There are some great events lined up at the Life Science Centre, Newcastle, in October and here are some highlights.
Bring your inner scientist out to play at Life! Explore hands-on exhibitions and activities, watch live demonstrations, see the stars in the planetarium and hop aboard the Motion Ride for a thrilling 4D experience! One science centre ticket price pays for a whole day of science fun.
October highlights include Moonstruck, a new film in the planetarium narrated by Helen Keen, Radio 4’s science comedienne, which tells the story of what moonlight actually is (recycled sunlight) and explains moon bows, the moons phases and the lunar calendar, waxing and waning, the gravitational pull of the tides and how the moon landing of the 1960’s paved the way for many more lunar revelations and discoveries made by unmanned craft since that time (20 mins duration).
The Young Explorers Zone is especially catered for the very young while The Curiosity Zone lets you create chain reactions, compose music, build machines and sculpt magnetic art.
Special Events – Pre-School Day Tuesday, 16 October.
Doors open at 9.30 Tickets: £5.50 per adult, children 4yrs and under free.
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.
Philip Ball Lecture Monday 22 October 6-7pm
Join science writer Philip Ball, author of Curiosity, How Science Became Interested in Everything’ as he delves into how curiosity makes the world goes round. £2 payable on door after booking on http://philip-ball-curiosity.eventbrite.com/.
Half Term Fun Spooky Science week 27 October to Sunday 4th November
Enjoy spine-tingling fun with slime workshops and new shows in the Science Theatre, planetarium and a new 4D Motion Ride, Dracula.
Dracula 4D Motion Ride starts Monday 1 October
Experience Kevin’s hazardous coffin journey through the catacombs of Dracula’s castle as he faces his own demons head on and valiantly tries to save his father from the vampire’s clutches.
For the family: Halloween at Life Wednesday 31 October 5-8pm
We’re staying open late on 31 October so forget trick or treating and join us for some ghoulishly good fun! Join us at Life this Halloween when we’re staying open late to celebrate this most spooktacular night! General admission price
For 18+: Life’s Halloween Late Wednesday 31 October 9pm to midnight
Creep, glide or float along for the best late night opening in town. Fun, frolics and plenty of frights are guaranteed. With our infamous cocktails, a devilishly good DJ and a science centre with no kids getting in the way, there’s plenty of fiendish fun to be had. The ticket price includes access to the Science Centre, including our Planetarium and a chance to race through the creepy castle catacombs with our new 4D Motion Ride, Dracula. Plus there’ll be fancy dress prizes for the most ghastly getup. Admission £4 Booking: 0191 243 8223
10 November 24 February ’13 – Full details on website and coming in November listings.
General admission info: Life Science Centre, Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP; tel: 0191 243 8210, reception: 0191 243 8268, life.org.uk. Opening Times: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm; Saturday 10am – 6pm;
Sunday 11am – 6pm. Last admission time 4pm all days.
Prices: Adult £9.95, Child £6.95 (age 2-17 inclusive), Children age under 2 Free,
Family ticket £27.80, Concessions £7.95 (all prices inclusive of Gift Aid)
Cafés: Life Café (inside the Centre) – weekends only and during holidays.
All details correct as time of issue- check website for up to date details