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After years of preparations and some of the most intense regeneration ever done in Malta, Friday 28th October marks the opening date of the highly anticipated Esplora Interactive Science Centre at Bighi in Kalkara.

The Centre promises to be a unique visitor attraction, offering a very enjoyable experience that will make science more appealing and fun for everyone.

For this significant milestone day, a diverse entertainment programme is being prepared for everyone’s enjoyment free of charge. This will all take place in the sprawling public areas outside with magnificent Grand Harbour views.

Tickets to visit the exhibit areas inside the Centre will be against normal fees (€6.00 adults and €3.00 for children under twelve), to ensure that adequate crowd control can be maintained throughout the day.

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Ivan Grech – Winter Moods

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Face painting

The free access programme starts with activities in different areas including face painting for children, balloon modelling, close-up magic shows and juggling. Concurrently through the evening, stage shows are planned spread out over five main areas as follows:

Plaza Area

17:30 – 19:00 – Kimberley Manicaro & band
19:00 – 20:30 – Ozzy Lino & band
20:30 – 21:00 – Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Percussion Ensemble
21:00 – 21:30 – The Chemistry of Temptation (Part 1) – Stand-up Comedy Science Show by Malcolm Galea
21:30 – 22:00 – Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Percussion Ensemble
22:00 – 22:30 – The Chemistry of Temptation (Part 2) – Stand-up Comedy Science Show by Malcolm Galea
22:30 – 23:00 – Ivan Grech (Winter Moods) Concert
00:00 – Grand Finale Fireworks Display
THE VILLA
13:00 – 20:00 – MCAST Students Showcase Exhibition open to the public
ACTIVITY CENTRE
The science of whisky making, wine making and beer making will be explained throughout the afternoon and evening.
PLAYSCAPE
21:00 – 22:30 – The Travellers in Concert
VIEWING POINT
Lounge chillout area
Night time observation sessions with the Malta Astronomical Society

Away from all this activity going on outside, a ticket into Esplora would get the visitor inside the main building where the main exhibit halls are spread out on three floors accessible via lifts or the impressive helical staircase.

Once inside, visitors may interact with cutting-edge installations that deal with different aspects of science, from Electricity and Magnetism to Forces and Motion, Human Biology, Music, Media and much more. Each exhibit has been constructed to be handled directly by visitors of all ages and one thing you will never see at Esplora is signs saying “do not touch”. Here everyone is encouraged to touch, feel and use the exhibits in a hands-on, body-on, mind-on approach we’re really not used to seeing in such venues. The basement level of the main building is intended for explorers aged eight and under; and includes ball machines and an art machine, leading onto the garden for more exploration and safe outdoor fun.

This is just little of all that Esplora will be offering on the opening date of 28th October and when it opens for general visitors as from Tuesday 1st November. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more updates, or call 2360 2138 during office hours.