“ Dundee / Scotland „
This place is an "attraction" par excellence: designed to provide education and fun (or so called edutainment), it really does what is says on the tin.
The theme is senses, and there are models of eye and ear (you can climb inside the ear!) and many interactive exhibits which are truly hands-on. I think most children would have trouble taking it all in, but most should take some things in, and there is also enough interest there for adults while smaller children can run around and just enjoy the space, flashing lights, strange structures etc.
Upstairs is the mindball, where you can (apparently) move a ball using the power of your brain without touching it or anything else, as well as the "robot world" which I thought a bit boring, but a 10 year old boy may find fascinating.
They have shows in special audience rooms in which simple experiments and demonstrations are done, and there are themed exhibitions throughout the year.
All in all, good fun, and my daughter who is 8 is very happy to go back there. The charge is, I think, very expensive and it's worth hunting for a "free child with a paying adult" voucher.
Still, it's probably worth it if you have a child that's in the middle of primary school years.
Sensation is a Science Centre situated in Dundee. We have visited 3 times with our children (3 and 1) and absolutely love it!
So what's it all about? Sensation is an interactive science centre which is VERY family and children orientated and a fantastic day out for families, groups of children, etc. The centre is basically quite an open plan area with various exhibits which explain and demonstrate different parts of science. When you first go into the main part of the centre you are met by an oversized human head which is cut in half - the tongue is a big slide so children can climb around in the head and slide out of the mouth! You then continue through past various exhibits demonstrating things like the eyes, ears, how we smell, etc. There are also many optical illusions and computer games to demonstrate further experiments including facial manipulation where they capture an image of your face and transform you into a monkey! There is also a jump on piano and a heat sensitive camera with a large screen. At the very back of the main hall there is a darkened area which is all about sounds. There are beams of light from ceiling to floor that make various noises as you break the beams like music, burp noises, whistles, etc and a sort of light box that changes colour as you shout/clap! Upstairs there is another exhibition with interactive exhibits which are all about robots - you can attempt to navigate past light beams and even build your own robot!
Is it good? YES! Even though our children are probably slightly young for this sort of thing yet and can't fully participate in all of the exhibitions they do LOVE it, especially our eldest. Everything is really good fun and does have a lot of learning too! You can wander round at your own pace and do everything as many times as you want. You also must make sure you catch some of the live demonstrations where a member of staff does a few crowd pleasing experiments with various explosions, fizzing concoctions, etc!
Anything else? There is a lovely coffee shop which is very bright and airy and serves some nice snacks and light meals as well as Starbucks coffee. The gift shop is also great - not huge but a really good selection of souvenirs, books, posters, and nice pocket money toys too. They also do birthday parties, etc which we haven't used (yet!) but we did see a group once who looked like they were having a great time! I'd also give sensation top marks for toilets and baby changing which have always been really clean when we've visited and the staff are VERY friendly - when we visited for our eldest's 3rd birthday treat we just happened to mention it was a special day on our way in and she was later given a balloon, lolly and a toy!
Price? Adults are £6.95 and children (4-16) are £4.95 - I would say this is fantastic value as this is by far the cheapest attraction we've been to in ages and you could easily spend most of a day here! Sensation is also open all year round so it's a great rainy day activity for those colder horrible winter months!!