The AIS (Australian Institute of Sports) trains national and international level athletes in Olympic standard conditions, and welcomes families to not only learn about the sporting triumphes in national history but as part of an AIS tour actively engage in many of the activities.
Interactive offerings include the wheelchair basketball, virtual downhill skiing, rock climbing and football penalty shootouts, as well as user friendly equipment like ball skills testers and reaction timers. It makes it a much more entertaining trip for kids and is generally suited to those of primary school age and up though younger ones will still get something out of it.
It’s not all about the sports hero worship, though there’s plenty of that, a large section on Sports Science opens up a more intellectual level that will help engage the not so sporty kids too. It’s worth noting that every tour is guided by an established athlete, who is always happy to answer kids’ questions as they go around.