Museums reviewed by parents: Look Out Discovery Centre
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There are educational shows for children of all ages that run on weekends and during the school holidays, as well as a variety of themed toddler days throughout term time.
Best for nursery and Reception kids
The Build It! construction site, with its bricks, ride on trucks, tile chute and unfinished house to climb on − complete with hard hats and builders’ jackets − also offers hours of entertainment, with a roof to tile, walls to build and phones to answer. This is one place where my children always team up with a group of new friends to work things out together, from working the tile lift and completing the roof on the construction site to creating dams and closing the lock to raise and lower the water level in the indoor stream.
All three of my boys also love the ball pit, mini supermarket and giant keyboard.
Best for KS1 kids
The hydrogen rocket, Batak light board, leaf cutter ants and human body jigsaw are also very popular.
Best for KS2 kids
There are several themed Toddler Days each term, with extra activities including art and craft activities, story telling, face or hand painting. They are very popular so it is advisable to arrive early to avoid the queues.
Half-term and holiday events for families
Interactive shows run several times a day at weekends and during school holidays.
Food and drink options
There is a coffee shop that serves hot drinks and food as well as lunch boxes for children and sandwiches. Prices are very reasonable, with children’s meals from £1.60 and homemade sandwiches from £3.10. It is accessible from the outdoor adventure play area, so a ticket to the exhibition is not required. There is also a large outdoor picnic area.
Getting there, prices and opening hours
It is open daily from 10am to 5pm (except for 24, 25 and 26 December). Car parking is £2 for four hours, but this is refundable if you pay to visit the science exhibition.
Admission is £7.10 (adults), £4.85 (under 16s) and free for under 4s. Saver tickets are available for families (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children, £19.05) and after 4pm (£9.60).
Interactive shows run several times a day at weekends and during school holidays (£1.85).
Pocket money shop purchases
The gift shop offers a wide range of science-based toys and gifts, with a large selection of pocket money items.
Links to the National Curriculum
- Scientific enquiry (KS1, KS2)
- Life processes and living things (KS1, KS2)
- Materials and their properties (KS1, KS2)
- Physical processes (KS1, KS2)
- Design and technology (KS1, KS2)
Photography: © Look Out Discovery Centre
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