For years I wanted to take the children to Sci Bono but didn’t get around to it. This school holiday I found out that they were running a Space adventures holiday program. It looked like something that Fjord and Acacia would enjoy (and they did).
The first session was a craft activity where the children made Kaleidoscopes using mirrors and toilet rolls. From that session we went to the planetarium (additional cost R10 each), a tent like dome where planets and stars are projected above you. We had to slip out before the end so as not to miss the robotic rovers session.
We had a light lunch at the café on the ground floor. While waiting for our food the children played at the Murray & Roberts construction area. This proved to be an interesting microcosm of human behaviour. The children could be broken into 2 groups those who love to build and those who delight in tearing down.
Last was the rocket science session. A very dynamic lady explained different means of propulsion linking to Newton’s 3rd law “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” 3 Different rockets were experimented with, the children had most fun with the last activity outside pumping air into bottles containing a little water, which then shot high into the sky.
We were at Sci Bono for just over 5 hours which passed in a flash. The total cost was R314. Entry R140 for 2 adults and 2 children. R60 for activities and the planetarium and R114 for lunch. This was exceptional value. Not only did we have a fun educational day, there were still sections which we didn’t even look at. A few years ago we visited the KZN science centre at Gateway in Umhlanga, many of the science stations were the same, I believe that the KZN Science centre has now moved to the old airport. I will be looking out for programs running during future school holidays.