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A great family day out!
Member Name: Pinkaims
Advantages: There is something for all ages.
Disadvantages: Don't think there is one.
I have just returned from a day out at Thinktank Birmingham.
I went with my husband, Daughter (5) and Son (2).
A great day was had by all of us. We were worried that it would be very busy but it was not which made it even more pleasant.
Before we went round thinktank we went to the Planetarium and that was really good. My daughter is really into her Stars so this talk was perfect for her and was really imformative - even my 2 year old was happy to watch the shooting stars etc. You do have to pay extra for the planetarium but it is is not overly expensive but I would not have done it had my daughter not already been interested.
We then went around the thinktank museum. My children loved the specialist section for Children and had great fun. I thought that this was very clever using thing from everyday life to actively help your child understand science although it was our responsibility to explain it to them. The childrens section is like a little town and starts off with a Hospital, Doctors room and Dentist (it even has a pretend ambulance). The children have the chance to dress up as a midwife, Dr, Surgeon, Dentist etc, great way to encourage your child with their roll play. There were also a reception area with a phone that actually worked and you could call the different places around the town. So funny when the phone rang watching my 2 year old in particular answering it and trying to have a conversation.
Adults sit in the the Dentist chair it actually smells like a room at the Dentists!
The next section was a little cafe where you could sit whilst your children brought you 'lunch'. The cafe was so realistic with a little chiller cabinet, microwave, oven etc. again dressing up clothes were available.
There was then a Car garage that did MOTs - this was a little less interesting although my son enjoyed playing with the cars. There was also plenty of other little things to do around the town and ways to teach your child road safety etc.
There was then a water feature that could be played in that showed you different ways to use water etc. Our children loved this and did not want to leave it.
The rest of Thinktank was great for us adults but some of it went over the childrens heads. I did not expect it to be aimed at the 2 year old but I did think that the 5 year old may have got more out of it.
Each floor is sectioned off - The Past, The City, The Present and The Future.
The future was really interesting and although hands on it wa too complex for our daughter so we did not spend much time there as she really was not interested.
The Present was probably the best section and we were able to talk to her about alot of the things such as the body, modern technology, animal life and recycling and she was able to see what happens to things when they are recycled. The body part was complex in parts so again too old for her.
The Past was nice to have a walk around as it had old forms of transport which the children found really interesting, especially the old steam train which we were amazed at the size of.
I do believe that this is great for children of all ages as things are aimed at different ages. I would think that it would probably be most interesting for children aged 8+ who are able to discuss things with you properly. Even so I am glad we took the children and we will definately go again next year.
We converted our Tesco vouchers for this day out so it worked out really cheap - so that was even better for us.
Summary: Definately worth going but don't expect too much if going with really young children.
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