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Royal Show education and fun at the DECD Learning Centre

Friday, September 4, 2015

Science busking, student clown troupes and the opportunity to feed baby animals are just some of the highlights at the DECD Learning Centre, which opens at The Royal Adelaide Show today.

DECD Director Operations, Kim Hebenstreit said the DECD Learning Centre, which is now in its 31st year at the show, is bigger and better than ever.

“This year, alongside mainstay favourites like baby animal feeding and performances by some of South Australia’s talented young people, we have introduced a brand new science area featuring live science busking, hands-on experiments and interactive exhibits,” Mr Hebenstreit said.

“Putting children and families in touch with nature is also a key theme, with Nature Play SA providing natural items for children to build things with including seedpods, wooden blocks, sticks, stones, bark and leaves.

“For those wanting to get their hands dirty, there will be garden beds showcasing plants that can be used in play spaces.

“Baby chickens, piglets, lambs, calves will also be at the centre providing a hands-on experience in feeding and petting baby animals.

“As well as providing fun, education experiences, the DECD Learning Centre offers an opportunity to get a few minutes away from the noise and clamour of the rides and showbag pavilion.

“With all activities provided free of charge I encourage all families to stop by and join in the fun.”

Additional highlights include:

  • Ocean View College’s clown troupe and aerobics and hip-hop teams will showcase routines.
  • ‘Rhyme Time’ – a show presented by the Little Big Book Club with parents encouraged to sing along with their children. 
  • There will also cow milking, sheep shearing and baby animal feeding.

The DECD Learning Centre can be found at the Old Ram Shed on the Western Boulevard. It will be open Friday 4 September to Sunday 13 September 2015, 9am – 5.30pm.