The SensAtion Gallery has arrived in East Perth with a unique multi-room and multi-sensory experience that the whole family can enjoy. There are 20 individual exhibits spread out over 5 different rooms, which have been designed and related to experience each of your different senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
The first place to start is at the ticket office, which is on the corner of Hay St and De Vlamingh Ave, East Perth. You’ll be given a wristband which allows you access to all of the 5 exhibition rooms. You can explore everything at your own pace and order, spending as long or as little as you like at each spot. The 5 rooms run down the length of De Vlamingh Ave, and you are free to come and go as you please.
We started off in Room 1 which has a wall of art that interacts with a free downloadable phone app. Mr 3 enjoyed pointing my phone at each piece of artwork and discovering the hidden animation. He thought it was a bit magical! This room also featured a neon sign wall and a “save the turtles” set up. Mr 3 also had a few games on the retro arcade games that were there (free to use).
Room 2 was by far the favourite of the day for Mr 3, with a giant ball pit filled with beautiful blue, green and white balls, and a few large inflatables. It was pretty hard to drag him away from here, and we ended up coming back 3(!!) times so he could have another go at swimming through the balls.
The next room, Room 3, gave us the opportunity to take a moment to lay back and relax (well as much as you can with a 3 year old) with several different sized hammocks around the room. There were also headphones streaming relaxation music, to be used while laying back in the hammocks.
Another favourite was Room 5, with a silent disco set up. Mr 3 boogied away for a good 10 minutes and loved watching the floor light up with his movement. The room also featured a play kitchen, an opportunity to apply some glitter makeup and a few other art installations.
A few of the installations are geared towards getting that perfect Insta-worthy photo and have ring lights and phone holders setup to aid you.
All in all, we had a fun morning out and ended up spending 2 hours exploring the SensAtion Gallery.
At $20 entry per adult, $10 for kids, and kids under 5 free - this is a fairly affordable and different way to spend a couple of hours out with the kids. Just the amount of fun and time Mr 3 spent in the ball pit was worth it alone.
Quite a few of the rooms were decorated with fairy lights, which I think would make it extra special to visit at night time and add an extra layer to the sensory experience. Info about night sessions can be found at the website below.
Some additional tips:
Sensation Gallery runs Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm until 22nd December 2019 - Extended from 7th - 25th January 2020, with evening sessions on the 6th, 13th & 20th December also. See website (link below) for session information.
More information: www.sensationgallery.com.au
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Review by Kids Around Perth Reporter Candice, 4th December 2019
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