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Family fun this May

Little boy with father touching a Millipede during May half-term Zoolab show.

A great day out over May half-term and the bank holidays!

Enjoy thrilling live shows, exciting experiments, interactive exhibits and hands-on making activities at Life Science Centre

Plus! Enjoy thrilling, interactive exhibits in Wow Zone, including the 6-metre-tall ‘Big Machine’! Other highlights include Space Zone, complete with a replica of part of the International Space Station and Play Zone for under-7s.

Family Playing in Life science centre Wow Zone, having hands on fun with the big machine.

May highlights

  • Create and take home your own cardboard minibeast! How many heads, legs and eyes will yours have?
  • Get face to face with minibeasts – including tarantulas and snakes! – and discover that crawlies don’t have to be creepy, with special guests ZooLab (27-31 May only)
  • Explore the skies without leaving your seat with our new planetarium show Constellation Close-up: Virgo.
  • Be a scientist in Experiment Zone – complete with goggles and lab coats. Combine chemicals that will fizz, heat, cool and solidify.

 

  • Challenge your friends to a pulley chair race and see what sound looks like with our amazing hands-on exhibits.
  • Feel what it’s like to be an astronaut in Space Zone – complete with a mock-up of the International Space Station.
  • Nurture your young explorers in our new look Play Zone, a fascinating world where little ones can build, create, and learn.
  • Want to make your visit extra special? See a rainbow indoors, get to know Planet Earth and listen to some noisy toys with our Discovery Backpacks. (Limited availability. £10 refundable deposit required on entry).

Take a look around

Included in your ticket

Family of all ages in Life science centre's planetarium watching a 'Just Look Up'.
On now
Constellation Close Up: Planetarium Show
Included in science centre ticket
Age 7+ recommendation
Set aside about 20 minutes
ITV News' Ross Hutchinson presenting an interplanetary weather forecast on Life Science Centre's Sphere.
On now
Cloudy with a Chance of Diamonds: Sphere Show
Included in science centre ticket
Age 7+ recommendation
Set aside about 10 minutes
Little Bear is a popular planetarium show for under-7s inside the science centre.
On now
Little Bear: Planetarium Show
Included in science centre ticket
Especially for under-7s
Set aside about 10 minutes
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
Father And Daughter enjoying the colour wall in Hello World
On now
Hello World
Included in science centre ticket
Perfect for everyone
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
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
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
Science Now Hub! Materials
On now
Science Now! Hub: Growing our Future
Included in science centre ticket
Age 7+ recommendation
Set aside about 20 minutes
Mother and daughter watching a live science show in Life's theatre.
On now
True Colours Live Science Show
Included in science centre ticket
Age 5+ recommendation
Set aside about 20 minutes
Little boy touching a Millipede during May half-term Zoolab show.
Coming soon
The Minibeast Show
Included in science centre ticket
Suitable for everyone
Monday 27 May – Friday 31 May 2024

Café and gift shop

Family enjoying a hot drink in Times Square Cafe Bar at Life Science Centre.

Catering for hungry bellies

Food and drink can be purchased from Times Square Café Bar. Alternatively, you are more than welcome to bring your own packed lunch.

Young girl looking at brightly coloured bouncy balls for sale in Life Science Centre's gift shop.

Take home a memento of your vist

A visit to Life wouldn’t be complete without exploring our selection of science kits, toys, books, souvenirs and gifts to suit all ages and budgets

Family approaching the entrance of Life Science Centre for a fun day out

Getting here

Life is located in Times Square, just a two minute walk form Newcastle Central train and Metro station.

Family entering the science centre underneath Gaia, a large replica of Earth.

Science centre map

View our science centre map to get a feel for what to expect.

Group visits

Life is a great place for groups of all sizes to spend a day and take part in some fun science activities! If you’re bringing 20 people or more, it’s best to book in advance.

Mother and child in Life's creativity zone. The child is wearing ear defenders.

Accessibility

We welcome all our visitors and work hard to make sure our facilities are accessible to everyone.