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Life Science Centre will be closed all day on Wednesday 29 January for a private event. The ice rink and Times Square café will be open as usual, and the science centre will reopen on Thursday 30 January.


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

Science Centre ticket prices, valid until 23 February 2020 


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)













Young Explorers' Zone

Set aside: 1 hour
 Age restriction: under 7s only
Included in your admission ticket
Set aside: 1 hour
 Age restriction: under 7s only
Event details

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 that can be connected together to form new things. 

In order to enjoy this area safely, please remember the following:

  • Adults are responsible for the supervision and behaviour of children in their care.
  • This area is for children aged under 7 only.
  • Shoes and clothing that is loose or which has sharp fasteners should be removed.
  • Food and drink is not to be taken into the area.
  • During very busy periods we may have to limit the time visitors spend in the area.
  • During term time, school groups may be using the area. 10am to 2pm tends to be the busy period. If you're unsure, call reception before you visit on (0191) 243 8268.

We occasionally have to close the Young Explorers’ Zone for private events. Life is a charity and money raised from event bookings supports Life Science Centre and the ground-breaking medical advances being made on-site. These closures are always mentioned in advance on our website, phone lines and social media channels. Find out more about our charitable status.

Funded by SITA Trust, as part of their “No More Waste” programme.

What else is on for under-7s:

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.Watch shows on a digital globe displaying Earth, Moon and planetary satellite imagery.Touch a genuine ...
Perfect for 5+   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
21 January 2020 - 10 May 2020 Take a seat and discover how satellites enable us to view the Universe in a different light in this family-friendly show.   You’ll also find out how satellites work and affect our everyday lives here on Earth as our Science Explainers perform a variety of exciting live science demonstrations.
Perfect for 7+ (recommended)   Included in your science centre admission
The Curiosity Zone lets you think like a scientist. And what does that mean exactly? Well it’s not about cramming your head full of facts about others’ achievements. It’s about testing stuff, comparing things and talking to others about what you’ve found out.
Perfect for  
Next Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020, 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

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