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Member Name: chaobreeder16
Date: 15/06/08, updated on 15/06/08 (171 review reads)
Advantages: keeps kids entertained almost all day!
Disadvantages: only up to 15s may only please up to 12s requires supervision
Who, what , where , when and why the interactive museum aka W5.
This museum if thats what you could even call it takes over the front left corner of the odyssey construction recently assembled along Belfast's docks close to the Samson and Goliath giant cranes around the Titanic quarter.
There are roughly 3 levels to this attraction which is promoted towards kids up to around the age of about 12 I imagine, there are also bars, restaurants, a cinema and and a concert hall in the odyssey building so I think it a great idea to have a family area too.
Along side W5 are a number of lecture theaters and open hall spaces where schools at A level and GCSE Geography learn about and carry out experiments and hypothesis on the current development plans currently taking place all around Belfast and specifically the titanic quarter.
Also many youth forums and groups use these areas for cross border debates and discussions such groups to give an example is the CLIC Sargent and CANTEEN cancer fund groups.
The main parts of the kids museum feature musical stairs, a small indoor play area for very small children, a souvenir shop (which is totally non profitable all proceeds go to charity) and media sections differentiating per floor.
One floor is pretty much dedicated to physical activities and there is an indoor tug of war game in which loads of kids an adults can participate.
The next floor is dedicated to blue screens such as those in films so you can make your own movies and special effects, there is also a stop start animation section in which you can make your own short cartoon sketches. When i was there last there was also a big section devoted to the new walace and gromit movie which was very interesting as well as other current animation techniques and movies being produced at the time.
The last floor is dedicated to music and the sense of touch, there is a string less digital harp for example and a hypnotic wheel.
Kids will love this, they can burn off so much energy here and although the place is not enormous it still can keep their minds active for a good few hours.
The last time I was there the place was really clean and in good working order, also the staff are very friendly and approachable which is always good.
Currently there is a great dinosaur exhibition on until October the 31st 2008, they move and growl and are fairly realistic, though it may scare some very young children. Though it looks quite fun!
W5 is open from 10am to 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 5pm on school days and only opens at mid day on a Sunday, last admissions are at 5pm sharp.
There is also a coffee shop directly underneath W5 which isn't overly expensive and sells soft drinks, hot drinks, sandwiches, soup and ice cream.
·Adult £7.00 = Euro 9.33
·Child* £5.00 = Euro 6.67
·Concession £5.50 = Euro 7.33
·Family 1 Adult + 3 Children £19.00 = Euro 25.33
·Family 2 Adults + 2 Children £20.50 = Euro 27.33
·Family 2 Adults + 3 Children £24.50 = Euro 32.67
·Family 2 Adults + 4 Children £29.00 = Euro 38.67
·Family 2 Adults + 5 Children £33.50 = Euro 44.67
Season Ticket Prices
·Adult £35.00 = Euro 46.67
·Child* £25.00 = Euro 33.33
·Concession £27.50 = Euro 36.67
·Family 1 Adult + 3 Children £95.00 = Euro 126.67
·Family 2 Adults + 2 Children £102.50 = Euro 136.67
·Family 2 Adults + 3 Children £122.50 = Euro 163.33
·Family 2 Adults + 4 Children £145.00 = Euro 193.33
·Family 2 Adults + 5 Children £167.50 = Euro 223.33
*A child is aged between 3-15. Under 3s get free admission.
The admission details are taken directly from thier main site
The venue also promotes kids birthday parties and recommends spending a minimum of 2 hours in W5 to get the most out of all its features. There are also regular drawing competitions for kids in certain age groups.
I only wish this was around when I was a kid my younger cousins love it, thanks for the read
Summary: A great day out if you have a young family
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