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At Bristol

Hands-on science centre with hundreds of things to do and see, including animation, an infrared ray and a human brain

Rather than traipsing around a museum that has put in a kids’ trail as an afterthought, this place is built on educating and entertaining children of all ages (and adults, if you have a sense of fun). Think everything science, from invention labs to a mini Aardman animation studio, a planetarium, and yes, a real human brain on display.  

They try to please everyone here, with specific days for under-fives – with reduced ticket prices for parents – and whole sections aimed at under-eights. If the thought of a child-filled science centre fills you with horror, they hold adults-only evenings too, when you can wander through the exhibits, beer in hand.

There’s so much here, you’ll struggle to do it all. Set fire to food to find out about energy, learn about the stars in the planetarium, examine your veins under infrared ray, film yourself on a high-speed camera and play it back in slow motion…

Then there are special events, such as the brilliant Fairytale SOS, which explains how fairytale characters could have rescued themselves if they’d had science on their side. 

Yes, the tickets are on the pricey side, and occasionally a few of the exhibits need repairing, but it’s a riot for kids, and a great day out.

By: Laura Hounsom

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Venue name: At Bristol
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Address: Anchor Road
Harbourside
Bristol
BS1 5DB
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm (till 6pm during school holidays); Sat-Sun 10am-6pm
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