What do you think the kids would say if you suggested they spend Sunday studying science?
Yeah, it probably wouldn't go down well even though STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are pretty much the flavours of the day. But tell the kids that you are heading to South Bank for a day at the Regional Flavours Festival and the reaction is likely to be far more positive. Food, free entertainment and workshops for both adults and kids make the annual event one of the highlights on the annual calendar. We decided to stroll down the hill and check it out. Charles make a bee-line to the massive array of food tents all featuring food sourced locally. But the inner child in me had me head to the Little Days Out area. Kids were busy on craft activities such as making Very Hungry Caterpillars and free plantings until the Street Science Show started up. From finding out how a disposable nappy absorbs water to learning how liquid nitrogen can make instant ice cream, Science Steve and Science Jess had the crowd eating out of their hands. For the really little ones, it probably looked like stage magic but older kids learned about the properties of solids and gases and the chemical reactions responsible for making fireworks glow plus a lot more.
And when that was over, there was more craft, more science experiments and all those food stalls to check out. That's a scientific formula for a great day out.