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Early Start Discovery Space

With more than 14 interactive experiences to explore, Early Start Discovery Space is the ultimate learn-through-play centre for children (birth -10 years) and adults to enjoy together.

Located on the University of Wollongong’s main campus, the Discovery Space is open from 9am – 4pm Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays and Public Holidays.

About the experiences - You’ll be able to explore a giant stomach, design and construct a house, dig for fossils, create some art, be a train conductor, act on stage, sail a ship, crawl through a cave, play with water, make a stop-motion LEGO™ movie and so much more. View a full list of the experiences.

Programs - In addition to the experiences, the Early Start Discovery Space has a rolling program of workshops and activities including Storytime and CreARTivity (guided art and craft sessions), throughout each day, with something new happening every half hour from 9.30am – 3pm. Visit their Events Page.

Backed by research - Early Start Discovery Space experiences have been designed by University of Wollongong educators and researchers to inspire meaningful play and enhance the value that children gain through play-based experiences.

Birthday parties - Colourful party rooms are available for children’s birthday parties from Tuesday to Sunday, with two time slots to choose from. 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm. To make a booking, please contact the Early Start Discovery Space Party Coordinator on 02 4221 3777, or visit their Party Page.

Additional facilities - Gift shop and an onsite café. Opening hours Open Tuesday to Sunday 9am – 4pm. Closed Mondays and Public Holidays. 
Costs -

  • $15.00 per person
  • Under 12 months – free
  • Memberships and concessions available
  • Half price entry after 2pm
  • FREE and paid workshops/activities
School and group bookings welcome

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  • Address

    Early Start Discovery Space, Building 21, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong NSW 2522
  • Phone Number

    +61 2 4221 3777
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