The Antarctic Futures team have partnered with the Early Start Discovery Space‘s team of educators to bring Antarctica to young families, in particular during National Science Week (13-21 August 2022) and Book Week (20-26 August 2022).

Through hands-on learning activities, storytelling, science shows, interactive play, the Antarctic Research Vessel and more, children and their parents will discover many aspects why Antarctica is an incredible place. Artefacts, photos and films from scientists who have visited and worked in Antarctica are also on display. Keep updated via their website and social media channels for special Q&A sessions and workshop dates.

The Early Start workshops involve creative making activities, devoting a fortnight to each of the following themes:

    • What is Antarctica?
    • Getting to Antarctica: what does the trip actually involve?  What is living there like?
    • Antarctic life: explores issues of climate change and the instability of Antarctic environmental systems.
    • Antarctic Futures: creative efforts to imagine Antarctic futures.


These interactive activities and workshops are free after entry and will run at the Early Start Discovery Space early learning centre, which is just across the road from the UOW Gallery (here’s how to get to Early Start).

See their Events page for more information about the exciting Antarctic experiences lined up over the coming weeks.

CONGRATULATIONS to winners of the Antarctic Futures survey competition, which was held over the September/October school holidays:

F Tortorici S Manojlovic N Lum
K Anderson M Elphick L Hickey
M Egbers L Loau V Schmelitschek
J Pellegrino

These lucky people have either won Early Start Discovery Space or Science Space Family memberships valid for 12 months. Winners have been contacted by email.