I took the twins to Science Alive at the Royal Adelaide Showgrounds today. It’s the second time we’ve been to this annual expo, now in its seventh year.
There’s a rolling program of half-hour shows in one of the pavilions, and we saw magic and chemistry. The magic was pitched to a juvenile audience, as you’d expect, and it doesn’t take much to impress kids. It was entertaining enough, however.
The chemistry show caught their attention, with gases exploding and chemical reactions producing different-colored liquids.
There were lots of exhibits. We tasted cheese and received an explanation about the maturity of different varieties producing the unique taste. Older cheese is more mellow.
Maggie made butter and both twins tasted strawberry sherbet.
We all sampled some desalinated water.
James wasn’t that enthralled, but Maggie could have stayed for a couple more hours. She took part in a circus presentation, where kids rotated through several different acrobatic activities. Being a gymnast it was all pretty easy for her.
Despite James losing some interest, it was a couple of hours well spent, with admission free for the kids and just $10 for me.
It wasn’t easy to take photos or video among the crowd, but I captured this audio (below) of the chemistry presentation by the University of Adelaide and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. The second bang had the kids jumping.