Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

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venue Cnr Miriam Makeba and President St
time 9am to 4.30pm Daily.
Weekday Birthday parties: 2pm to 4pm
Weekend Birthday parties: 10am to 12noon & 2pm to 4pm.
Public holidays excl Christmas
cost R20 adults
R10 children.
Parties: call for details
age All ages

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

World Class interactive science museum offering science & technology programmes for general public & schools. Also Birthday party & conference venues. Read review by photographer Jeanette Verster of The Coolest Science Museum in Jozi. All photos on this page have been taken by Jeanette.

Winners of the 2009/2010 National Science and Technology Award for innovative science communication to a mass audience, the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is the largest science centre in Southern Africa offering over 300 world class science exhibits.

Our collection of interactive exhibits housed in the Old Electric Workshop in Newtown Johannesburg provides hours of fun for kids and adults of all ages to discover, explore and play with science and technology. From LEGO pits and mini-construction sites to understanding the principles of electromagnetism, the exhibits cater for curious minds of all ages.

Do visit the Science of Soccer – the World’s first completely soccer themed science exhibit developed by Sci-Bono and built in South Africa.

Interactive workshops 2015

Sci-Bono offers kids of all ages the chance to get their hands dirty and explore the wonders of science through hands-on, interactive workshops. Book one of the following workshops for your school visit during the first term:
1.My First Chemistry Class (Grade 1-3): Enjoy this selection of fun and engaging chemistry experiments. Learn about density, the properties of air, basic chemical reactions and more. Experience chemistry come to life and discover the excitement of being a chemist.

2.Peanut Power (Grade 4 – 6): How much energy is in a peanut? Discover how you can release the potential energy stored in a peanut to heat a container of water. It’s all about energy conversion and transfer!

3.The Truth about Vitamins (Grade 4-6): Do apples have more vitamin C than bananas? Test different types of fruits and compare their vitamin C content while exploring the importance of vitamin C in our diet.

4.Does Matter Matter? (Grade 4-6): What makes matter useful? Explore the properties of different materials to determine their usefulness for particular applications. Students will also investigate various methods to separate mixtures.

5.Polymer Science (Grade 7-9): What makes a polymer special? And what do we use them for? Find out this and more as we explore the world of Polymers. Students will learn about the process of Polymerization and get to synthesize their own polymer.

6.Acid Mine Drainage (Grade 7-9): Explore acids and bases using various indicators and learn about Acid Mine Drainage. What is it, how does it form and what impact does it have on our environment?

The Light Side of Life (Grade 4 -12):
In celebration of the International Year of Light and Light Based Technologies we explore the properties of light and waves. This scintillating science show will unravel the mysteries of light through a collection of exciting demonstrations which explore, amongst others, fluorescence, lasers and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Science Themed Birthday Party

Celebrate your childs birhtday at Sci-Bono with hours of fun in a world class science centre.All birthday parties include:
• A guided tour of the centre,
• A 15 minute science show,
• A dedicated party co-ordinator,
• A free science gift for the birthday child
• 2 hours in the birthday party venue and
• Free entrance to the centre for all party guests.

We cater for children from age 3 – 12. For children aged 8 – 12 yrs, the guided tour of the centre can be substituted for a Treasure Hunt. The party venue accommodates a maximum of 50 people, including parents.

Science Party Packs can be purchased through Experilab, to make an order contact Charmaine at

Callum’s Coffee shop at Sci-Bono can be contacted to assist with catering requirements. To find out more, please contact Allan Pillay at

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