Nurturing a love affair with science from early on
24th February 2016

Scifest Africa, South Africa’s National Science Festival, will take place in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape from 2-8 March 2016. This year the festival has a number of events tailored for small children, because you are never too young to begin your love affair with science. After all, it is all around you!

Scikids is the first introduction to science for our younger visitors at Scifest Africa where pre-schoolers and Foundation Phase learners are introduced to science through play. Scikids takes place on 2-4, 7, and 8 March at the City Hall, in High Street from 09h00-10h3, 11h30-13h00 and 14h00-15h30.

Activity zones allow children to role play as scientists in order to gain a better understanding of concepts, topics and processes of thinking in scientific disciplines, while providing an experiential base and motivation for further activity learning.

Discover our Universe and learn about the basic principles of astronomy in Journey to the Stars. This inflatable planetarium from SAASTA is a perfect way for children to learn about the Universe, galaxy and solar system. This activity zone will be on show at City Hall as well as at the Albany Science Museum during the festival. See our programme for further details.

Set your imagination alight with Kids’ Dig, where children encouraged to grab safety gear and tools, start digging to unearth historical artefacts and fossils, and help tell the story of the geological, paleontological and archaeological past of Grahamstown. This is sure to spark interest in those that are adventure driven.

For the creative mind, the Cardboard Challenge and Denel Paper Aeroplane Competition is a must. The Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event that invites the world to build anything awesome out of cardboard and recycled materials. The challenge aims to instil creative thinking and foster a community of creative makers, introduce social entrepreneurship at a young age, and use storytelling to celebrate exceptional children and inspire communities. In the Denel Paper Aeroplane Competition, learn more about the aviation industry, from aircraft design and maintenance to careers in aviation and make your own paper aeroplane, of course!

Why not join us for a Science Picnic in the Park on Saturday, 5 March from 10h00-13h00. Bring a basket and blanket and join our Scifest Africa 2016 contributors for a day of interactive, playful and fun science activities in Grahamstown’s Botanical Gardens, including arts and crafts, a discovery trail, games, live entertainment, science demonstrations, and workshops.

And for those that suffer from serious FOMO (ask your children what that is), attend the daily Sunset Shows to see what Scifest Africa has on offer and join our top science show presenters for your daily barrel of laughs.

Scifest Africa is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology. Lookout for the electronic programme available at and Bookings are open on 0860 002 004 or


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