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Questacon + school holidays = hell

By MWF - 22 April 2009 46

Look, I knew Questacon during school holidays would be crowded and hot. Have BTDT. What I had forgotten about were the feral children. The kids that run around all the exhibits without a parent in sight. The 3 and 4 year olds who come and slap the buttons on the exhibit thing my family and I were using and thinking about.

Why are 3 and 4 year olds running about unsupervised in the first place?  Where were the parents of the little snot that came and actually climbed onto the exhibit my9 year old was reading about and using and then slapped all the buttons and wrecked the entire experiment? Ultimately I said to my 9 year old: Let’s give up because this little snot is never going to give up.

Oh and groups of unsupervised 8-10 year old snots running like  a herd of elephants through the rooms and up and down the ramps. I wanted to have a 3 year old tantrum myself.

Never have I been at Questacon and heard an announcement reminding the children not to run. Heard it 3 times today.

Thank God that school holiday experience has been and gone. At least the kids don’t want to go swimming – all the bloody pools are closed I hear.

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46 Responses to
Questacon + school holidays = hell
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 2:43 pm 22 Apr 09

Ha! I was an Explainer for most of the 90’s!

BerraBoy68 2:22 pm 22 Apr 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Who’s seen that Tidbinbilla kid’s adventure park area lately? Bloody fantastic!

I take the family there a lot VY. A top place although I would like them to fence off the massive rock with the 30+ foot drop nearby. I get nervous wathing 9 year old kids standing up there by themeselves.

As for Questacon, I worked there for about three years in the late 80’s – early 90’s (the exact dates escape me). The place simply invites kids jumping onto exhibits, not queueing up, etc. and parents should exercise some control over their kids. Take it as a given that the ‘Explainers’ (i.e. volunteeer staff in the galleries) don’t see it as their job to control the masses. They see their job as just explaining the exhibits. in my day we used to aheva ful tiem staff member rostered on just to walk around controlling the kids, stopping fights and kids running.

We became members of the place earlier this year and always make sure our kids behave, while still having fun (it is possible) and you just have to pick your moment to go.

hellspice 12:07 pm 22 Apr 09

harvyk1 said :

Remember, there are cases where homicide is justifiable.

There is nothing that gives me the sh*t’s more than parents who do not keep their kids in check, if my daughter acted like that she’d be very sorry and regreting it for weeks after, and no, I don’t think I’m too strict.

bring back the death penalty – kids and parents !

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:14 am 22 Apr 09

Who’s seen that Tidbinbilla kid’s adventure park area lately? Bloody fantastic!

grunge_hippy 10:35 am 22 Apr 09

im with you V8…we went last year for a school trip and it was the same crappy exhibits that were there when i was a youngun. its in need of a major upgrade.

must have been the same ferals that were at monkey mania at DFO last saturday! it was a gorgeous spring day, and people were inside, paying a ridiculous amount of money for kids to play inside. My excuse, daughter was at a birthday party, but i have never spent a more hellish 2 hours in my life! I saw someone i work with, and she said they have spent hours in the place (by choice!) to entertain the kids! take them out to tidbinbilla park or something similiar than locking them up inside. ugh.

sorry, went off topic….

Inappropriate 10:15 am 22 Apr 09

You’re assuming the parents are even in the building…

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:58 am 22 Apr 09

The biggest shame about Questacon is that the quality of the exhibits has really dropped over the past few years. Part of the reason the children run ferally now is because there’s little sense of wonder as to what you see there now.

harvyk1 9:35 am 22 Apr 09

Remember, there are cases where homicide is justifiable.

There is nothing that gives me the sh*t’s more than parents who do not keep their kids in check, if my daughter acted like that she’d be very sorry and regreting it for weeks after, and no, I don’t think I’m too strict.

Swaggie 9:32 am 22 Apr 09

Took the Swagettes there last week and we had a great day, no ferals and no announcements so I guess you were just unlucky. It sounds like they had a couple of kids birthday parties in the place from what you say.

BenMac 9:27 am 22 Apr 09

& what on earth does “BTDT” mean?

Been there, done that.

Danman 9:14 am 22 Apr 09

Storm….Teacup….

You even said You knew it would be crowded and hot, been there done that.

What did you expect, all the little kiddies lined up like ants marching a’la The Wall style, before the childhood revolution, or more like after ?

Either way, stupid is what stupid does.

When we took my niece, we heard the no running announcements – that was late last year.

weeziepops 9:06 am 22 Apr 09

Awaiting catty remark from Woody – don’t disappoint me…

justbands 9:03 am 22 Apr 09

> At least the kids don’t want to go swimming – all the bloody pools are closed I hear.

Huh? I was planning on going at lunchtime.

& what on earth does “BTDT” mean?

Thumper 8:57 am 22 Apr 09

I love zoos.

LlamaFrog 8:48 am 22 Apr 09

Sounds like another day at Questacon

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