March is Animal Month! | Early Start Discovery Space

March is Animal Month!


Throughout the month of March we will be exploring the animal kingdom in all it’s feathery, furry and scaley wonder!

All activities in the Discovery Space will focus on the creatures we share the planet with including themed daily creARTivity, Story Time & Music. Plus, we have an extensive program of invited guests, experts and their animals to see in the flesh and learn about in depth. There will be the chance to watch Assistance Dogs Australia pups show off their skills, observe the cheeky Marmoset monkeys, get your hands wet in aquatic touch tanks, hear about ocean life and sustainable fishing and so much more!

Check the list below as some activities require pre-booking and be sure to download our calendar here so you don’t miss a thing.


Friday 16th March
Meet the Marmosets
Watch Tao & Aztec and their marmoset friends play and interact in their special South American Rainforest enclosure and hear all about their lives from the GET WILD keepers. Please note, children are unable to handle the animals.
Location: Party Room 2
Times: 30 minute sessions from 10.00am – 1.00pm
Ages: 2+ years
Cost: $5 per child book here **

Saturday 17th March
Fantastic Feathered Friends
Get to know all about Squawk the Red Tail Black Cockatoo, Tracey the Tawny Frogmouth and Delta the Barn Owl and a host of bird buddies. Observe and learn from our friends at GET WILD with ‘roving’ animals and a display aviary.
Location: Party Room 2
Times: 30 minute sessions starting from 10am – 1.00pm
Ages: 2+ years
Cost: $5 per child book here **


Thursday 8th & 15th March
Animal Symphony
Wollongong Conservatorium
Inspired by the iconic Carnival of the Animals composition, we’ll listen, move and play music to some of your favourite animals…chooks, lions, birds and elephants, plus a few more…tweet, tweet!”
Location: Briefing Room
Times:     11.00 – 11.30am
Cost:       Free after entry* 

Sunday 11th March
Natives Up Close
Australian Wildlife Displays
Meet a menagerie of native Australian animals including python’s, frogs, lizards, baby crocodile, possums and birds. Participants will hear the rangers explain all about the animals, interact with them and have the chance to ask their burning questions.
Location: Party Room Gardens
Times:     10.30 – 12.30
Cost:     Free after entry* 

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th March
Hero Hounds
Assistance Dogs Australia
Fetch your loved ones and sit down with a trained assistance dog who’ll demonstrate all the amazing things they can do to help people with disabilities. Plus, get safety tips for children interacting with dogs.
Location: The Pod
Times:     3 x 40 minute sessions // 11:30, 12:30 & 1.30pm
Cost:       Free after entry*

Thursday 22nd & Sunday 25th March
Under the Sea
Rangers on the Run
A wonderful introduction to the marine world; see and touch live animals and ocean artefacts with direction and information from Rangers.
Location: The Pod
Times:     Drop in from 10am – 12pm
Cost:       Free after entry*

Friday 23rd March
Fishy Business
Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries
Explore some incredible underwater animals, learn about responsible fishing, and meet the Fisheries mascot, Snappy the Crab!
Times:      Drop in all day from 10am
Cost:        Free after entry*

* Free sessions will operate on a first come basis. No booking required.
Numbers will be limited to ensure a safe, comfortable experience.
** Cost is additional to entry price.