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Happening half-term at Life Newcastle

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Life will offer plenty to entertain all the family over half-term

A new ‘make it’ interactive zone will be unveiled at Newcastle’s Centre for Life in time for the region’s February school half-term.

With the Wallace and Gromit Present…A World of Cracking Ideas exhibition well on its way to pastures new, the ‘make it’ zone along with two temporary exhibitions – Ancient Wisdom and Classics – will make-up the new area opening for the half-term holiday between February 11-19 and an expected 10,000 visitors.

Also taking up her new post will be Maker in Residence, Helen Schell, whose appointment was reported on these pages earlier this month.

A visual artist and educator based within the NewBridge Project in Newcastle, Helen will be based in the ‘make it’ zone which will house up to 10 stations dedicated to construction, modelling, printing and design experiments. Her role will be to inspire visitors of all ages and show how it’s done.

And with at least 10kg of Lego to play with, everyone should be kept busy.

The accompanying Ancient Wisdom exhibit will give visitors the opportunity to shoot down a castle wall with a Roman catapult, build an aqueduct to guide water to a village, harness the sun as the Greek’s did to burn enemy ships and lift water with an Archimedes Screw.

Classics is a collection of Life’s favourite exhibits like Sound Mirrors, Magnet Tables and Giant Lenses.

Special ‘Make It Big’ workshop will also be available from the Monday-Friday of half-term with microscopy as the theme. The workshops will run throughout the day and will be free on purchase of an entrance ticket. Visitors will be asked to sign-up at the reception desk.

In or out of the school holidays, Life offers a family friendly mix of permanent and temporary exhibits with a varied rolling programme of presentations within the Planetarium and Science Theatre as well as a motion ride and under-sevens play area.

In the Planetarium the new Shared Skies tells the story of how different cultures have interpreted the stars and planets to create their own stories and legends. Naughty Monsters in the Sky is also a recent addition to the programme and is particularly suitable for under-sevens with its simplistic explanations of rainbows and raindrops.

We are Astronomers explains the history of astronomy from the first attempts to create telescopes to today’s developments of the huge space telescopes which enable us to see into the far reaches of the galaxy.

The popular motion ride features Deep Sea, a plunge to the ocean depths in search of whales, giant squid and other creatures.

The Science Theatre’s All in the Mind presentation, which runs throughout the day, explores brain patterns, illusions and tricks of the mind and how we can fool ourselves and others into seeing things not as they really are.

Half-term also sees the end of Skating@Life with the last opportunity to take to the ice at 5pm (weather permitting) on February 19.

Life's new Maker in Residence Helen Schell will be inspiring visitors over half-term and beyond

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