The Science Museum, it’s iconic. One of those London landmarks that draws Londoners, visitors from further a field and a global collection of tourists.
There is a positive buzz in the air, excited children and curious adults. We visited the Science Museum last week to explore their 3D Summer.
We started in the Garden in the basement. Aimed at younger children, 3+, it’s interactive, inviting children to explore sounds, building, water and light. My son enjoyed scrambling in and out of gaps and making sounds.
Moving upstairs to the Pattern Pod (5-8 year olds). The patterns in nature and science are discovered through puzzles and lights. My son tried ducks feet to create a pattern of footprints.
Launch Pad area is incredibly popular and teeming with children. Amongst other things, we listened to music via our teeth, built an arched bridge and knocked balls into the hair by pulling on ropes. I am sure there is a scientific explanation for all this but I am no science geek and my son is only 5. It was great to ‘do stuff’. As well as be awed by a room full of aeroplanes.
We are less about the detail, we like big things to see and things. The stuff that makes a 5-year-old gasp “awesome”; like space men and rockets. The Space Exploration Gallery, it does that by the bucket full.
We came to explore Science Museum’s 3D Summer. The Science Museum is offering various workshops which provide young scientists the opportunity to create and make. We joined the Antenna Live: Bugs in 3D. The camera crew from the new David Attenborough 3D TV series were available for chats. We saw how they filmed a millipede and watched the same creature on a screen via 3D specs. My son was absolutely thrilled to hold a Praying Mantis. We learnt about the patience required to film bugs. It’s the sort of memorable experience that makes science more real, to have the opportunity to ask questions.
We also experienced the cock pit of The Red Arrows, via 3D film and flight simulation. It’s 15 minutes of thrilling perspective. It has fired my son’s imagination and he has been acting out life as a Red Arrow for days now. We both loved it. Who doesn’t love the Red Arrows?
There was so much didn’t have time for; the 4D Legend of Apollo film, or the Energy Show at the IMAX, billed as “explosive family theatre”. I imagine both are fascinating.
The Red Arrows and the Antenna Live: Bugs were highlights of a wonderful afternoon of science exploration.
Entry to the Science Museum is Free. There is a charge for The Red Arrows Experience.
The opening hours in Summer (25th July – 1st September are 10.00am to 7pm, last entry is 6.15).
Top tips for the Science Museum:
It is open until 7pm and is definitely quieter later in the day.
Get on-line and plan what you might like to see and do. The museum is over 7 floors and can initially feel overwhelming. Grab a map when you arrive.
There is a great 3D Summer trail which can be downloaded and followed, or a copy picked up at the museum. It’s a good route to explore the museum and leads perfectly onto the one-off pop-up experiences which offer something memorable and unique.
Pit stops are essential for excited children overloaded with fantastic experiences. Also, it gives a little bit of time and space to discuss what you’ve seen and plan where next. There are several cafes with reasonably priced food and drinks, alternatively the museum has picnic areas.
Use the cloak room, drop off scooters, push chairs, bags. Free yourself up to get involved.
We did a half day, which suited my son’s age and factored in busy tube trains and travel in central London, which can be exhausting after a long day. It has given us a taster, we know there is so much more to see and we will definitely be returning.
Disclosure: We received a complimentary pair of tickets of the Red Arrow 3D show from the Science Museum.
All Words and Opinions are my own.
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