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.

Animatronic Dinosaur heads in Dino Jaws

Dino Jaws

  • 27 May 2017 — 15 April 2018 *on now

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.

Colourful chemistry in Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

  • 3 October 2017 — 14 January 2018 *on now

Our Science Explainers explore the beautiful, colourful world of chemistry in this new Science Theatre show, with a mesmerising compilation of demonstrations set to music. Immerse yourself and let your curiosity flow. Recommended suitable for ages 5+.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price

See the world from space in new show, A View from Space

A View from Space

  • 3 October 2017 — 5 January 2018 *on now

Not all satellites look out towards the vast cosmos – some look down on Earth and, in doing so, give us detailed images of the surface of our planet. These images and information from the sensors allow us to see changes over time, such as the effects that humans have on our world, and even allow us to monitor colonies of animals in inhospitable and remote parts of the world. In this new planetarium show see the world differently. See our planet from space. Recommended suitable for ages 7+.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

The Polar Express Journey to the North Pole

The Polar Express Journey to the North Pole

  • 11 November 2017 — 18 February 2018 *on now

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

The Polar Express Journey to the North Pole is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal winning children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Please note: For safety reasons, you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the 4D Motion Ride.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price

Enjoy a spin on Life's outdoor ice rink

Ice Skating

  • 11 November 2017 — 18 February 2018 *on now

Grab your mates and head down to Life where the outdoor ice rink is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. There's no need to book if you're visiting with fewer than 10 people, just turn up and pay on the day (however, booking is required on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, please see life.org.uk for details.)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children): £25.00, Adult: £9.00, Child (aged 5 – 17): £7.00, Child (aged 4 and under): £3.00, Concession (OAP, student, unwaged): £8.00

Opening times may vary, please see life.org.uk for more details.

Website

http://www.life.org.uk

Santa Claus at Life

Santa Claus at Life

  • 16 — 17 December 2017 11am-3pm
  • 23 — 24 December 2017 11am-3pm

Our favourite fella in the red suit will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Life; he may even have some presents with him too!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please note there is a small charge of £4.00 for this event, which includes entry to see Santa and a small gift.

Children watch a Science Theatre show at Life Science Centre

Number 2 – the poo show

  • 16 January — 31 March 2018

All animals poo, but we don’t all do it in the same way. In this new Science Theatre show, our expert Science Explainers explore the weird, wonderful and sometimes whiffy world of waste.

Recommended suitable for ages 5+.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included in Science Centre admission price

Pre-school Day at Life

Pre-school Day

  • 23 January 2018 9:30am-3pm

Each 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

  • 0-4

Admission

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

Burns Night at Life

Auld Lang Science

  • 26 — 27 January 2018 7pm-12am

Enjoy ceilidh dancing and a Burns Night supper of haggis, neeps and tatties – plus a few of our own twists on the traditional celebration.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£32.50 per person, Table of 10 £300.00

Website

https://meetingsandevents.life.org.uk/events/auld-lang-science

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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