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Have a think about going to the thinktank!
Member Name: makeuprox
Advantages: Suitable for all ages, innovative and informative!
Disadvantages: Definitely one for the families, not much that isn't child orientated
I visited Thinktank with my sister, parents and my two nieces (baby and 2 1/2 yr old).
We got a reduction on the price by travelling there by train. It is a short walk from Moor Street station and very worthwhile doing this as parking isn't free.
It is located in a big building which also houses the IMAX cinema and university / college buildings and the Thinktank spreads out over 4 floors.
You enter on level two which is 'the present' and this has several sections on topics like 'your body' and 'wild life'. We headed with my niece to 'Kid City' as this was aimed at her age group and this was great for her. There was a big water play pond (with waterproofs to wear), a doctors and dentists, a cafe, a garage and some other fun places to play. Lots of emphasis on role play and there were dressing up clothes and lots of toys to play with. My niece had a great time and other kids were all having a lot of fun too!
The rest of the zones have a lot of interactive displays with games and things to explain the science (for example games to explain how the brain works and models of the digestive system - complete with sound effects!!!)
The ground floor has the 'past' section with a lot of history about Birmingham especially it's huge industrial heritage. There is a steam train, tram and other machinery and a lot of explanation as well. There is also a lot of information about the local people working in Birmingham about 150 years ago.
The third floor is all about the future and has a lot of very interesting information on robotics, genetics and other futuristic science.
We also watched a short film in the planetarium which was free - it was all about the stars and was suitable for a young audience.
We didn't visit the first floor - I don't think there is a lot there.
There is a cafe on the ground floor but was quite busy so we went to a smaller one located just outside the front entrance. Prices were reasonable and we had a good lunch there.
Overall it was a great experience, although my niece was too small for most of the explanations, she loved pressing all the buttons, turning the knobs and pulling the levers and seeing things happen as a result.
I think it has a great balance for all ages - information aimed at various ages and a lot of fun!
I can see it being a regular trip with my niece as she gets older and can understand more of it!
Summary: Fun, informative science museum