He has even decided that he's going to be a Scientist when he grows up. Questacon, your job is done!
Emily was a little more reserved. She clung to my husband, but watched everything that went on. A few days later, when we were looking through the photos together, she really surprised me with how she described what was happening in the photos and the various experiments that took place on the night. She soaked it all in, even though she wasn't as hands on as the other kids.
Questacon is such an amazing place and is definitely worth a visit with the kids if you are in Canberra.
If you want to see more of the wonderful Canberra experiences the other humans have had, make sure you browse through the Human Brochure.
Personally, I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Visit Canberra and Questacon for such a fantastic experience. I would also like to thank Medina Serviced Apartments on Northbourne Ave, for taking such good care of my guests during their visit.