Centre for Life

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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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:
Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm* (Last admission 4pm)
Sunday 11am - 6pm* (Last admission 4pm)

* 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.

Closed Christmas Day

Admission charges

Adult £12.00 Child (2-17) £7.50 Child (Under 2) Free. Concs (Students; Snr Citizens; Unwaged) £9.50 Family (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) £29.50

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.
A Visual Representation of Stem Cells

Super Cells

  • 28 February — 19 April 2015

Super Cells explores the controversial subject of stem cells and stem cell research. Find out more about how stem cells live, what they are, how they work and discover the diseases they could potentially be used to cure.

Life is the only UK venue to host this exhibition, brought from The Canadian Stem Cell Network and the Museum of Nature and Science, in partnership with the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine, the Catapult Centre and the New York Stem Cell Foundation brought to the UK by the UK Stem Cell Catapult

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£27.80 - Family Ticket 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children

£9.95 - Adult (18+)

£6.95 - Child (2 - 17)

£7.95 - Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

FREE - Child (under 2)

2015 Admission Prices TBC. Please see www.life.org.uk for up-to-date details and prices.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/super-cells#.VDaul_ldXmM

Test and play in the Experiment Zone

Experiment Zone

  • 3 April 2015 — 3 April 2016

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

£27.80 - Family Ticket 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children

£9.95 - Adult (18+)

£6.95 - Child (2 - 17)

£7.95 - Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

FREE - Child (under 2)

2015 Admission Prices TBC. Please see www.life.org.uk for the most up-to-date details and prices.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Game On 2.0

Game On 2.0

  • 23 May — 1 November 2015

This major international exhibition is coming to Newcastle’s Life Science Centre in May 2015.

Explore the vibrant history, culture and future of gaming entertainment and technology through more than 100 playable games. Retro lovers can play on consoles from the 1970s and there’s a dedicated arcade games section, including Pac-Man, Defender and Donkey Kong. Your gaming journey takes you through the decades up to contemporary favourites, including Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 with games such as Halo 3, Wii Sports Resort and Rock Band.

Game On 2.0 takes an in-depth look at the people and technologies that have revolutionized games and how we play them. See the design process from concept to packaging for some of the most important games of recent times: Donkey Kong, Pokémon, Spore, Uncharted, World of Warcraft, Tomb Raider and The Sims.

The exhibition gives a global take on video games, the highlights include an exploration of the influence of manga and anime on computer games; films that have been influenced by and influenced computer games; online gaming, music composed for games and new games technologies.

Please note: food and drinks are not allowed in the exhibition.

*Depending on the game played - age restrictions may apply.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/game-on#.VIHS2clok7c

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.
Skaters enjoying the rink at Life

Skating@Life

  • 8 November 2014 — 22 February 2015 *on now

Ice skating is a fun winter activity for kids and adults - and it's good for you too! Come for a spin around the ice and even treat yourself to a festive hot chocolate for a fabulous winter day out.

You can turn your skating trip into a full day out by upgrading to a Science Centre and Skating combo ticket - just ask at reception. Take a trip on our festive 4D Motion Ride, Night at the Toy Store, from 8 November - 6 January, and explore everything else the Science Centre has to offer, including the planetarium, Science Theatre, Curiosity Zone and Young Explorers' Zone for under 7s.

Opening hours subject to change in cases of bad weather or for private parties, Christmas opening hours may vary. We also offer combined Skating and Science Centre packages for a great value day out, please check website for full details and opening hours.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Skating and Science Centre prices from 3 November 2014* - 22 February 2015

*Life's open air ice rink opens on 8 November 2014.

Science Centre only
£27.80 - Family Ticket 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children

£9.95 - Adult (18+)

£6.95 - Child (2 - 17)

£7.95 - Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

FREE - Child (under 2)

Skating only
£24.50 - Family Ticket 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children

£8.50 - Adult (18+)

£6.50 - Child (2 - 17)

£7.50 - Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

£5.50 - Child (under 2)

Skating and Science Centre combined
£32.50 - Family Ticket 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children

£12.50 - Adult (18+)

£9.50 - Child (2 - 17)

£10.50 - Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

£5.50 - Child (under 2)

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/skating-at-life#.VC1wwPldXmO

Do Try this at Home Show

Do Try this at Home 2

  • 2 December 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

This brand new show in Life's Science Theatre is full of things kids can try out at home (with a handy grown up to help). It’s about exploring and experimenting, observing and asking questions. Not all science happens in a laboratory. The show runs at at various times throughout the day and is suitable for ages 7 and up.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Adults - £12.00
Concessions - £9.50
Child - (2-17) - £7.50
Child - (under 2) - Free
Family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) - £29.50

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/do-try-this-at-home-2#.VHyUtTGsXDQ

Image from Retro Race

Retro Race

  • 10 January — 29 March 2015 *on now

Fasten your seat belt for a high speed race through villages, tunnels, forests and rocky mountain roads! The 4D Motion Ride is one of Life’s most popular attractions; visitors can expect plenty of crash bang and wallop! 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! Retro Race runs at various times throughout the day.

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 the Science Centre admission price: Adult £9.95; Concession: £7.95; Child (aged 2-17) £6.95; under 2s: Free; Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children or one adult & 3 children): £27.80.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Green Dragon

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

  • 10 January — 19 April 2015 *on now

Now in its 50th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography. The competition boasts talent from professional and amateur photographers of all ages. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth - the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Group discounts are available. Contact our bookings team for details on (0191) 243 8223 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

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

£9.95 - Adult (18+)

£6.95 - Child (2 - 17)

£7.95 - Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

FREE - Child (under 2)

Ticket Prices for 2015 TBC. Please check www.life.org.uk for the most up-to-date details and pricing.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk/visit/science-centre-prices#.VDaeq_ldXmM

A Young Visitor enjoys Pre-school Day

Pre-school Day

  • 27 January 2015 9:30am-3pm *on now
  • 10 February 2015 9:30am-3pm
  • 17 March 2015 9:30am-3pm
  • 21 April 2015 9:30am-3pm

Perfect for any budding scientist, Pre-school days are designed to allow under 4s to explore the Science Centre in a safe and fun environment. These special days include a range of exciting activities such as Piccolo Music workshops; mini-beast handling and a toddler bubble disco alongside a range of new activities! Access to the interactive Young Explorer’s Zone is also available during this event. Please note: For all sessions, we advise that the ratio should be 1 adult to a maximum of 3 children. Adults are responsible for the supervision and safety of the children in their care at all times. As water play is available, we advise adults to bring spare clothes for children.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£5.50 per adult, accompanying children (aged 4 and under) go free! There is also the option of a half hour skate on Life's outdoor ice-rink - this will incur an extra cost of £2 for the adult but accompanying children may skate for free.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Girl playing with bubbles at Pre-school day

Pre-School Day

  • 10 February 2015 9:30am-3pm
  • 31 March 2015 9:30am-3pm

Pre-school days are led by Life’s friendly science explainers and offer a range of 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 special planetarium show, Little Bear is also available during these special days.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Adults: £5.50.

Accompanying children (aged 4 and under) go free.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Ice Busking Show at Life Science Centre

Frozen Fun at Life this February Half-Term!

  • 14 — 22 February 2015

Life’s science ‘buskers’ will explore the power of ice and freeze things before your very eyes. Enjoy the biggest planetarium in the North and the region’s only 4D Motion Ride currently showing the high octane Retro Race. Under 7s can dress up in the Young Explorers’ Zone and try their hand at some frosty colouring in. Visitors can also make their own pinball game in our special Pinball Workshops. All exhibitions and activities are included in your Science Centre ticket! It’s the last week of the open air ice rink so get your skates on. Separate prices apply for skating but discounted ‘combo’ tickets are available.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Life's Admission Prices.

Family: £27.80
Adults: £9.95
Concessions: £7.95
Children (aged 2-17): £6.95
Children (Under 2): Free

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Performers at Bright Club

Bright Club

  • 17 February 2015 8-10pm

Organised by the Centre for Life in collaboration with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, Bright Club is perfect for an alternative night out. A variety performance with a difference – combining comedy, music, art, new writing, science, performance and anything else that can happen on a stage! Advanced booking recommended via The Stand Comedy Club, this event is suitable for adults only (18+).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

The Stand Comedy Club
31 High Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 1EW

Admission

£4.00 per person

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

CoderDojo Logo

CoderDojo

  • 21 February 2015 11am-1pm

CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people. CoderDojo sessions run at Life on every third Saturday of the month. Booking is essential at life.org.uk.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Free, but booking required to secure your place. See life.org.uk

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Science of Game of Thrones

Science of Game of Thrones

  • 2 April 2015 6-7:30pm

As Game of Thrones returns we explore the science behind this TV phenomenon, with award winning comedy performer and writer Helen Keen ('It's Rocket Science'). This event is suitable for ages 14+ and booking in advance is required at www.life.org.uk. More details to be confirmed closer to time.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£4.00 per person

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Chocolate Heaven Workshops at Life - Delicious!

Easter Holidays at Life

  • 3 — 19 April 2015

Whether you carry out experiments with real scientists in the Experiment Zone, take a spin on the 4D Motion Ride* or simply explore, Life has something for the whole family during the Easter break. All of this is included in the price of admission to the Science Centre. A particular highlight comes from the popular 'Chocolate Heaven' workshops, which will be running from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

Please Note - You must be a minimum of 1.2 metres tall to ride the Motion Ride. Don't worry if you're smaller, there is still plenty to do! Just as a Science Explainer.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£27.80 - Family Ticket 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children

£9.95 - Adult (18+)

£6.95 - Child (2 - 17)

£7.95 - Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

FREE - Child (under 2)

2015 Admission Prices TBC. Please see www.life.org.uk for the most up-to-date details and prices.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Robot greets guests at Maker faire 2014

Maker Faire UK

  • 25 — 26 April 2015 10am-6pm

Maker Faire is a two-day celebration of science, technology, performance and craft that brings together makers of all kinds. Maker Faire encourages a DIY spirit and runs interactive workshops, as well as displays of everything from puppetry to robots - and almost everything in between. Makers from around the world will flock to Life to display their creative flair and handmade goods. It is sure to be a weekend like no other!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

To be confirmed.

Getting there

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

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