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The Young Explorers' Zone will be closed all day on Tuesday 20 February and Friday 23 February. Sorry for any disappointment caused.

The lift from the ground floor to the Young Explorers' Zone is currently out of order. Alternative access is possible via a ramp. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. We're working to fix it as soon as possible. Please ask a member of staff if you need assistance.

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Annual Passes are not available online. Purchase these at Science Centre reception.

Science Centre prices until 15 April 2018:


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

Adult (aged 18+)

Child (aged 5 - 17)

Child (aged 4 and under)

Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)













Group Visits to Life Science Centre

Life is a great place for groups of all sizes! If you're bringing 10 people or more, it's best to book in advance.

​To make a group booking or to discuss your requirements please call our bookings hotline (0191) 243 8223

Our group benefits are open to all groups, from after-school clubs, professional associations and university societies to uniform groups like Brownies and Scouts.

  • Selected offers and discounts (varies depending on events and activities).
  • Priority entry.
  • Free coach parking (first come first served basis).
  • Tailored meal packages.
  • Familiarisation visits.

To make a group booking or to discuss your requirements please call our bookings hotline
(0191) 243 8223 (open from 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday).

Ice skating at Life

November 2018 - February 2019

Coming in a group of 10 or more? Book in advance to take advantage of our special group packages and rates. Perfect for Christmas parties and children's birthday parties. 

All of our group packages include a skating session on our outdoor ice rink, plus a choice of different food and drink options and various added extras ranging from a 4D ride*, time to explore the Science Centre including the panetarium and hands-on exhibitions, and even party bags!

To make a group booking or to discuss your requirements please call our bookings hotline ​(0191) 243 8223 (open from 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday).​​​​​​​
Girl Guiding and Scouting
Take part in special Space and Science Investigator Badge Days or see what happens at Life after dark at one of our Sleepover events.
Activities and badge days for uniform groups
Corporate Visits and Family Fun Days
We can offer special Science Centre events and discounts for companies organising family fun days.
Life's schools' programme aims to provide hands-on, minds-on, hearts-on science education. Visit our Education section to find out how we can enrich what you’re teaching in the classroom.
Please note, education prices are only available during term time.
Visit our Education Section
Contact Us

To make a group booking or to discuss your requirements please call our bookings hotline

(0191) 243 8223

Open from 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday

What's On

27 May 2017 - 15 April 2018 Don’t miss Dino Jaws, an amazing exhibition from the Natural History Museum, featuring life-size animatronic dinosaur heads – including the terrifying T. rex!Explore the sometimes gruesome, always fascinating, subject of dinosaurs and their food. From the notorious flesh-eating habits of T. rex to the vegetarian tastes of Iguanodon, dinosaurs had many interesting ways of catching their meals and eating them.See up-close how their teeth and jaws moved together to tear, grind and chew food. You can also explore intriguing fossil evidence, hands-on exhibits and fascinating scientific insights that reveal everything we know about what and how dinosaurs ate.Dig for ...
Perfect for all ages   Included in your science centre admission
26 May 2018 - 2 December 2018 Robots – then and now is a new exhibition booting up at Life Science Centre. This family-friendly exhibition, created by the Science Museum in London, celebrates the 500-year work-in-progress story of building automated machines.Start your journey with the humble beginnings of 16th century mechanical automatons before marching forward through the rich history of robotics to the latest humanoids. The exhibits – both old and new – will provoke much discussion and make you question your human emotional responses to inanimate machines. Are you comfortable with the idea of the human body as a conscious machine, with inner-workings similar to a ...
Perfect for all ages   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 all ages   Included in your science centre admission
There are no right or wrong answers, no instructions, no rule book. Just follow your instincts as you experiment with a range of exhibits, including spinning turntables, sound-based games and a ‘Bernoulli Blower’ that floats a beachball in mid-air – always popular with younger children!   Ask yourself the kind of questions that a scientist would: “what happens if?”,  “what can I see here?” and “why is that happening?”. All of the exhibits in Curiosity Zone can be used in a variety of different ways, so you choose what you want to explore. When you come back next time, ...
Perfect for all ages   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.Term-time Experiment Zone opening timesMonday - Friday: 11.00am - 4.00pm (last entry 3.30pm) Saturday: 10.00am - 6.00pm (last entry 5.30pm) Sunday: 11.00am - 6.00pm (last entry 5.30pm)​The Experiment Zone may be open longer ...
Perfect for ages 7+   Included in your science centre admission
Drop into the Making Space to design, play, weave, construct or create something special!All Making Space events are included in your Science Centre admission. Activities change regularly.The Making Space is open most weekends and during school holidays. 
Perfect for All ages   Included in your science centre admission
Get up close to our collection of skeletons and full body recreations of Neanderthal, Australopithicus and Homo erectus.These six models were created for the BBC TV series Prehistoric Autopsy, presented by Alice Roberts in 2012. They are highly accurate recreations of what the creatures would probably have been like. They are relatives of modern humans, but apart from Homo erectus they are not our direct ancestors. Find them on the ramp between the ground and upper floor.
Perfect for all ages   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! NEW 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 ...
Perfect for under 7s   Included in your science centre admission
10 November 2017 - 30 March 2018 An enchanting planetarium show especially for under 7s. Little Bear goes stargazing and finds many dot-to-dot animals including a whale, a swan and a lion. She keeps on looking until she find a little bear, just like her, in the night sky.
Perfect for under 7s   Included in your science centre admission
8 January 2018 - 31 March 2018 You don’t need a telescope to discover the wonders of the night sky.​With amazing imagery from telescopes and space probes filling the news, it is easy to think that we need expensive equipment to start stargazing. We’ll take you on a tour of the night sky and help you to recognise planets, find stars and constellations and see satellites using nothing more than your eyes.
Perfect for Ages 7+   Included in your science centre admission
Life Science Centre is home to the North’s biggest and best planetarium.   Here, 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 ...
Perfect for All Ages   Included in your science centre admission
16 January 2018 - 18 March 2018 Number 2 – the poo show explores the weird and wonderful world of waste, from the cubed droppings from wombats to how astronauts poo in space.The science behind household sanitation will also be covered, revealing why there’s always some water in the toilet bowl. 
Perfect for Ages 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.Find out more about our Science Theatre shows (with behind the scenes info) on our blog.
Perfect for all ages   Included in your science centre admission
​Experience every twist, turn, high and low as your seat moves in time to the 3D action on screen in our 4D Motion Ride.You can expect to be blasted with wind and smoke, and you'll even be able to smell the action!For safety reasons you have to be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the Motion Ride. There are plenty of other things to enjoy if you’re smaller - just ask a member of staff.
Perfect for anyone over 1.2m in height   Included in your science centre admission
19 February 2018 - 31 March 2018 Hitch a ride on this incredible voyage that has Sean and his friends searching for his long lost grandfather, which leads them to the elusive “Mysterious Island”.​This immersive experience – that includes riding on the backs of giant bees, soaring over the jungle and through the treetops, and dodging the beaks of hungry birds – is a one-of-a-kind ride you won’t want to miss!For safety reasons, you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the 4D Motion Ride.
Perfect for anyone over 1.2m in height   Included in your science centre admission

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