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Early Start Discovery Space

Where Curious Minds Play! Australia's only dedicated children's museum and the worlds first on a university campus!



Building 21, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue
Keiraville, New South Wales, 2500

Sail the seas, play in an outdoor mud kitchen, build and create with LEGO and blocks, explore a cave – plus so many more hands-on experiences. Perfect for children (birth – 10 years) and parents to enjoy together.

The Discovery Space is the ultimate learn-through-play experience, located on the University of Wollongong's main campus, open seven days a week from 9am – 1pm during school terms and 9am to 3:30pm during school holidays. Closed some Public Holidays.

We are open (nearly!) everyday of the April School Holidays from 9am to 3:30pm. See our events page here for more details.

About our Experiences
With 17 creative and interactive experiences and numerous smaller Encounters, you'll be able to explore our two outdoor adventure gardens, construct with small and big blocks, dig for fossils, become an artist, be a train conductor, act on stage, sail a ship, crawl through a cave, play with water, and so much more! View a full list of the experiences.

In addition to the experiences, the Early Start Discovery Space has a program of workshops and activities delivered by qualified Educators, including daily Discovery Activities sessions, art and storytime. Visit our Events Page for upcoming workshops and activities.

BIG NEWS! Early Start Discovery Space is a registered Creative Kids provider, which means you can use your $100 voucher towards a Discovery Space Creative Kids membership and selected workshops! Learn more - CLICK HERE

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.

Opening days
We are open seven days a week! Closed some Public Holidays.

Opening hours during school term
Weekday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Weekend: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Opening hours during school holidays:
Weekday: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Weekend: 9:00am – 3:30pm


  • $15.00 per person
  • Under 12 months – free
  • Memberships and concessions available
  • FREE and paid workshops/activities
  • School and group bookings welcome
  • Buy your tickets online HERE

Where to find the Early Start Discovery Space - CLICK HERE

Additional facilities
Gift shop and an onsite café.

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