Films and live shows in the planetarium and clever interactive exhibits throughout make science fun for all the family on this good-value day trip
In a nutshell
More than 100 interactive exhibits covering all sorts of scientific phenomena and theories are laid out over two open-plan floors. Visitors can make a tornado, follow different foods through the “colon cafe” to find out what they do to your gut bacteria; try rowing, jumping, running and balancing to understand the science of sport; record and distort your voice; confuse your mind in the Alice in Wonderland-like Little Big Room, where people appear to shrink and grow; and play with all sorts of weights, pulleys, circuits and gears.
The planetarium hosts live shows and films – heavy on cute characters, rather low on facts. There are also regular live shows inside and outside the centre – this summer they are all on the theme of sound: we watched music make flames dance on a Ruben’s tube, and made sounds from unfamiliar objects, including a Chinese singing dragon bowl. There’s more than enough to keep adults amused, too – check out the mind-control test.