Science Centres: Making learning fun!
During the school holidays it can be tricky to keep the kids entertained and happy.
We really enjoy spending time in the great outdoors and I always find that they are better behaved when we are out and about, but it is also good to keep their brains ticking over and visiting a Science Centre can help you do this without them even realising that they are learning.
A good science centre is worth its weight in gold and the best ones get the kids involved by doing experiments and challenges, asking questions and giving them a sense of adventure and curiosity about the world we live in.
One of my favourites has to be At-Bristol which is handily located in the city centre and is a two-floor science centre packed full of interactive exhibits, activities and live shows.
From learning 'all about us', where you get to see how our bodies work, including seeing blood flowing through our veins and using vibrations to hear there is something to keep you occupied all day. Discover all about food in the sensory arcade, make your own creations come to life in the animation workshop and if star gazing is your thing, At-Bristol is home to the UK's only 3D planetarium.
Another favourite of ours is Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh which gives you the chance to experience the primeval forces of nature and see how they shaped our planet. During the visit, not only do you get to travel on a time machine and a space craft, but you also feel the earth move on restless earth and get to see and touch a real life iceberg.
Science Centres often put on shows during the school holidays and we recently saw Horrible Science author, Nick Arnold, put on a show at Winchester Science Centre. The show was fast, funny and somewhat noisy and required some brave volunteers willing to take part in a range of demonstrations as well as readings from the latest books and fun and often quite silly quizzes.
Science isn't just for primary school aged children, even toddlers and pre-schoolers can join in as they a natural curiosity and sense of wonder. We always get stuck at the hot air balloons or parachutes with Sebby as he loves to make them fly up into the air and then fall back down to earth again.
There are Science Centres of all shapes and sizes dotted all across the country, just search our website for one that is closest to you – you won't be disappointed.