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Please note that some areas will be closed from 5 September – 25 October (inclusive) as we get ready for the launch of the new Space Zone (opens 26 October). Prices have been reduced to reflect this.

The 4D Motion Ride has been a firm favourite for visitors of all ages since Life Science Centre opened nearly 20 years ago. However, as the science centre continues to grow and evolve, it is time to retire this popular attraction to make space for something new – so make sure you visit by 25 October 2019 if you want to enjoy one final thrilling ride! Life would like to hear from visitors what they’d like to see replace the 4D Motion Ride, so please send your ideas to info@life.org.uk. Also, don’t forget to check out the science centre’s newest exhibition Space Zone from 26 October 2019 to explore the wonders of the Universe and discover how space exploration impacts our everyday lives.

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Memberships are not available online. Purchase these at Science Centre reception.

Science Centre ticket prices, valid until 25 October 2019

TYPE

Family (2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children)

Adult (aged 18+)

Concession (over 60s, students, unwaged)

Child (aged 5 - 17)

Child (aged 4 and under)

DAY

£24

£8

£7

£6

Free

ANNUAL

£94

£39

£32

£21

Free

Life Science Centre

We’re not like a museum where you’ll only find stuff in cases and be expected to look and not touch. At Life Science Centre, you’re encouraged to get stuck in: explore, create and have fun – whatever your age. Our friendly Science Explainers are always on-hand to answer questions – just look out for people wearing the Life-branded blue polo shirts.

Your science centre ticket gives you access to ALL of the daytime activities inside Life Science Centre (see below). There are no extra fees for blockbuster exhibitions or for entry to the planetarium, live theatre shows and the 4D Motion Ride. You won’t find any hidden charges here!

Everything below is included in your Science Centre ticket

What's On

Be inspired by the wonders of the Universe and how space exploration impacts our everyday lives. It’s easy to forget we live on a spinning rock that is whizzing through space. The new Space Zone brings space close to home: find out how we’re 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. Highlights include: Launch your own rocket. Climb inside a mock-up model of part of the International Space Station. Operate a Mars rover from mission control. Watch shows on ...
Perfect for 5+   Included in your science centre admission
Explore what makes you 'you'. Find out how your brain works and how it controls so many of your body's functions – often without you even realising it.   Play memory games, step into an optical illusion and (attempt to) interact with exhibits that require some mind over matter.   Developed with the national curriculum in mind, the Brain Zone has much to offer psychology students, but it also offers broader science insights, such as how scientists carry out experiments when data is hard to capture.    Don't miss: ​ Sip of conflict – A drinking fountain disguised as ...
Perfect for 7+ (recommended)   Included in your science centre admission
Children learn through play – it’s how they make sense of the world. Our Young Explorers’ Zone for under-7s is designed to encourage open-ended play and to help children build their imagination and other key skills, whilst having fun! Activities include:Big blocks, which are just waiting to be crafted into something wonderful. Will your child design a rocket, a unicorn or something totally new?A sensory den, where smaller tots and babies can explore light, colours, shapes and sounds – tucked safely away from some of the more energetic play from older toddlers! A fresh take on soft play, with linkable pieces ...
Perfect for under 7s   Included in your science centre admission
In the Experiment Zone YOU are the scientist! Ever wondered what it's like to be a real scientist? Find out in the Experiment Zone.Carry out practical experiments using real tools and materials.Work on your own, in a team, or enlist the help of a friendly Science Explainer.Meet real-life working scientists. See them at work and ask questions.Help in actual research projects taking place in the region's universities.Opening timesMonday - Friday: 11.00am - 4.00pm (last entry 3.30pm) Sunday: 10.00am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm)​Sunday: 11.00am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm)​​The Experiment Zone is for ages 7+, we restrict access to ...
Perfect for ages 7+   Included in your science centre admission
We all have a creative side – you don’t have to be an artist to be creative and imagination has no age limit.In the Making Studios, a range of interactive exhibits from selfie booths* to poetry robots will help you tap into your inner creativity, while the studio spaces provide an opportunity to try your hand at a variety of hands-on making activities – covering everything from sewing and soldering, to cardboard construction and coding.      ​​​​​​​
Perfect for All ages   Included in your science centre admission
Life is home to the North’s biggest and best planetarium.In our planetarium, the skies are darker, the stars are brighter, the planets are so clearly defined, it looks like you could reach out and touch them.Thanks to the most sophisticated digital technology available, you can:Experience the most immersive, absorbing journeys through space and the solar system.See stunning space films and visuals that you won’t see anywhere else in the region.Experience real-time Live Skies shows where you can find out what’s happening in space right now.Zoom through space and land on planets throughout our solar system.Journey through the stars and see ...
Perfect for All Ages   Included in your science centre admission
20 July 2019 - 18 October 2019 Discover what Earth looks from space in this family-friendly planetarium show.We know that sending satellites into space allows us to explore the cosmos and increase our understanding of the Universe. But did you know that there are some satellites that look down on Earth?Such satellites give unprecedented detail of the surface of our planet; information from the sensors allow us to see changes over time, including the impact that humans have on our world, and even let us monitor groups of animals in remote locations.All images credited to NASA.
Perfect for Ages 7+   Included in your science centre admission
25 May 2019 - 22 May 2020 An exciting planetarium show for young children to explore a sky full of mysteries – are naughty monsters to blame?The sky is full of mysteries. Where does the Sun go at night? Why does the Moon change shape? Where do rainbows come from?​​​​​​​Could it be naughty monsters playing tricks in the sky, or can we explain everything that we see with science? Find out in this exciting planetarium show for young children.
Perfect for under 7s   Included in your science centre admission
19 October 2019 - 19 October 2020 Enter the planetarium to experience time travel!Enter the fluctuating world of time in this exciting new planetarium show and discover it’s not as easy to define as simply looking at a clock!​​​​​​​We invite you to explore the far-reaching impact of time, from the lives of stars and the Big Bang to the impact of gravity here on Earth. You’ll be blown away!
Perfect for 7+ (recommended)   Included in your science centre admission
The 4D Motion Ride has been a firm favourite for visitors of all ages since Life Science Centre opened nearly 20 years ago. However, as the science centre continues to grow and evolve, it is time to retire this popular attraction to make space for something new – so make sure you visit by 25 October 2019 if you want to enjoy one final thrilling ride! Life would like to hear from visitors what they’d like to see replace the 4D Motion Ride, so please send your ideas to info@life.org.uk. Also, don’t forget to check out the science centre’s ...
Perfect for anyone over 1.2m in height   Included in your science centre admission
20 July 2019 - 25 October 2019 Discover what it would be like to fly to the Moon and experience NASA's Apollo 15 mission in this Motion Ride.Experience every jolt and rumble of the roaring rocket as the Motion Ride moves mimic the action of launch, a lunar landing and re-entry to Earth.Legend of Apollo has been produced in partnership with former NASA and Apollo astronaut, David R Scott, and tells the inside story of the lunar landings, with particular reference to the Apollo 15 mission.
Perfect for 7+   Included in your science centre admission
Awesome experiments and audience participation help to unravel science fact from science fiction in our fun, family-friendly shows. Shows change regularly and cover all sorts of science themes like dinosaurs, the weather, aerodynamics (with fake flying pigs as test pilots), reactions, chain reactions... the list goes on! The Science Theatre is equipped with an analogue induction loop. ​Shows are on at various times throughout the day, daily show times are available on arrival.
Perfect for all ages   Included in your science centre admission
24 September 2019 - 19 January 2020 20 years of show highlights in one extravaganza!Life celebrates its 20th birthday next year, which has prompted us to look back at the highlights of shows in the Science Theatre.​​​​​​​Top Ten features our (you guessed it!) top ten science demonstrations from the past 20 years, from fiery pops to beautiful colour changes. But which of our favourites will you see in the show? That’s completely up to you!
Perfect for 5+ recommendation   Included in your science centre admission
19 October 2019 - 3 November 2019 Creep it real this October half-term with spooky science at Life Science Centre. It’s Halloween fun for all the family.Highlights include: Gory: Compare real blood samples from a bird, amphibian and mammal in the Experiment Zone.*Illusion: Make plastic ghosts float and your own skin crawl with spooky optical illusions – you won’t believe your eyes!Crafty: Make your own shadow puppet or create a Halloween lantern using LED circuits in the Making Studios. Both makes can be taken home to enjoy!Mystery:  Enjoy some of our top science demonstrations in the Science Theatre and choose your favourites.Plus - we're revving things up ...
Perfect for All ages   Included in your science centre admission
Next Date: Tuesday 19 November 2019, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM These regular events, led by Life's friendly Science Explainers, provide a delightful opportunity for young children to enjoy and explore the science centre.Each session offers a mix of classic activities, such as Piccolo Music workshops, mini-beast handling and a toddler bubble disco alongside new activities, so that every event is different. Access to our hands-on Young Explorers' Zone and special planetarium shows for little ones are also available.Pre-school days are drop in events so you can arrive and leave when it's convenient for you, but please be aware that spaces in Piccolo Music Workshops are limited and do tend to ...
Perfect for Ages 4 and under (and accompanying adults)   Separate prices apply
30 November 2019 - 23 December 2019 Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a family visit to Santa’s Grotto.Our favourite fella in red will be sprinkling some festive sparkle in Times Square every weekend in December, as well as Monday 23 December.Admission is £10.00 per child, which includes a gift, hot chocolate and a sweet treat!Pre-booking online is recommended to avoid disappointment. Slots are available between 11.00am and 5.00pm. Simply select your preferred half-hour slot and your child will see Santa within that period for approximately five minutes.Please note:Santa will endeavour to keep to time, but he may over-run. (He’s on North Pole time!)A limited number of ...
Perfect for All ages   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Friday 24 January 2020, 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM Dust off your tartan and get into the Scottish spirit with our annual Burns Night Supper.Raise a wee dram of whisky to Scotland’s national Bard Robert Burns, before tucking in to a delicious two-course haggis (or veggie haggis) feast.North East ceilidh band Angels of the North will then get everyone up on the dancefloor for traditional reels and jigs, with a special caller to talk you through the dances.Friday 24 January 2020, 7.00pm - 11.30pm£32.50 per personTo book call (0191) 243 8216Please note: this event is for people aged 18+. Ticket bookers must specify any dietary requirements at the time of ...
Perfect for Adults (18+ only)   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Thursday 13 February 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM In a world of gamified dating, are there any winners?Dating apps can help people to widen their dating circles, but with another potential match just one swipe away, will anyone ever be satisfied with their current mate? Can you get addicted to dating apps? Are they used to find ‘The One’ or to provide a quick ego boost?This event is part of the Science Speakeasy programme – a series in which important and often controversial topics are debated in a relaxed cabaret-style setting, all while sipping cocktails mixed by The Alchemist.* No question or statement is taboo, so these ...
Perfect for 18+   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Thursday 12 March 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Rational Suicide in an ageing society: stagger to the grave or call it quits early?Life expectancy has increased dramatically in the last century, but we’ve fared worse in conquering ageing – we are living longer and dying slower, with many spending years or even decades in serious ill-health. Is it time that society embraced rational suicide for the elderly as a viable endgame plan?This event is part of the Science Speakeasy programme – a series in which important and often controversial topics are debated in a relaxed cabaret-style setting, all while sipping cocktails mixed by The Alchemist.* No question ...
Perfect for 18+   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Thursday 14 November 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Will we reach sperm count zero before we’re comfortable talking about male infertility?Studies have found that sperm counts have been declining for decades and fertility problems affect males and females roughly equally. So why is infertility still seen as a woman’s problem? And are we naively swimming towards a fertility apocalypse?This event is part of the Science Speakeasy programme – a series in which important and often controversial topics are debated in a relaxed cabaret-style setting, all while sipping cocktails mixed by The Alchemist.* No question or statement is taboo, so these events are not suitable for anyone who ...
Perfect for 18+   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Thursday 31 October 2019, 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM Halloween special: first ghost hunt in Life!The excavation work ahead of Life’s construction revealed a startling discovery: a mass grave. Rumours spread quickly that the site could be a plague pit... Join Life and the team from GHOSTnortheast to learn more about the site’s unnerving history and to take part in the first ever paranormal investigation in the science centre using various tech devices.Between ghost hunts, parapsychologist Professor Nick Neave from Northumbria University will also present scientific explanations for why you may sense apparitions.We have developed two tours that focus on the areas where staff and visitors have reported ...
Perfect for 18+   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Thursday 28 November 2019, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Fiery hands, feverish folding and Pink Floyd bangers! Adults take over Life Science Centre on the last Thursday night of the month. With no kids around, we can be bolder and more daring with the workshops and activities on offer. Don’t forget to wear your best Christmas jumper at this event!   Highlights of Noël: Experience a 15-minute sample of Pink Floyd’s The Wall set to visuals in the planetarium, including the 1979 Christmas number one single, Another Brick in the Wall (part 2). Learn the art of origami gift-wrapping in the Making Studios. Warm your hands with methane ...
Perfect for 18+   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Thursday 30 January 2020, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM A teetotal event that’s anything but dry.   Adults take over Life Science Centre on the last Thursday night of the month. With no kids around, we can be bolder and more daring with the workshops and activities on offer.   Highlights of Happy New You: Make a Bubble Bar to take home with the team from Lush Cosmetics – they’re vegan and plastic-free! Thinking about jacking in your job in the pursuit of happiness? Listen to the incredible tale of a scientist who did just that – and cycled to Bhutan! Find your happy place at our laughter ...
Perfect for 18+   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Thursday 27 February 2020, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Respect your body and question relationships.Adults take over Life Science Centre on the last Thursday night of the month. With no kids around, we can be bolder and more daring with the workshops and activities on offer.Highlights of Sex and Attraction:Celebrate the female form in a vagina art workshop, run by the founder of the new Vagina Museum in London, Florence Schechter.View STIs under the microscope—they can be surprisingly beautiful!Tinder matches dwindling? Find out how to show off your best side with Saskia Nelson, the founder of the dating photography company Hey Saturday!Comedian Rosie Wilby will perform her latest ...
Perfect for 18+   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Thursday 30 April 2020, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM The antidote to work and exam stress!   Adults take over Life Science Centre on the last Thursday night of the month. With no kids around, we can be bolder and more daring with the workshops and activities on offer.   For ultimate comfort, come dressed in your PJs for this event!   Highlights of Unplug and Unwind: Enjoy a mobile phone-free night as you take part in our smartphone amnesty: we’ll be locking devices out of swiping reach for the night in specially-designed Yondr pouches*. Find your zen at a Vinyasa flow yoga taster class**. Rediscover the joy ...
Perfect for 18+   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Thursday 26 March 2020, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Suit up and enrol to replace Daniel Craig as 007.Adults take over Life Science Centre on the last Thursday night of the month. With no kids around, we can be bolder and more daring with the workshops and activities on offer.Don’t forget to wear your sharpest suit and grab a martini at the bar at this Bond-themed event.  Highlights of The Next James Bond:Seize the ID cards of other spies before they grab yours in a game of Assassin across the science centre. Get a cyber security health check for your mobile phone.Learn how not to suck at poker with ...
Perfect for 18+   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Thursday 31 October 2019, 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM Halloween special: first ghost hunt in Life!The excavation work ahead of Life’s construction revealed a startling discovery: a mass grave. Rumours spread quickly that the site could be a plague pit... Join Life and the team from GHOSTnortheast to learn more about the site’s unnerving history and to take part in the first ever paranormal investigation in the science centre using various tech devices.Between ghost hunts, parapsychologist Professor Nick Neave from Northumbria University will also present scientific explanations for why you may sense apparitions.​​​​​​​We have developed two tours that focus on the areas where staff and visitors have reported ...
Perfect for 18+   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Thursday 30 January 2020, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM A teetotal event that’s anything but dry.   Adults take over Life Science Centre on the last Thursday night of the month. With no kids around, we can be bolder and more daring with the workshops and activities on offer.   Highlights of Happy New You: Make a Bubble Bar to take home with the team from Lush Cosmetics – they’re vegan and plastic-free! Thinking about jacking in your job in the pursuit of happiness? Listen to the incredible tale of a scientist who did just that – and cycled to Bhutan! Find your happy place at our laughter ...
Perfect for 18+   Separate prices apply
17 November 2019 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Are you aged between 13 and 18? Want to explore what you can really do with science? Life’s hands-on sessions for teenagers include a ‘no boring stuff’ guarantee!Whether you take part alone or with friends, you’re guaranteed to meet like-minded people, learn something new and have fun.Dye Hard FabricsBrighten your day with the spectrum of coloured fabrics created using synthetic and naturally occurring dyes.Colour plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. They can sway thinking, irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure and even suppress your appetite.​​​​​​​In this session, investigate how different ...
Perfect for 13 - 18   Separate prices apply
9 November 2019 - 5 January 2020 ‘Tis the season in the science centre and Times Square!Make, investigate and celebrate Christmas at Life with all the family.Included in your science centre ticket:Will you choose a Christmas sparkler or five gold rings of smoke as the grand finale to our Science Theatre show?A variety box of festive-themed activities in the Making Studios, including make your own 3D Christmas decorations or code your own Christmas tree light patterns.*Investigate the properties of fake snow or make your own ink to write a letter to Santa in the Experiment Zone.*Science busking demonstrations will take place around the centre where visitors ...
Perfect for All ages   Included in your science centre admission

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