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Life Science Centre will be closed on Friday 27 April as we set up for Maker Faire UK. Times Square Café will be open as usual.

While the Science Centre is home to Maker Faire UK on 28 - 29 April, our usual programme of exhibitions and shows will not be available.

The Young Explorers' Zone will be closed all day on Friday 4 May. Sorry for any disappointment caused.

Please note that some areas may be closed from 16 April - 25 May as we get ready for the next big exhibition, Robots - then and now (opens 26 May). 

A couple of our lifts are our of order, we’re working to fix them as soon as possible. Please ask a member of staff if you need assistance.

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

Science Centre day ticket prices valid until 25 May 2018:


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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

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 ...
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 - 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm) Sunday: 11.00am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm)​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 - 18 May 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 - 21 September 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
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
1 April 2018 - 30 September 2018 Meet Rusty, an extra-terrestrial robot who will catapult you on an exciting journey, flying across our planet’s surface and down a ravine – before continuing your adventure in space, thanks to one of his many engineering gadgets!
Perfect for anyone over 1.2m in height   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
20 March 2018 - 17 June 2018 Gases exist all around us, but most are invisible and don’t have a smell. In this live theatre show, our Science Explainers will use a variety of demonstrations to reveal interesting facts about these hidden substances. For example, what happens when you dunk a balloon into a bucket of liquid nitrogen? You’ll also learn how oxygen is made on planes, how harnessing the power of hydrogen could help us to have a greener future – and much more!
Perfect for Ages 5+   Included in your science centre admission
Next Date: Friday 26 October 2018, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM For a killer (robot) party this Halloween, visit after dark and explore our Robots - then and now exhibition like never before. With technology this advanced, you'd be excused for thinking there's dark magic at play here. There’ll also be spooky action on the 4D Motion Ride and a chance to play in the Brain Zone and Curiosity Zone.
Perfect for Adults   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Thursday 14 June 2018, 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Sex robots, pornography channels offering 3D content and online role-playing – harmless fun? Or a sinister side to the rise in AI?We'll be covering all the bases during this lively debate and we'll be asking: what exactly is a "sex" robot? Are there benefits in having a relationship with a robot rather than a human? Or do we run the risk of objectifying women and men? And if a robot has artificial intelligence – does it have rights? What are the consequences of love 'virtually' - for us as individuals - and for society in the wider sense?Speakers include:Dr Sergi Santos – the self-dubbed "Robin Hood ...
Perfect for 16+   Separate prices apply
28 April 2018 - 29 April 2018 We’ve hammered down the dates for Maker Faire UK 2018. Whether you want to grab your hand-bound calendar, chisel it onto a wooden plaque or code a countdown clock, make sure you don’t forget that Maker Faire UK will be back at Life Science Centre, Newcastle, on 28 - 29 April 2018!For all there is to know about Maker Faire UK 2018, visit the official website: www.makerfaireuk.comMaker Faire UK is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth! It’s a two day family friendly festival of invention and creativity, bringing together over 300 hackers, crafters, coders, DIYers and garden shed ...
Perfect for all ages   Separate prices apply
5 May 2018 - 7 May 2018 Animals are all around us, we live with them,
Perfect for 5+   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018, 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 show, Little Bear, is 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
Next Date: Thursday 1 November 2018, 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Will robots ultimately change our lives for better or for worse?There are many ways in which robots could improve healthcare and wellbeing: robotic surgeons are already being used in highly intricate operations, including to treat patients with pancreatic and kidney cancer; in our aging society, robots could help to care for the elderly with humanoid carers; while the many people who are unable to drive for health reasons could find greater independence thanks to driverless cars.In all of these examples, however, there are concerns that tasks once performed by a human could be taken over by a robot. Should ...
Perfect for 16+   Separate prices apply

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