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KidRated’s Science Museum Top Tips:

  • Allow plenty of time for interactive elements
  • Great for active kids on a rainy day
  • If you have time, visit the neighbouring V&A and Natural History Museum on the same day

The Science Museum is the place to go for an educational day out that’s so much fun that kids won’t realise how much they’ve learnt. With captivating interactive galleries, exhibitions, simulators and even an IMAX 3D Theatre, science will never get boring!

 

There are always plenty of changing exhibitions, so check in advance to see what’s on.

Robots has just opened and is already proving very popular.

 

Budding physicists can learn more about the world-famous scientist in Einstein’s Legacy, or visit Our Lives in Data to uncover some of the diverse ways our data is being collected, analysed and used.

 

From 12 October kids can get hands-on with real scientific phenomena in Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery. Ignite their curiosity and stir their imagination by ordering a live experiment at the Chemistry Bar, watching lightning strike before your eyes or travelling through the solar system under a canopy of stars. Wonderlab will inspire your children to see the world around them differently.

 

The journey continues in FlyZone with the Typhoon jet simulator, taking you on an action-packed mission, culminating in a stomach-wrenching 40,000 foot descent, or join the RAF Red Arrows during one of their sensational aerobatic displays in Red Arrows 3D, before taking the controls in Fly 360.

 

For younger kids, a visit to the Pattern Pod, a multi-sensory area for children under 8, is a must. Full of interactive exhibits that encourage children to recognise and copy, they can explore water ripples without getting their feet wet, create symmetrical images on touch screens, follow robot trails and much more. For older science enthusiasts, check out Engineer Your Future, a highly interactive exhibition where your teenager can learn about the role of engineers and discover whether they might like to consider this exciting career through games, video and engaging displays.

 

If your kids have questions about the world, or even just about themselves, the Science Museum not only has the answer but the way to find it will keep the kids engaged for hours.

 

 

imax science museumA Beautiful Planet is one of a range of 3D films on offer at the museum’s IMAX Theatre. This exciting film allows you and your children to experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet, captured from the international space station.

  • Tickets cost £11 for adults and £10 for concessions
  • Pre-booking required
  • Suitable for ages 8-16

 


 

Booking Advice:

  • Entrance into the museum is FREE!
  • Plan to go at quieter times, school holidays are very busy
  • Certain exhibitions, films and simulations do cost money – check in advance for prices and restrictions

VISITOR INFORMATION

Where:

Exhibition Road
South Kensington
London
SW7 2DD

When:

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Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7942 4000

Website:

Opening hours:

Open 10.00-18.00 daily.

How to get there:

Tube: South Kensington

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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • ‘The Garden’ is a fantastic play space in the basement for under 5s. Leave your buggy in the free buggy park by the entrance before going in.
  • Bring a packed lunch as the cafes (and the shop) get really busy. We often eat on the seats by the lift on the 3rd floor (near the Flight gallery).
  • As much as the museum would like your donation it is still free here so don’t be put off by the ‘ticket barriers’ at the main entrance.
  • The ‘Exploring Space’ gallery on the ground floor is dark so it’s easy to lose the kids in there.
  • It is loud in the Science Museum but, as with most museums, get off the ground floor and it’s a lot less crowded.

You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at aboutlondonlaura.com

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