I’m not usually drawn to the idea of space travel but during the pandemic it has, at times, seemed a reasonable option. Children, adults and billionaires are intrinsically curious about what is beyond our planet. If you’re one of those people, you’ll love Neighbourhood Earth. The exhibition is housed in the International Convention Centre (ICC) at Darling Harbour so it’s accessible to all.
NEIGHBOURHOOD EARTH – WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE SYDNEY
Neighbourhood Earth is an award-winning, multi-sensory, immersive space experience, combining cutting edge technology with the latest in science, to tell the story of space exploration. Neighbourhood Earth has toured around the world and has now landed in Sydney for its Australian premiere. After lockdown we are keen to be immersed in new experiences. We’ve been doing our best to get Braeden out and about as safely as possible. We are pleased to say the Covid-safe measures at Neighbourhood Earth, combined with the large venue, made us feel fairly safe.
Neighbourhood Earth was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and NASA’s George C. Marshall.
Models, spacecraft, tools, astronaut suits and a large cinematic experience combine to give visitors a greater understanding of space travel and previous mission achievements.
As always, Braeden was the most interested in the interactive elements of the exhibition.
Braeden particularly liked the rocket launch pads. Due to my concerns about him touching surfaces we just watched but you can participate in this and there are plenty of hand santiser stations throughout to clean your hands.
My interest in travelling to another planet was improved with the knowledge that I’d weigh less on Mars. A true bonus in my eyes.
Tables are set up with colouring in print outs for everyone to enjoy. Visitors are encouraged to complete a picture and with a bit of space magic a projector launches your character into space. Braeden’s is the big astronaut in the middle.
This exhibition will be a hit with anyone with an interest in space. There are elements that will be more suited to children and others to adults. In my opinion there is something for everyone but I’d say children 7 and up will get more out of it. Any children studying space at school will really benefit from a visit
Our family was hosted for our visit but as always our opinions are our own..
Neighbourhood Earth is open now until 25 January. You can read more about it on the Neighbourhood Earth website.
NEIGHBOURHOOD EARTH – ACCESSIBILITY
We found the Neighbourhood Earth exhibition to have great access and plenty of space to socially distance. We visited on a Monday afternoon at around 2pm and it was really quite. Weekday pricing is also more favourable.
Exhibits are easy to access and there is lift access through the ICC.
A Changing Places bathroom facility is available within the ICC and there are several unisex accessible bathrooms close to the exhibition too.
The Australian Companion Card is accepted and a concession rate (if applicable) is available.