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Life Science Centre will be closed weekdays until Friday 24 May to get ready for the exciting new exhibition Game On 2.0 which opens on 25 May. The centre will re-open fully on 25 May. The pre-school day scheduled for 21 May will no longer be running. Apologies for any disappointment caused.

Please note: Times Square Cafe will remain open throughout this period.

My Tickets

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

Life Science Centre will be closed weekdays from 7 - 24 May 2019. We will be open weekends as usual during this time.

Science Centre day ticket prices valid from 25 May - 4 September 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

£34

£15

£11

£8

Free

ANNUAL

£94

£39

£32

£21

Free

Group Visits to Life Science Centre

Life is a great place for groups of all sizes to spend a day and take part in some fun science activities! 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.
  • Tailored meal packages.
  • Familiarisation visits.

Standard group booking rates, valid until 24 May 2019


Adult group rate

£8.00 per person


Child group rate

£5.00 per person


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).


*Terms and conditions: You must book and pay in advance to receive the group booking rates. Group booking rates are available for groups of 10 or more only (excluding children under 5). 

Girl Guiding and Scouting
Take part in special Space and Science Investigator Badge Days.
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.
Schools
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

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.Experiment Zone opening times Monday - Friday: 11.00am - 4.00pm (last entry 3.30pm) Saturday: 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 ...
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
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
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
11 May 2019 - 19 July 2019 Our Earth is a welcoming place for us humans, but what might it be like on different, alien, worlds?​Humans love exploring – and we’re not stopping at our own planet! Although we can’t travel to most other worlds (yet!), in the immersive environment of our planetarium we can experience what it might be like.Dive through Saturn’s rings, fly above the Martian surface and find out what it’s like to walk on moons.
Perfect for Ages 5+   Included in your science centre admission
2 February 2019 - 6 May 2019 Discover some of the scientific secrets of the Moon. Narrated by BBC Radio 4’s science comedian Helen Keen, the planetarium show Moonstruck explores the brightest object in our night sky.
Perfect for 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
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
2 February 2019 - 24 May 2019 We all love to explore gardens, playgrounds and secret hideaways, but when exploring space is too dark and dangerous for human explorers, we send robots who act as our eyes and ears, sensing around them and sending us messages to tell us about it.A lot of what we know about our Solar System comes from the space robots that scientists have sent to other planets. Listen in to Mission Control as the messages roll in.
Perfect for Under 7s   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
18 May 2019 - 22 September 2019 A show that explores superpowers and whether they really defy the laws of science.​​​​​​​Wouldn't it be great to have superpowers like Iron Man and Spider-Man?Discover the science behind the nature-defying powers of your favourite Super Heroes in our Science Theatre show Super Hero Science.Watch as our Science Explainers recreate Spider-Man’s web-line and build an alternative power source for Iron Man’s mask live on stage!
Perfect for 5+   Included in your science centre admission
You can expect to be blasted with wind and smoke, and you'll even be able to smell the action, on Life's 4D Motion Ride experience!   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. Shows are on at various times throughout the day, daily show times are available on arrival.
Perfect for anyone over 1.2m in height   Included in your science centre admission
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
6 April 2019 - 19 July 2019 Join the ultimate adrenaline junkies on a 600 mph race in jet- powered flying cars careering through the unforgiving desert terrain.   Who will be the ultimate winner in this action-packed challenge?   For safety reasons, you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the 4D Motion Ride. This show will be on at various times throughout the day, daily show times are available on arrival.
Perfect for anyone over 1.2m in height   Included in your science centre admission

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