Discovery’s Alissa Van Soest and lion Lennon Logan.

From explosive special effects to cutting edge virtual reality, movie making has always been a blend of art, creativity and science and technology.

This school holidays, Discovery is taking visitors behind the scenes to experience special effects, and to have a hands on experience with virtual reality, stop motion film making and 3D printing.

Three special activities are planned from Tuesday, April 3 to make Movie Magic a memorable visit.

Learn about the science of cinema and the tech of effects in Movie Magic Science Show.

Demonstrations, audience participation and gags suitable for all ages will take you behind the scenes and de-mystify movie magic.

It’s on twice daily at noon and 2pm.

Are we alone in the universe? In Aliens! Planetarium Show we search space for clues of life in other worlds – a child friendly documentary looking for answers you won’t find in Hollywood blockbusters.

This runs three times a day: at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

Discovery is working with Bendigo Tech School to give you a hands-on experience with virtual reality, stop motion animation and 3D printing.

Join our volunteers to try these fun activities for the whole family in The Lab from 11am until 3pm.

April is the first school holiday for families with children under six to experience Kaleidoscope, rebuilt specifically with early fun, exploration and learning in mind.

And the perennial favourite, the Discovery Vertical Slide will be open three times a day to let you experience gravity in a way you may never have before.

It’s open at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.