With me I had 2 trusty space explorers in the shape of my 10 year old and his best buddy! When we arrived we were welcomed and our explorers were given the coolest video cameras to record their visit.
This was by far the best decision for the visit as all the children there were running around recording all sorts of different things going on!
So we were given a tour that led us through the space entrance and the children had their 'passports' to find a special letter in each of the relevant sections.
|They loved this globe!|
By far the most enjoyable bit for my two 10 year old explorers was definitely the Launchpad where they had the most amazing 'hands on' activities. As there were only a few of us there the children had the rare experience of being able to try lots of these out without a wait! Again this was something they talked about on the train journey home.
|The wall of water/ bubbles!|
In passing we went through the area where the Imax is and we came across these..........not space related but they loved one and I loved the other.
|Boys and their toys!|
|A fantastic dress made entirely of newspaper....no sign of the boys!|
They were then able to listen to a talk about all things space related by a real enthusiast, who dressed for the part and everything. Children being children though, were engrossed by the stories of how astronauts go the the toilet in space! Typical.
We have visited the Science museum before but probably not since last year so my son had a real treat that evening. However, the tour itself went past very quickly and the children seemed understandably rushed from one part to another. They talked on the way home that they would have loved to have more time in each section. The upside to this is that it has given both of them a renewed interest to go back for the day over the summer. Although they wont be lucky enough to have video cameras next time, and the museum will be incredibly busy I'm sure, they are looking forward to staying for the day and visiting all the departments. I know for certain I will be sat in the hands on Launchpad for a very long time on my next visit!!
Please if you are close enough for a visit and haven't been before it truly is worth a trip. Any age group will enjoy it here and the adults will love it just as much as the kids.........I guarantee it!
This all kicks off on the 23rd July, the museum itself is free to get in (although there are charges for the Imax and simulator if you chose to do them). So there are no excuses for not popping along during the summer holidays (unless of course you live in Scotland!!)
Check out their website http://sciencemuseum.org.uk