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Festive fun this winter

Family enjoying a festive planetarium show in Life Science Centre.

Step in from the winter chill, explore, have fun and make some magical memories this festive season at Life. 

PLUS! Our popular open-air ice rink returns in November (separate charges apply).

This festive season, enjoy a winter wonderland of magical fun.

Father and daughter completing festive experiment at Life Science Centre in Newcastle.

Winter highlights in the science centre

New Christmas show Journey to the North Pole and explore the wonders of what Santa sees when he takes to the sky on Christmas Eve, in a captivating planetarium show. What Santa Sees is a new immersive animated show produced by Life’s in-house team. Look up in the magical domed theatre and be transported to a twinkling wonderland, following Santa and his reindeer across the night sky.

Make and take home activities  Create your own unique Christmas tree decoration in The Making Studios.

Experiment Zone Turn forensic scientist to track down Secret Santa…CSI style.

Live science show – Feel the warm glow of fire as it burns underwater and the chill of watching ice that makes water boil.

Gaia, our planet Earth – Be amazed by the seven-metre wide, glowing replica of our shared home, created by British artist Luke Jerram

Wow Zone – Get hands-on with multi-sensory exhibits including light play, dramatic demonstrations controlled by you and the ‘Big Machine’ which stands over six metres tall!

Play Zone – Fun for under-7s with a book nook, soft play and more. 

Included in your science centre ticket

Young visitor enjoying Life Science Centre's trap door exhibit.
On now
Brain Zone
Included in science centre ticket
Age 7+ recommendation
Set aside about 30 minutes
Mother And son completing hands-on science activity in Experiment Zone.
On now
Experiment Zone
Included in science centre ticket
Age 7+ only
Set aside about 30 minutes
Toddler climbing in soft play area inside science centre.
On now
Play Zone
Included in science centre ticket
Especially for under-7s
Set aside about 30 minutes
two-visitors-sat-underneath-Gaia-a-large-replica-of-Earth-at-the-entrance-of-the-science-centre
On now
Our Planet Earth – Gaia
Included in science centre ticket
Perfect for everyone
Set aside about 10 minutes
Life Science Centre visitor wearing a coloured hat and pulling a face in the photo booth.
On now
Creativity Zone
Included in science centre ticket
Perfect for everyone
Set aside about 30 minutes
Girl Stood Underneath Astronaut Model With Her Face Projected Onto The Screen.
On now
Space Zone
Included in science centre ticket
Perfect for everyone
Set aside about 1 hour
Two boys working together to assemble a rocket using large bricks in Life Science Centre's Space Zone.
On now
Pop-up Play Stations and Discovery Backpacks
Included in science centre ticket
Especially for under-7s
Set aside about 30 minutes
Photo of the various exhibits included in Life Science Centre's Buzzing about Bees Hub
On now
Science Now! Hub: Buzzing About Bees
Included in science centre ticket
Age 7+ recommendation
Set aside about 20 minutes
Test your strength and lift yourself up to see the science centre from a different viewpoint on our pulley chairs.
On now
Wow Zone
Included in science centre ticket
Age 7+ recommendation
Set aside about 45 minutes
Group of visitors around Life's sphere, a circular dome in Space Zone
On now
Ocean Adventures A Bird’s Eye View: Sphere Show
Included in science centre ticket
Age 7+ recommendation
Set aside about 10 minutes
Adults Enjoying A Craft Making Activity Inside Life Science Centre's Making Studios
On now
The Making Studios
Included in science centre ticket
Age 5+ recommendation
Set aside about 30 minutes
Mother and daughter watching a live science show in Life's theatre.
On now
Fire vs Ice Live Science Show
Included in science centre ticket
Age 5+ recommendation
Set aside about 20 minutes
Overhead shot of santa flying over Newcastle skyline during 'What Santa Sees' planetarium show.
On now
What Santa Sees: Planetarium Show
Included in science centre ticket
Perfect for everyone
Set aside about 10 minutes
Family of all ages in Life science centre's planetarium watching a 'Just Look Up'.
On now
Festive Skies: Planetarium Show
Included in science centre ticket
Age 7+ recommendation
Set aside about 20 minutes
Traditional card maker activity
Coming soon
Guest Maker Activity: Christmas Card Crafting
Included in science centre ticket
Age 9+ recommendation
9 and 10 December
Christmas aluminium decoration.
Coming soon
Guest Maker Activity: Aluminium Christmas Decorations
Included in science centre ticket
Age 9+ recommendation
16 and 17 December

Special seasonal events (separate charges apply)

Group of skaters enjoying private hire of Life Science Centre's city centre ice rink.
On now
Ice Skating
Separate admission fees apply. Member discounts apply.
For all ages
Saturday 11 November – Sunday 7 January 2024
Santa and Twinkle the elf in Life's grotto.
On now
The Santa Experience
Separate admission fees apply
Perfect for children aged 3 to 10
Weekday afternoons in December
On now
Ice Skating with Christmas Planetarium Show
Suitable for everyone
Perfect for everyone
Weekdays throughout December
Three women on ice rink in winter clothing laughing and talking.
Coming soon
Ice Skating 22-24 December
Separate admission fees apply
For all ages
Friday 22 December – Sunday 24 December