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Eureka! It's child's play!
Eureka Museum (Halifax)
Member Name: sazzy68
Eureka Museum (Halifax)
Advantages: Fun for all the family, lots to see and do, easily accessible by public transport.
Disadvantages: The shop and restaurant are rather expensive.
Eureka, a fabulous day out for all the family! I have a long association with the Eureka ! Children's science museum, having visited as a child myself, worked there as an enabler as a teenager and now I take my own children there who are 6 and 9 years old. It is a favourite place to go when visiting my folks. The museum is situated in Halifax, just next to the railway station and a large outside carpark (although this is a pricey option!).
Current costs are :
3 years plus- £7.50
0-11 months- free
saver ticket (5 people)-£32.00
If you live in West Yorkshire it is worth considering using a metro dayrover on the train and buses and checking the local papers for discount vouchers to make it a cheaper day out. Also if you have a Leeds card check for special rates.
The centre is open from 10-4pm daily and 10-5pm at the weekends. Queues do get long, especially in bad weather or holidays so it's good to get there nice and early if you can.
There is a restaurant which provides a range of hot and cold foods which are tasty but costly. You can take your own food and eat it outside in the gazebos situated in the grounds or in an old train with tables and chairs which is nice.
As you enter the centre your hand will be stamped enabling you to leave and return to the building as many times as you choose within one day. Currently the museum is separated into six zones but exhibits do change regularly. An old favourite is the town square where children can go shopping in marks and spencers and learn about where are food comes from and how a scanner works or go to the bank and take play money out of a cash machine, dress up and be a postmaster or work in the garage. Children also like to explore Gordon the garden gnome's global garden. Upstairs there is an early years room especially for the under fives too. The museum has been designed with children in mind including children sized toilets and sinks in the bathrooms.
The only downside is that the only exit is through the shop where many things are relatively expensive. It is however, easily a whole day's education and shows that learning about science and developing a child's knowledge and understanding of the world is really just child's play!
Summary: Eureka-suitable for children aged 0-12 years!
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