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 Next Date: Friday 16 September 2022, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
 Location: Life Science Centre
 Set aside: a few hours to explore everything
 Who is it perfect for:  Ages 4 and under

Enjoy a day of fun and interactive activities designed especially for you and your little ones.   

Next session: Friday 16 September, 9.30am – 3.00pm (last entry 1.00pm)  

Monthly sessions. Alternate Thursdays and Fridays. (See dates below.) 

Pre-school days provide the perfect opportunity for you and your little ones to try new things, make new friends and have lots of hands-on fun. 

Explore the science centre in a baby-and-toddler-friendly environment and enjoy exciting activities that have been developed with children’s physical, cognitive and social skills in mind.  

Regular highlights include hands-on play in the Making Studios, a balancing path for adventurous walkers, and an immersive, child-friendly planetarium experience. 

Each session is different, so there’ll be new things to try each time you visit - from storytellers and crafters to artists and musicians - check the website for details of specific events. 

Good to know for pre-school days:  

  • Buggy parking is available on the ground floor of the science centre. (Lockers are also available to hire from science centre reception.)  
  • Additional baby-changing stations are available throughout the centre.   
  • Facilities to warm bottles and food are available in Life Café.  
  • Food and drink suitable for little ones is available to buy from Life Café.  

Extra events available on specific days:

16 September  

  • Storytime with Star Bright Arts – Enjoy nature-themed stories, songs and sensory play. Make your own seed ball to take home. 
  • Wind tubes in the Making Studios - Create a contraption to let loose in our wind tubes. There’ll be a range of materials to choose from. How high will your creation fly?  
  • Wonderful water play – Discover the world of water. From scooping and pouring, floating and sinking, squeezing and wringing – play with a range of toys and explore what water can do.  
  • Clay leaf printing – Get hands-on creating clay leaf prints using a range of real leaves. Notice the beautiful patterns they can make and take your creation home. 

Thursday 13 October  

  • Build a 3D scrap sculpture in the Making Studios – Use materials you might find in the recycling bin and build a 3D scrap sculpture.  Put your problem-solving skills to the test as you explore how different parts fit together. 
  • Creepy crawlies treasure hunt – Search through dried leaves and branches to find hidden plastic creatures. Can you name and describe the creatures you find?  
  • Make a magnetic tin can robot – build your own tin can robot using a range of magnetic materials. What special features will you give your robot? Are some materials more magnetic than others? 

Friday 18 November

  • Magical light play in the Making Studios - Experiment with creations that capture and project light. How many different shapes and shadows can you make?
  • Painting with bubbles – Create colourful shapes by blowing bubbles into a mixture of paint and soapy water.
  • Tape maze challenge – Our toys are lost in the science centre! Can you help them get home by guiding them through a tricky maze made from tape?  Be careful to stay on the lines!
  • Music time with Piccolo Music – Sing and dance with your little ones and enjoy learning new tunes, and joining in with old favourites!

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