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Until Friday 4 February 22

Light up your winter in the science centre.  Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, luminous live shows, magical light play and real life experiments. Be wowed by Gaia – a great, glowing replica of planet Earth and explore the Play Zone for under-7s. 


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What's on at Life this January

Life Science Centre is a fantastic family day out in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. There's so much to see and do here, with activities and exhibits for all ages. Here’s just a snapshot of what you can enjoy, with full details below! 

  • Lumiere live show: Explore things that sparkle and glow in this beautiful live show.

  • Magical Light Play in the Making Studios: Experiment with magical creations that capture and project light.   

  • Experiment Zone: Extract DNA from the humble sprout.  

  • Lantern trail: Follow our glowing lantern trail around the centre and see how many you can find. 

  • Space Zone: Launch your own rocket; be the boss in Mission Control and check out how astronauts poo in space. Explore the planets and night skies in the North’s biggest planetarium and see our Earth in whole new light with the stunning digital globe Sphere.  

  • Gaia created by British artist Luke Jerram: It’s wowed audiences across the globe and now you can wonder at this mesmerising and massive recreation of planet Earth.   

  • LEGO® creations built by pro LEGO® artists: Be inspired to get building! Highlights include a 1.5m model of The LEGO Movie’s Space UniKitty and a steampunk submarine– the handiwork of Warren Elsmore – and Stephenson's Rocket locomotive, by local artist Steve Mayes. 

  • Pop-up play stations. Create a rocket, get measuring  and build your own giant marble run to explore how balls roll. 
  • Discovery backpacks. See a rainbow indoors, explore Planet Earth or hear some noisy toys. Grab your bag from reception to help your little ones explore Life.   

  • NEW Play Zone. Explore a fascinating world designed just for little ones where they can have fun and learn while they’re at it! They can create make believe meals and entertain in the mini- kitchen and café - and learn to recycle (it’s never too early to save the planet!). There’s magical light play, a chance to build creations and delve into soft play.

Everything is included in the price of your ticket, so you can start planning your fun-filled day out today. Dig deeper into what’s on at Life below…

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Please note: from 17 – 30 January, the planetarium will be closed to the public as it has an exciting upgrade.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this exhibition.

What our customers say... “Brilliant time – your staff are awesome. My grandson loved Esther’s lecture and I must single out Bella in the making Studios for her caring and patient attitude.”

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