17 July 2020

North's science centre roars back to Life

Life Science Centre will reopen on Saturday 1 August 2020 with a stomping new visitor experience.

The new Dino Experience, which includes the Brick Dinos LEGO® exhibition, must be pre-booked online – a safety measure that Life has introduced to significantly reduce visitor numbers. Timed slots to visit are available to book from today.

Linda Conlon, Chief Executive of Life, said: "We’ve created a new experience that combines two of our favourite things: LEGO® and dinosaurs. Many of our exhibitions and theatre spaces, including the Young Explorers’ Zone, need to remain closed for now, but we’re sure that what we have on offer will delight and inspire visitors."

The Dino Experience starts with some LEGO® brick fun with the Dinosaur Challenge, in which visitors will be tasked to build a dinosaur using only six bricks. (Each visitor will be given their own unused pouch of LEGO® bricks for the challenge.) A wall of LEGO® brick models built by local professional LEGO® artist Steve Mayes will further inspire visitors with the endless possibilities of other things they can build at home.

Then it’s onto the new exhibition Brick Dinos. Artist Warren Elsmore and his team worked with a palaeontologist to carefully recreate some of the largest beasts to ever walk the Earth in miniature LEGO® brick form.

Most models are dinosaur dioramas in glass cases. The stars of the exhibition, though, are the 4-metre-long masiakasaurus and the pterosaur (commonly known as a pterodactyl) hovering overhead, with an impressive 2.4-metre wingspan.

Visitors will notice some changes that have been introduced for safety during the pandemic. For instance, everyone has to wear a face covering, including Life's staff. There will be a clear one-way route and everything is spaced out so that visitors can keep socially distanced from other families.

Linda added: "Our brilliant team will make sure you have a safe and entertaining experience."

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