July is Antarctica Month! | Early Start Discovery Space

July is Antarctica Month!


Throughout July, all activities in the Discovery Space will focus on the wonderful world of Antarctica to support our new Experience Antarctica: Research Vessel. Explore special activities such as Compass Hunts, Ice Cube Rescues, Heat Vision, Microscopes, Snowstorm Music & Movement, and Getting Around Antarctica, scroll down to read more!


Download our School Holidays program for the full schedule of events. In addition to our Daily Discovery Activities there are daily art workshops with our talented Education Officers and special guest shows.


July 10th – 22nd, from 9am – 3pm

Icy Animals
Use your observation skills to create Antarctic animals from different shapes! Test your drawing skills by adding details and textures.
Tuesday 10th, Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th   

Snowfall Mobiles
Examine the environment and weather of Antarctica before creating a hanging mobile to recreate the snowfall in your own home.
Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th, Saturday 21st

Make a fluffy, wintery pom-pom using simple cardboard cut-outs!
Friday 13th, Sunday 15th, Thursday 19th 

Woven Snowflakes
Every snowflake is different, and yours will be no exception! Use wool to create your own special snowflake pattern.
Saturday 14th, Friday 20th, Sunday 22nd


Wednesday 11th, 10.30am

Freezing & Frozen with the Science Space
Find out what happens when things get cold – really cold! Developed especially for the Early Start Discovery Space, see this special science show from the Science Space as we explore liquid nitrogen and H2O. *This drop in session can accomodate 50 children and 50 adults

Thursday 19th, 10am-12pm

Rangers On The Run – Undersea Touch Tank
Rangers on the Run will be coming into the Discovery Space between10am and Midday on Thursday the 19th! Hold live sea animals, examine specimen samples, and discover a large variety of marine artefacts and shells. This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with some of oceans local creatures.


11.30am & 1.30pm 

Enjoy a rolling range of Antarctica themed activities throughout the week, including:
Compass Hunt
Pick up your compass and learn to follow its directions to find the ‘South Pole’ of the Early Start Discovery Space!

Ice Cube Rescue
Some minifig explorers have gotten themselves trapped in the ice! Use your enquiry skills to question, guess, and experiment with different ways to help them get free.

Explore an entire tiny world through the lens of a microscope! Observe moss and lichen specimens to see what kind of plants grow in Antarctica, look closely and rocks from around the world, and record your findings to show your friends and family!

Heat Vision
See the world in a whole new way as we look at hot and cold things through a thermal camera! Can you hide hot and cold things from the heat vision?

Music & Movement: Snowstorm
Get up and move your whole body as we explore the weather of the Antarctic! From calm snowfall to swirling blizzards, play music and dance to experience the tundra firsthand.

Getting Around Antarctica
Build ice breakers, rafts, and snowmobiles as we explore the different ways that expeditioners get around the huge continent of Antarctica.


STORY TIME : 10am, 12pm & 2pm

  • Enjoy a delightful tale of adventure and friendship in Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Snail and the Whale’.
  • Spend some downtime making animal noises with bill Martin Jr’s and Eric Carles story, ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?’
  • Learn about the biggest animal in the kingdom with Nicola Davies ‘Big Blue Whale’.
  • Come on an adventure with Peter as he explores the first snowfall of the season in Ezra Jack Keats ‘The Snowy Day’.


Friday 6th, 10.30-11.30am

Antarctica: Field Research

Come in to the Discovery Space at 10.30am on Friday the 6th of July to welcome our brand new experience! The Shipyard has undergone a transformation into an Antarctic Research Vessel, complete with whales and penguins. To help launch the new experience, we will have guest speakers from the University, a ribbon throwing launch ceremony and a craft session making snowflakes which will help to adorn the experience for the next year.