See snakes, liquid nitrogen and a whole lot of science in Castle Hill this month

Roll up, roll up for the third instalment of the Amazing Science Circus open weekend at The Powerhouse Discovery Centre in Castle Hill.

The centre is celebrating National Science Week with the theme ‘Feeding Our Future: The Science of Food’, on August 16 and 17.

Centre manager Christopher Snelling said weekend will be full of family friendly science with a little bit of circus fun thrown in.

‘‘Budding scientists can test their skills to design and make a balloon powered hovercraft and indulge in a taste of liquid nitrogen ‘chocolate’ ice cream,’’ he said.

‘‘They can also meet Dural’s own ‘ecowarrior’ and recent film documentary star [Rise of The Eco Warriors] Ben Dessen and some of his Sydney Wildlife friends.

When asked why it’s important for children to learn about science, Mr Snelling referred to late Australian science communicator Julius Sumner Miller.

‘‘So that the next generation can better understand the world we live in and ‘why it’s so’,’’ he said.

Other things on offer include kitchen chemistry workshops, a science challenge, watch a Circaholics Anonymous performance and a talk and demonstration by a bee expert.

The centre is open from 10am-4pm and admission costs $8 for adults, $5 for children/concession. Free for children under three years.

Details: The Powerhouse Discovery Centre, 9762 1300.