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Super Science Days Out

Written by Rachel Cave

Let’s go on a super science day out…I wonder what we’ll see?
At Winchester Science Centre, W5 Science and Royal Observatory!
From learning about space, animals and technology,
These fab science spots are just the place to be!

Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London

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There’s loads to see and do for kids aged 3 and over. See the Meridian line which represents Longitude 0º. Stand with one side on the Eastern Hemisphere and one of the Western Hemisphere! The Royal Observatory is also the only observatory in London and is home the UK’s largest refracting telescope, the Harrison timekeepers and Greenwich Mean Time! BOOK NOW.

Winchester Science Centre, Winchester, Hampshire

Take a look at all the hands-on and interactive exhibits at the Winchester Science Centre, to get every child excited about science no matter their age or ability! Find out more.

Clifton Observatory, Camera Obscura and Cave, Bristol

Kids will love learning all about this unique camera obscura, one of only two still operating and open to the public! The camera projects a panoramic view of the surrounding area onto the white surface of the interior and there is even an underground passage to Ghyston’s Cave where you can see Bristol’s Suspension Bridge. Find out more.

Science Museum, South Kensington, London

Learn about every facet of science from space to technology for kids of all ages, even under 5s! Check out the Mercury Magnets workshop where you can make your own tactile map of Mercury! Find out about the European Space Agency(ESA) mission to discover the secrets of the smallest planet in the Solar System. Find out more.

Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

The Museum of the History of Science is home to over 10,000 scientific instruments and hosts loads of family-friendly events and workshops that are fun for adults and children! Use microscopes and lenses to observe tiny things at Making Micrographia. Use your drawings to make magnificent monoprints inspired by illustrations from Robert Hooke’s famous book Micrographia published in 1665. Drop-in sessions for those aged 7+ Find out more.

Kielder Observatory, Haltwhistle, Northumberland

The Kielder Observatory is one of the best places in the country to stargaze and explore the skies. Kick start your starry adventure with Introduction to Astronomy – Navigating the Sky. Their informed team of Astronomers are here to help get you started with the basics. Suitable for the whole family, these events are designed to inspire people of all ages. Sessions include how to navigate the constellations, phases of the Moon, the Solar System, meteorites and telescope workshops! Find out more.

Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham

The Thinktank Science Museum is the perfect combination of education and fun all in one day out. Curious kids can discover the fast, investigate the present and predict the future! Join the Engineering team at Thinktank this summer and build your own world with Imagination Playground. Let your imagination run wild as you create your own dens, towers, castles, boats, planes, sofas or whatever else you can think of! Find out more.

Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

Explore science and industry through fun and interactive exhibits and the 4D cinema. Learn about how tornadoes occur, how the human body works, how communication technology has developed over time and smell a Victorian sewer! Coming soon, Stephenson’s Rocket will return to Manchester for the first time in over 180 years! Opening to the public on Tuesday 25 September. Find out more.

 Glasgow Science Centre, Scotland

There’s loads to learn about at Glasgow Science Centre, from the workings of the human body to the mysteries of the Universe. There is also an IMAX theatre so you can take the family to see a large-scale film in stunning surround sound. From 31st August–2nd September there will be a whole host of aircraft on display to celebrate the centenary of the RAF. From the Sopwith Snipe and the iconic Spitfire to the Harrier ‘jump jet’ and the latest F35 Lightning, complete with crews in the uniform of each period who will be there to answer questions! Find out more.

W5 Science, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Explore over 250 interactive exhibits and discover something new at every one! There’s a special area that specifically caters for younger visitors, START, where little ones can customise a real Mini car, play with ball cannons and even watch your skeleton ride a bike! Check out Dinosaur Encounter until 31st August for a totally roar-some day out! Find out more.

Cambridge Science Centre, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Kids will love learning about all the mysteries and wonders of science. They’ll be able to look through a spectroscope, which will let you see the colours of light in a way that the naked eye cannot, and see how an electrical current passing through a single wire can make is generate enough of its own energy to jump around! At Gums to Bums, what goes in must come out! Explore what happens from the moment food enters the mouth, all the way until it reaches the toilet. Find out more.

Dundee Science Centre, Dundee

Fully in line with the formal national curriculum, Dundee Science Centre is a great place to take the kids to improve their science knowledge around what they’ll get taught at school and they’ll have loads of fun at the same time. Medical Myths and Mysteries allows little ones to perform operations with actual surgical tools and see how procedures have changed throughout the ages! Pump air through the ‘Monster Flute’ and make a melody just by stepping along the ‘Walking Bass’ at Music Mayhem – Science of Sound! Find out more

FAST Air Sciences Trust, Farnborough, Hampshire

Farnborough, as an area, has contributed so much to the development of aeronautical science and this museum reflects the history and heights of this technology. It’s super child-friendly and kids will love seeing loads of different aircraft, a fully working wind tunnel, models and so much more! Find out more.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Science has famous roots, with it’s most famous student being Charles Darwin and therefore there is an exhibit dedicated to his work. There is also loads to learn about fossils, gemstones, minerals, marine reptiles and so much more! Find out more.

Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill, London

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 This museum has been open since Victorian times when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, the collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium, a Butterfly House and natural history collection. Colour: The Rainbow Revealed is an award-winning exhibition exploring the endless ways in which colour shapes our world. Be dazzled by how colours are made and perceived, discover how animals use colour to attract and hide, and look into how different colours mean many different things for people across the planet. Find out more.

Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham, South Yorkshire

The Science Adventure Centre is a hands-on experience, packed with interactive exhibits and fascinating displays. The museum has over 100 exhibits to inspire and entertain children whilst they learn about the four elements: air, water, earth and fire. This summer explore SCI-TEK, the outdoor adventure centre a cool off in the mist, jets and spray of AQUA-TEK, the water splash park! Find out more.

We The Curious, Bristol, Somerset

There’s something to excite and inspire visitors of all ages at We The Curious. Explore the sensory arcade, feast your eyes on yummy food and take a tour of the solar system with the UK’s first ever digital 3D planetarium! Enjoy the Studio show, The Lightbulb Moment and explore how your curious thoughts and unexpected ideas might just change the world! Is everything around us really as it seems, or can we investigate and examine until we start to see things differently? Will you have a ‘lightbulb moment’? Find out more.

Bayfordbury Observatory, Hertford, Hertfordshire

Kitted out with some of the most up-to-date technology including 7 large optical telescopes the Bayfordbury Observatory is an amazing, high definition planetarium. Find out more.

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Widnes, Cheshire

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre is the perfect place to show kids that science and learning can also be a whole lot of fun! Explore loads of amazing interactive displays, workshops and activities that will all support what kids learn at school. Visit between 28th – 31st August to take part in workshops at Earth Observations. Gaze through microscopes, look through lenses and learn how to make recycled plant pots and find out what we can do to help our planet and environment. Find out more.

Aberdeen Science Centre, Scotland

Kids will love getting stuck in with interactive and hands-on exhibitions. The Summer of Engineering will end on Friday 31st August so it’s your last chance to explore the rock lab and slime workshop! From 26th August you can visit the STEM Club held every Sunday. It offers a fun and inspiring way to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – getting them ready for going back to school! Find out more.

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