Not Back to School

30 Jan

Now that school kids are back in class, our favourite venues are safe to visit again.

All holidays Brayden has been itching to visit “Built for Speed” at the Ipswich Art Gallery, so yesterday we visited.

It was blissfully quiet, just how we like it.

The exhibition was brilliant.

You had to design a Lego vehicle

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and then test them on the slopes.

The boys spent ages readjusting their designs until they could safely make the jumps in one piece.

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Then they moved to the downstairs room and tested their designs on steeper slopes.

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The piece de resistance was the ramp that took their Lego cars up to the top of the slope on a conveyor belt.Β  The kids stood at the base of the ramp and watched their vehicles ascend to the top on the screen.

Only the sturdiest designs survived this ramp.

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Even my niece (little miss less than 2) loved this exhibition.

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She worked alongside the boys trying to put Lego pieces together.

I made her a little car to test on the ramps, which she loved.

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And when she got restless, she loved the Baby and Toddler areas.

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I was impressed to see that all children were catered for.

(Except that they need to move their elevator emergency button up out of reach.Β  Just saying.)

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Once we’d finished testing our Lego creations, we moved to the “Make a Medal” station for a bit of craft.

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While little missy enjoyed the sticky tape, my little men headed down to the “crazy tracks” and played with different speedster cars.

“Built for Speed” was an excellent exhibition.Β  But then that’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Ipswich Art Gallery.

And as for starting school…

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well we’re not ready to start back yet.

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We’re too busy having fun.


Posted by on January 30, 2015 in Field Trips, Technology


7 responses to “Not Back to School

  1. Jen in Qld

    January 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Will I see you at the Sciencentre for their human body thingy soon too then? We are going in the next few weeks before the schools start having excursions. Sorry for the lack of detail. Very tired. Maybe we can go together?! Meet up there?

    • Tracey

      January 30, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Sadly we just went today Jen. The school groups start early so don’t leave it too late.

      • Jen in Qld

        January 30, 2015 at 9:34 pm

        Ok thanks for the heads up.

  2. Petra

    January 31, 2015 at 5:01 am

    Your niece seems to be really enjoying this particular excursion. I love her braid πŸ™‚ Those ramps look super cool πŸ™‚

    • Tracey

      January 31, 2015 at 5:14 am

      I have all of these braiding skills and no little girls to use them on so I always braid her hair for her.

      • Petra

        January 31, 2015 at 5:17 am

        You clever girl – another skill to teach the boys? πŸ˜‰

  3. Jen

    January 31, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    That place looks awesome!! Now my kids want to move back to Qld πŸ˜€ I told them that Ipswich would have been too far from Caboolture but they don’t believe me πŸ˜€


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