hello, I'm darren

I’m a passionate science presenter who loves getting kids excited and having fun with science (and learning at the same time)

in sydney and surrounds

We provide fun, engaging and educational science activities for

Preschools birthday parties vacation Care Child Care Centres

Are you looking for hands on science activities that engage and excite young minds?
Then you’re in the right place.

Whether it be for preschools, vacation care, or children’s birthdays, Young Scientists have been providing captivating experiences for young audiences for over 20 years.  We know science, and we know how to engage children.

Why young scientists?

We love working with children, and seeing the smile on their faces as they accomplish or share what they have discovered – its why we do what we do

Something you didn’t
know about me


I have a child named after a comet

Can you guess which comet?


I’m a musician who Performs science

Check it out here and here!


I’m a published author in science

Check out this recent published article.


I've been presenting science for 20+ years

I have presented science to over 100,000 students / teachers across every state / territory in Australia.


Oh yeah - I'm a science nerd

As a certified science nerd and a qualified teacher, I love seeing children discover new things through science.

Exciting kids with science since 2000

Booking a science session is easy


Head to the contact page and fill in the form with the desired dates for your preschool, child’s birthday party or vacation care science session. 


We’ll get back to you within 2 days confirming availability and requesting further details so we can select which science activities are going to be the most exciting and appropriate for your group.


On the day, we’ll arrive on time and with everything we need for the science presentation. And after an engaging, interactive science presentation, we’ll pack up, clean up, and be on our way.

Meet Darren

your mad scientist

A friend once said to me, “You’re a scientist and teacher – can you do a science party for my child?”

I’m a qualified teacher, have worked as a scientist, a science communicator, have presented to hundreds of thousands of students across preschools, primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, and delivered professional development sessions to teachers across Australia…

But it had never occurred to me to run a child’s science party. I was young and not particularly entrepreneurial, but I did have a passion for making science fun and exciting for young minds – so I agreed to do the party.

After a series of activities that were fun, safe, not too messy, and most importantly, had the kids captivated, involved and engaged in science – it was a huge success.

Word got around, requests flew in, and not long after, Young Scientists Birthday Parties was born.

After starting my own family, with my youngest in preschool, the preschool director asked if I could bring my science activities to the centre, and there began preschool science presentations.

Since starting 20 years ago as the original science party presenter, I’ve watched thousands of children’s faces light up as they experience hands on science and walk away feeling a sense of achievement and a new passion sparked.




Our early learners science workshops are a fun, educational and sensory experience for your preschoolers, run by a trained educator and real mad scientists. We have 20 hands-on activities that allow children to explore the joy of science through play, wonder and discovery.  

Ready for some engaging science activities for preschoolers?


Make sure your child’s party is one to remember with a science birthday party, run by a real mad scientist. With over 20 years experience running science parties – we know how to make your kids science party unforgettable with an engaging, hands on, real science experience. 

Need 20 kids captivated and entertained for 90 minutes? That’s a job for a mad scientist. 


Need something to mix things up over the school holiday period? Inspire your Young Scientists with a series of hands-on, real science activities that they get to make, and even take home. We have a series of workshops, run by a trained educator and real mad scientist.

Perfect for Vacation and After-school Care, OOSH, Libraries, Scout Groups and Public Events.

learning by doing

We’d love to help you get science happening with your children

Call or email us your enquiry and we can work through your specific requirements to create an engaging science party or presentation for your children.

We’ll get back to you within in 2 days (we may be busy during the day at a school exciting young scientists!)