You could spend all day at the wonderful We The Curious science centre in Bristol! There are so many absorbing interactive things that kids (and adults!) can get their hands on, play with and work out.
We spent nearly four hours there including a visit to its awesome Planetarium which is inside the big silver ball you can see from the outside. The Space Explorers 2D presentation, led by a very informed and lively space expert, was pitched just right for our four-year-old. Those over six can enjoy 3D shows and they also have evening shows for 16+ where you can fly away to faraway galaxies and discover distant planets. Our show was interactive, fun and informative and we went whizzing around space finding out about stars and planets. It is extra to go into the Planetarium: £2.50 each for a 2D show and £3.50 for the 3D. Under 2s are free.
In the rest of We The Curious, there are two floors packed with exciting things to explore. We particularly enjoyed the first floor where there are Wallace and Gromit activities including animation and drawing. Our son could have spent hours doing the animation films with all the little models of people and animals; it was really absorbing. The ‘Animate It!’ section was developed with Aardman Animations and is next to ‘The Tinkering Space’ which is a space where you can design, create and invent.
Also on the first floor, you’ll find ‘Live Lab’ – An evolving lab space where visitors can experience current science including practical lab skills, research and dissections. There is also a fun bubble creating area and a children’s play area with giant Lego bricks and a little climbing frame. The ‘Space Gallery’ which includes exhibits about space travel and discovery, is next to the 3D Planetarium which has 6-8 shows daily.
On the ground floor, you can explore ‘Food’ – A kitchen and living greenhouse with presenter led shows and exhibits about the science of food. ‘All About Us’ is where you can discover how amazing the human body is including ‘Real Brain’ – an exhibit that displays a real human brain to give visitors an understanding of medical science research.
We had lunch in the lovely café which we thought was really good value and had a range of healthy and wholesome foods from pizza and baked potatoes to salads and soup. You can also take your own packed lunch as there is a special designated area.
Exploring around We The Curious, you can enjoy Millennium Square with water features and a wander round the big silver Planetarium. The centre is also very near to the harbourside where there are loads of restaurants and cafés and things to do and see, including museums, boats and ships.
The aim of the science centre which is a registered charity is, ‘to create a culture of curiosity,’ and ‘A space that removes boundaries around science, connecting art, people, everything.’ We The Curious has an extensive community engagement programme and runs regular “Hello!” weekends throughout the year for communities who are currently under-represented in their visitors.
We will definitely return on another visit to Bristol. A highly recommended day out!
Prices without Gift Aid are: £14.50 (16+) and £9.50 (3-15-year olds) There are also family tickets and membership opportunities.
We were invited along to review We The Curious.