Gone are the days when learning about science meant reading a text book and then watching a teacher do the experimenting while you sat at a safe distance. Thankfully, science is now a hands-on learning experience at school and in the numerous science museums that have sprung up around the UK. Take advantage of it this science week and get the kids excited about science with a trip to one of the UK science museums on our list.
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- Eureka, Halifax
Originally known as The Children’s Museum, this is a dedicated learning playground full of over 400 interactive exhibits in six zones.
- Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow
Features three floors of over 300 exhibits, including the famous BodyWorks exhibition which takes you on an interactive tour of the inner workings of the body. There’s also a soft play area for children under seven and special activities and workshops for three to five-year-olds every month.
- National Space Centre, Leicester
With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, the award-winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience. It also plays host to the annual Brickish Weekend in March, when the whole building is filled with huge LEGO creations, including a whole gallery dedicated to LEGO space, with huge LEGO builds of real and fictional craft.
- Life Science Centre, Newcastle
A really family friendly, interactive museum with a planetarium and 4D experience ride. The Experiment Zone lets kids get stuck in by using real tools and materials to carry out experiments while the Curiosity Zone gives them the chance to ask questions and make their own discoveries.
- Techniquest Science Discovery Centre, Cardiff
The longest-established science centre in the UK, here you can play a giant keyboard, create your shadow in colour, launch a hot-air balloon, fire a rocket and explore over 150 interactive puzzles and experiments. It’s also one of the cheaper of the museums we found, at just £8 for adults and £6.50 for children if you purchase tickets in advance online.
- The Big Bang Fair, 13 – 16 March 2019, NEC, Birmingham
Not strictly a museum, but we couldn’t cover things to do for British Science Week without mentioning this annual immersive, exciting combination of theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals. Bonus – weekend tickets are free to families, but register quick before they go!