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.

LEGO Angel of the North

North East Lego Landmarks

  • 14 January — 23 April 2017 *on now

See this collection of North East landmarks expertly crafted in Lego bricks at Life, including, BALTIC, Angel of the North and the International Centre for Life – a specially commissioned new model on show for the first time. Please note - LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price

Brick History - Titanic

Brick History

  • 14 January — 23 April 2017 *on now

Life Science Centre will be home to a host of intricate historical models, all of which have been made from scratch using LEGO® bricks. This new exhibition will span the whole of human history – picking out the key highlights – to show how mankind has progressed over the years, from the pre-historic era to modern day. Visitors can marvel at over 50 LEGO models depicting the most pivotal moments in history, from the Big Bang, to the sinking of the Titanic, the Moon landing, and modern events such as President Obama’s inauguration. Please note - LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price.

Images captured via the Hubble Space Telescope

Seeing the Universe in all its light – an exhibition showcasing the ‘big telescopes family’

  • 21 January — 26 March 2017

See scale models including the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) antenna, the European Space Agency’s Herschel Observatory and James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in this fascinating exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price

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 — 31 March 2017 *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.

Edge of Darkness Planetarium Show

Edge of Darkness

  • 25 October 2016 — 9 February 2017 *on now

In Edge of Darkness, viewers can swoop though cliffs on Comet 67P, marvel at the bright ‘lights’ on dwarf planet Ceres, and see the first-ever close ups of Pluto and its moons. Narrated by Hayley Atwell, AKA Agent Carter from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Recommended suitable for ages 7 and up.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 4D

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs™ – The 4-D Experience

  • 5 November 2016 — 26 February 2017 *on now

Join your favourite characters from Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in this new adventure on Life’s 4D Motion Ride. Manny, Ellie and Diego venture into a mysterious underground world after Sid the Sloth stumbles across three abandoned eggs and decides to raise the baby dinosaurs as his own. Once the eggs hatch, the adventure begins in the lost world of the dinosaur. Experience every twist, turn, high and low as your seat moves in time to the 3D action on screen. You can expect to be blasted with wind, smoke and water, and you'll even be able to smell the action!

Please note - For safety reasons you have to be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the Motion Ride

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Life's outdoor ice rink

Ice Skating

  • 12 November 2016 — 26 February 2017 *on now

Ice Skating returns to Times Square! Wrap up warm, grab your friends, and head to Newcastle’s favourite outdoor ice rink for tons of festive fun. The rink is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Please note - Children aged 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult on the ice rink. Children aged 10 - 12 must be supervised by an adult (adults can watch from the viewing platform if they prefer). As little ones aged 4 and under need more supervision, adults should have no more than TWO children of this age with them on the ice.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please see life.org.uk for full skating ticket prices.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/skating-at-life

A room set for a wedding at Life

Wedding Open Evening

  • 19 January 2017 4-7pm

Chat to our dedicated events team who will be on hand to talk through your big day, and meet our superb hand-picked suppliers who will help transform your dream wedding into a reality. Complimentary bubbly and canapés will be available - we love a good celebration!

Admission

Free entry.

Pre-school Day at Life

Pre-school Day

  • 24 January 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.

Pre-school visitors can add a 30 minute skate on the outdoor ice rink between 10.00am - 2.00pm for £2.00 per adult, accompanying children (maximum of two per adult) skate for free.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£7.50 per adult. Accompanying children (aged 4 and under) go free. Max 3 free child places per adult.

Science Selfie at Friday Night Life

Friday Night Life - an alternative night out for adults

  • 27 January 2017 7pm-10:30am

At January’s Friday Night Life, enjoy Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in the amazing planetarium, hear about the fascinating effect of food on your brain and explore Life’s new LEGO exhibitions, Brick History and North East LEGO Landmarks. Adults only (18+).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£8.00 (online advance), £10.00 (on the door)

Celebrate Burns Night at Life

Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh

  • 27 January 2017 7pm-12am

At Life, you’re guaranteed THE best night: delicious home cooked food, the friendliest staff, a wee dram or two, and dancing to a live band - as we celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. Top North East ceilidh band - Angels of the North - will provide the rousing tunes. Booking is essential, book now at life.org.uk. Adults only (18+).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£32.50 per person or £300.00 for a table of 10.

Booking required at life.org.uk.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Is there anybody out there?

Is there anybody out there?

  • 10 February — 31 March 2017

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

A couple enjoys a spin on Life's outdoor ice rink

Valentine's Day Skate

  • 14 February 2017 4-7pm

Break the ice with this special Valentine’s Day offer, which includes skating for two, plus a hot chocolate each for just £10.00. This is an online, pre-book offer only. Limited availability, book now at life.org.uk.

Admission

£10.00 per couple.

3 slots available, 4.00pm, 5.00pm and 6.00pm.

Booking is required at life.org.uk in order to secure this deal.

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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