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Member Name: broxi3781
Advantages: The children learn something new with every visit and have agreat time.
Disadvantages: They havent had the dinosaurs there in ages now, time to bring them back!
My son is home educated so this is a regular attraction for us. I am thinking of just buying the membership as then we could go every week or so.
Age level : My sons are ages 5 and 21 months. There is plenty for both to due as well as demonstrations and workshops aimed at much older children.
Prices: £7.50 for adults, £5.50 for children, discounts available for groups and for home educators. Frequent visitors should get the W-5 card which is free and will give one half priced visit for every 2 full paid ones for each member of the party, as well as 10% off all merchandise and refreshments except of course the from the machines.
A good place to start is quite literally "start" on the 2nd floor. This has all the attractions aimed at younger children, from a house to build with foam bricks and slates, and then of course tear apart, to a waterway with balls, musical games, sand, large wooden railway, various toys etc... even a minature tesco to play shopping in. The fourth floor holds whatever the temporary exhibition is. At the moment it Wallace and Gromit and animation, and an exhibit on nature. The best ever was the dinosaur exhibit, sadly gone.
Most of the other attractions will also be on the 2nd or 4th floors. There are far too many too list, and some change anyway but here are some of our favourites:
The new interactive video agme of football, volleyball and recycling. We never did get the recycling one down, but football and volleyball are brilliant, even if you do look like complete idiots to anyone passing by as you leap and jump for invisible balls.
The bottle rocket, you just pump in enough air and watch it blast off.
The tornado maker - make a vortex of steam.
The pulley seats, pull yourself up using pulleys, or sit in them while Mom pulls you up.
Tug of war demonstrating leverage as one side pulls from the top of the lever and the other from the bottom.
An electronic harp with infrared light for strings.
Wooden tracks and loops for balls, which you construct yourself.
And soo so much more.
I'd also note that you are allowed to bring your own picnics in, which we do regularly as the food inside is quite limited, packaged sandwiches and cakes. You can always use the money save buying lunch for the gift shop which has a good selection from very cheap to quite dear educational toys.
Summary: A wonderful place for exploring and creativity, highly reccomended.
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