When it comes to entertaining the children, the UK is filled with attractions, sights and opportunities for great days out. Some can be costly, others are free of charge. There is an increasing number of science exhibits that provide great family experiences but also have plenty of educational value too. This article describes a few exhibits and days out guaranteed to please.
Cornwall’s Eden Project is an iconic series of biodomes which house numerous types of plants sourced worldwide. Opened in 2001, the Project is visited by tens of thousands of visitors annually, and also hosts concerts, periodic exhibits and seasonal attractions such as ice rinks and social projects. There are hundreds of things to see and do, and visitors often return many times to see the changing face of the Project and learn about the new research that takes place each year. Kids will love the diverse plants, architecture and sculptures, and can engage with the centre in dozens of ways. In a time where only a few providers are fighting rising electricity prices, the Eden Project is also fully reliant on green Tariff electricity as part of its mandate.
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) comprises a host of interactive exhibits and displays housed across several huge warehouses. These include: an air and space centre featuring vehicles from several centuries and a planetarium; exhibitions in a former railway station; underground passageways and exhibits in a former sewer; historic buildings which incorporate hands-on exhibits related to energy and electricity; and much more. MOSI is open year round and is free to enter. There are periodic touring exhibits at a small cost, including a recent Doctor Who display. While not as large or comprehensive as London’s Science Museum, MOSI has an extremely friendly and welcoming atmosphere designed to maximise your enjoyment.
EUREKA National Children’s Museum
The EUREKA children’s museum near Halifax is one of Yorkshire’s most exciting visitor attractions. Featuring hundreds of interactive exhibits, the museum spans more than 13 acres, and has both indoor and outdoor attractions to keep its visitors occupied. There is a multi-sensory Wonder Walk trail, sound gardens, a recently launched exhibit with a human body theme, and much more. The attraction has cafes and shops, and caters well for groups and for disabled visitors.
The iconic Lovell Telescope has featured prominently on television in shows such as ‘Stargazing: Live’ and ‘The Sky at Night’ and is just one of many exciting attractions at the Cheshire space centre. Kids will love the many interactive exhibits and hands-on displays and can combine fun with education about space and our Solar system in particular. There are outdoor spaces and an arboretum for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can get up close and personal with the Lovell Telescope and learn about the many historic discoveries made at Jodrell Bank.
Magna Science Adventure Centre
Located in Rotherham, the Magna science centre is a family day out boasting hundreds of exhibits and things to do. One of the major attractions is a spectacular adventure playground with many unique play structures. There are several pavilions filled with exhibits across themes such as Earth, Air and Fire. There is a wet play area ideal for the warmer summer months, and the site regularly hosts new exhibits and one-off events. You can even book the venue for birthday parties!