Life Science Centre,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
We were kindly gifted tickets to come along and visit the centre for life. Life Science Centre is a fantastic family day out in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with easy access for public transport with bus stops and metro routes within walking distance.
We got dropped off into town centre and walked over, however if you use Sat Nav reference NE1 4AD, it will take you to Times Square Car Park (opposite Jurys Inn hotel). Ideally located at the western gateway to Newcastle City Centre on Railway Street.
Times Square Car Park provides easy access to city centre shops and amenities. 635 parking spaces and two electric vehicle charging points are available across six levels.
There is so much to see and do, with activities and exhibits for all ages. You will be exploring what Tomorrow’s World could look like, with activities across the centre.
On arrival, we showed the receptionist our booking via email. Tickets for timed slots can be purchased online in advance of your visit. Some slots will be kept free for walk-ups – but booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
They do still ask if you can wear a mask for safety unless exempt.
– Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) £34.00
– Adult £15.00
– Child aged 5-17 £8.00. -Child aged 4 and under FREE
The centre is open Monday – Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm, and they recommend last entrees be around 3:00pm.
The amazing Brain Zone and Space Zone are back including a recreation of part of the International Space Station and the stunning digital globe, the Sphere.
The brain zone is all about playing memory games, step into an optical illusion and will attempt to interact with exhibits that require some mind over matter activities.
Their Space Zone brings space close to home, this area will help you find out how we are already using space technology in our everyday lives and discover how the future of space exploration is being shaped right here in the north east of England.
You can climb inside a mock-up model of part of the International Space Station, which the girls found fascinating walking though.
You can also watch shows on a digital globe displaying Earth, Moon and planetary satellite imagery.
You can also access the planetarium to experience time travel which is part of their show, Tales of a Time Traveller, takes you on a journey through space and time. It is perfect for children aged 7+ and adults.
The screen covers all way around the top of the planetarium, and it so fascinating even the girls were really interested by the layout.
They also have another show, Naughty Monsters in the Sky which is an exciting planetarium show for young children to explore a sky full of mysteries.
The Creativity Zone has a range of interactive exhibits, At the moment, they have a build your own windmill with three different techniques. You will receive all the items you need and also an instruction booklet.
This can be hard for the younger ones to work on, so they may need some support.
They also have an Experiment Zone which is for ages 7+, this age restriction is due to safety reasons. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
We never accessed this area as the girls were too young, however you can have a go at extracting hydrogen gas from water in the Experiment Zone – a green energy source that could soon power our cars and homes.
You carry out practical experiments using real tools and materials. And also work on your own, in a team, or enlist the help of a friendly Science Explainer.
Also they have an Lego exhibition on at the moment. There’s an incredible collection of detailed new models by Warren Elsmore.
As we walked around the girls talk over the lego buildings. The exhibition included with the Houses of Parliament and a huge four-metre-long airport and much more.
It really got the girls thinking and talking about historical areas.
As you walked around the centre, they also had pop up areas for under 7 years. They had a sand pit area, and we also took part in the creating a rocket pop up area.
The girls really enjoyed this and found it fun. This really got their minds thinking and creativity cap on.
Where to eat…
Times Square Café is situated at the front of the science centre, accessible via Times Square, and is open to passers by as well as visitors to the centre.
Drinks and confectionery items will be available to buy from hot drinks to milkshakes, soft drinks, snacks and hot food too.
They have a great offer on for the kids with their pack lunch deal. Pick a sandwich, drink and crisps for £4.00, which comes in a box that is easy for the kids to carry around.
There is indoor and outdoor space. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own packed lunch to eat in the cafe too.
You can now pre-order refreshments to enjoy on your visit, at the same time as purchasing science centre tickets online.
They also have a gift shop which is located in between the reception and cafe area at the front.
They have some great scientific items to help your child learn and have fun back home from games to toys.