Centre for Life

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Life is an independent educational charity that aims to engage the local community with science in a fun and interactive environment. Life hosts a mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions alongside a rolling programme of science shows. Times Square cafe is on site offering a range of food and Starbucks coffee, and a the gift shop is full of scientific goodies for all the family.

Venue Type:

Science centre

Opening hours

Centre for Life is open every day except Christmas Day:

Monday - Saturday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am - 6.00pm

* Please telephone our customer information line on (0191)243 8210 for up to date information on our opening and closing time as these are subject to seasonal variations.

Admission charges

Family (1 adult + 3 children OR 2 adults + 2 children): £27.80

Adults: £9.95

Children (aged 5 - 17): £6.95

Children (aged 4 and under): FREE

Concessions (OAP, student or unwaged): £7.95

Getting there

5 Minute Walk from Central Station Metro, Times Square Multi Storey Car Park nearby

Additional info

Wheelchair Access

Travelling exhibitions visit every year and we have an open air ice rink every winter

Collection details

Medicine, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Test and play in the Experiment Zone

Experiment Zone

  • 3 April 2015 — 31 May 2018 *on now

In the Experiment Zone you can explore how 'proper' science is done, carry out practical experiments using professional tools and equipment and meet real-life scientists, all included in the admission price to the Centre. Work alone or enlist the help of one of Life's friendly Science Explainers - it is up to you!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Please see www.life.org.uk for the most up-to-date details and prices.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Learn all about your brain in Brain Zone.

Brain Zone

  • 25 March 2016 — 31 December 2018 *on now

Your brain is the most amazing and mysterious thing about you – and something that you probably take for granted. The Brain Zone lets you understand what’s going on inside your head through exciting, fun activities and exhibits. Explore what makes you ‘you’! Scientists are discovering new things every day and you, and your amazing brain, can help improve our understanding by visiting The Brain Zone and taking part in experiments.

Brain Zone is a new, permanent addition to Life Science Centre.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price.

Girl poses with Dino Jaws models

Dino Jaws

  • 27 May 2017 — 7 January 2018

In Life's newest exhibition explore the sometimes gruesome, always fascinating, subject of dinosaurs and their food; from the notorious flesh-eating habits of T. rex to the vegetarian tastes of Iguanodon. In this exhibition you can also explore intriguing fossil evidence, hands-on exhibits and scientific insights that reveal everything we know about what and how dinosaurs ate.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price.

Please see life.org.uk for the most up-to-date admission prices and opening times.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Little Bear goes North

Little Bear goes North

  • 23 July 2016 — 5 January 2018 *on now

In her latest adventure, Little Bear encounters a lost polar bear and using her knowledge of the stars, guides her new friend home. Recommended suitable for ages 7 and under.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price, please see life.org.uk for details.

Is there anybody out there?

Is there anybody out there?

  • 10 February — 8 June 2017 *on now

Could there be life on other worlds in our solar system, or even beyond it? With space so vast and planets and moons so numerous how do we go about looking for life? Find out in Life’s newest planetarium show. Recommended suitable for ages 7+.

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – Chase over Atlantis

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – Chase over Atlantis

  • 3 April — 30 September 2017 *on now

The star of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” is back in another Jules Verne – inspired voyage! While looking for his long lost grandfather, Sean (played by Josh Hutcherson), decodes a secret map that points him and a group of adventurers to the elusive “Mysterious Island”. After finding his grandfather and discovering that the island is sinking, they all head for the shore on the back of giant bees! Hitch a ride with the gang in this immersive 3-D/4-D experience as you become a passenger in a real “flight of the bumblebee!” Soar over the jungle, zoom through the treetops, and dodge the beaks of hungry birds! Featuring an all-star cast, including Michael Caine, Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Luis Guzman, this is a one-of-a-kind ride you won’t want to miss.

Please note – you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the Motion Ride.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price

Let it Glow

Let it Glow

  • 4 April — 2 July 2017 *on now

From the sun in the sky to mysterious glows in the darkness, light has always fascinated cultures around the world. This show uses a mixture of stories and science to bring to life our understanding of light in all its wonder. Recommended suitable for ages 5+.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price

A child plays in the Curiosity Zone during Pre-school Day

Pre-school Day

  • 20 June 2017 9:30am-3pm

Each pre-school 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. Access to our Hands-on Young Explorers Zone and an under-7s planetarium show is also available during these special days.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£7.50 per adult, accompanying children (aged 4 and under) go free.

Please note there is a maximum of 3 free child places per adult.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Getting there

5 Minute Walk from Central Station Metro, Times Square Multi Storey Car Park nearby

Centre for Life
Times Square
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE1 4EP
England

Website

Our main website with a host of useful information.

www.life.org.uk

E-mail

info@life.org.uk

Telephone

Bookings Line

0191 243 8223

Information Line

0191 243 8210

Education

0191 243 8278

Fax

0191 243 8201

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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