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Please be aware there is building work being carried out within the science centre but we are still open for business. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Life Science Centre will be closed 7-10, 13-17 and 20-24 May to get ready for the exciting new exhibition Game On 2.0 which opens on 25 May. The centre will be open 11-12 and 18-19 May and 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.

The Young Explorers' Zone will be closed all day 3 - 5 June. Sorry for any disappointment caused.

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

Kids go FREE until 6 May 2019. Use code KIDSFREE at checkout. 

Terms and conditions apply, see www.life.org.uk/terms-and-conditions for more info


Science Centre day ticket prices valid until 6 May 2019:

TYPE

Adult (aged 18+)

Child (aged 5 - 17)

Child (aged 4 and under)

Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

DAY

£11

£6.50

Free

£9

ANNUAL

£39

£21

Free

£32

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22 December 2018 - 6 May 2019 Is there life elsewhere in the Universe? What would life on other worlds look like? Will humans ever travel beyond our Solar System? Science doesn’t have the answers to these questions – yet! – but thanks to the imaginations of sci-fi television and movie makers, you can almost believe that we’re already there.In our exhibition Alien Invasion, come and see 39 original and replica props from film and TV showcasing the best in sci-fi.
Perfect for All ages   Included in your science centre admission
2 February 2019 - 6 May 2019 Museum of the Moon displays the lunar surface in incredible detail on a seven-metre-wide sphere that is suspended in the air. It is massive, magnificent and mesmerising.Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram being presented worldwide at a number of arts and cultural venues over the coming years. The artwork is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.Museum of the Moon has recently been presented at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and in Aarhus, Denmark, for the European Capital of ...
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
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 Creative Zone, 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
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
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
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. 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
2 February 2019 - 12 May 2019 Science to amuse and amaze you in your very own kitchen. We often see science done in big laboratories, but there are plenty of weird and wonderful things you can do at home. Join our science explainers as they try some of them. What will you do in your kitchen?   Want to try some science at home? Download our handy toolkit for making the perfect slime with items found in your kitchen cupboards!
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
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
A night where astronomy meets art.   Experience Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album like never before in our planetarium – with visuals displayed on the dome to accompany the music – and take in the awe-inspiring view of a seven-metre-wide illuminated Moon, suspended above the ground.   Museum of the Moon, created by UK artist Luke Jerram, displays the Moon’s surface in stunning detail with digital imagery captured by a NASA satellite. Grab a drink at the bar* and take a seat to slowly take in the spectacular art installation. Please note: there will be two ...
Perfect for 14+ recommendation   Separate prices apply
25 May 2019 - 4 September 2019 From Space Invaders to Sonic, Minecraft to Mario, Game On 2.0 is an exhibition on the past five decades of computer gaming.   Explore the vibrant history, culture and future of gaming, entertainment and technology through more than 150 playable games. Retro aficionados can play on consoles from the 1970s with a dedicated arcade games section, including Pac-Man, Defender and Donkey Kong. Grab your friends, family and dance partners to have a go on multiplayer games such as Just Dance and Wii Sports Resorts. In the ‘Futures’ section, you can learn about the continuing development of gaming, including how ...
Perfect for All ages   Included in your science centre admission
2 February 2019 - 6 May 2019 Museum of the Moon displays the lunar surface in incredible detail on a seven-metre-wide sphere that is suspended in the air. It is massive, magnificent and mesmerising.Just want to see Museum of the Moon? Buy a 'Museum of the Moon only' ticket at a discounted price, available for the following times:Weekends: 4.00pm - 5.00pmWeekdays: 2.00pm - 5.00pmThursdays late night until 7.00pm.Please note: Between 6 - 23 April 2019, weekday tickets will be available from 4.00pm - 5.00pm.Other activities in the centre will close at the usual time.
Perfect for All ages   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Tuesday 25 June 2019, 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
Enjoy a vinyasa flow yoga workshop while taking in the awe-inspiring view of our art installation, Museum of the Moon.   Created by UK artist Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon is a seven-metre-wide illuminated sphere that is covered in digital imagery of the lunar surface and suspended above the ground. The artwork is captivating and calming, providing an atmospheric backdrop for the yoga class.   Vinyasa flow yoga is the most popular yoga style practiced around the world and is concerned with synchronising movement with breath.   Please bring along your own yoga mat if you have one ...
Perfect for 16+   Separate prices apply
Next Date: Sunday 28 April 2019, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Are you aged between 13 and 18? Want to explore what you can really do with science? Life’s hands-on sessions for teenagers include a ‘no boring stuff’ guarantee! Whether you take part alone or with friends, you’re guaranteed to meet like-minded people, learn something new and have fun.   Light, Energy and Living Things Come and see photosynthesis in action! Watch our stunt stick insects using oxygen before your very eyes and find out what peas get up to when they get wet. Lots of experiments which get to the heart of how living things work and provide an ...
Perfect for ages 13 - 18   Separate prices apply

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