Eureka! The National Children's Museum

Eureka! The National Children's Museum
Discovery Road
Halifax
West Yorkshire
HX1 2NE
England

Website

www.eureka.org.uk

E-mail

info@eureka.org.uk

Telephone

01422 330069

Fax

01422 330275

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.
Two girls jump with excitement at Eureka!
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Eureka! The National Children’s Museum is a magical place where children play to learn and grown-ups learn to play.

Eureka! is the leading children’s museum in the UK and giving children aged 0-11 a fun-packed day out. Everything at Eureka! has been designed to inspire children to find out about themselves and the world around them.

They can see their own skeleton, catch a wave, save a polar bear, build a house and even get a job at the Post Office, all in a day’s play! In fact there’s so much to see and do that you’ll find yourself visiting again and again.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Weekends, half-terms, holidays and bank holidays open daily 10am -5pm.

Term-time weekdays open 10am -4pm. Closed Mondays during school terms and 24th-26th December.

Admission charges

All tickets (excluding groups, school visits and Tesco Vouchers purchases) are issued as Annual Passes. The Annual Pass entitles all of the party you pay for on the day of your visit to come back to Eureka! free of charge and for as many times as you like over the next 12 months.

Adults: £11.95
Children age 3+: £11.95
Toddlers age 1-2: £4.25
Babies age 0-11 months: free

All About Me:
Our brand new £2.9 million gallery is open now! After more than three years of planning and development, Eureka!’s largest single gallery redevelopment in our 21 year history is ready for action. After all, it’s another ‘hands-on, minds on’ gallery – and this one is especially designed to get everyone thinking about how their bodies work and how to look after them.

Living and Working Together:
Uncover the secrets of work and everyday life. Be a cashier in the shop, fill a car with petrol in the garage, work the machines in the factory, and who knows what you will find in the dig!

Our Global Garden:
Take a fascinating journey of discovery across the globe, to see the world you live in and how to look after it. Travel through seven interactive ´gardens´; from a town garden in England, across the desert, into the jungle, to Polar regions, the ocean and the countryside. Join Gordon the Gnome and make some wondrous discoveries.

Sound Space:
Explore sound, music and performance using state-of-the-art technology on an amazing interactive journey with Orby the Alien – will you be a musician, a sound engineer, a technician or DJ?

SoundGarden:
Discover the sights, sounds and smells of nature in this giant enchanted garden especially for children under 5. Little babies will love the padded, tranquil leaf cradle and older children can play amongst the larger-than-life ‘must-touch’ exhibits.

Desert Discovery:
Especially for children under five, this magical desert environment includes ‘Baby Oasis’, a secure, vibrant play area for babies not yet walking. Older children can lead pioneering adventures in the warm desert daytime, transporting boulders and building mini-desert dwellings; and then explore the calm desert in the dark – what creatures can you see that come out at night?

Eureka! also runs a special programme of arts and science-themed events for weekends and half-term - contact the museum for more information.

To discover more, come and see us soon!

Collection details

Industry, Music, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A class look at thermal image of themselves in All About Me

All About Me

  • 29 March 2013 — 29 March 2023 *on now

All About Me has harnessed the very latest knowledge and techniques in playful learning to captivate, stimulate and challenge children in science, health and well-being. The gallery celebrates them as confident individuals who can live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. Multi-sensory, hands-on exhibits encourage them to explore how their body works and imaginative spaces and activities invite
them to enjoy and understand how unique they are.

What makes them unique, with opportunities for measuring their height, stride and reach; zooming in to see their skin close up; discovering what they might look like when they’re older and finding out more about the ‘stuff’ they’re made of.

In Making Sense of My World, children will find out more about their fascinating brain and make sense of the senses by using their own. They can explore a giant blinking eye (who’s it following?), climb on the huge tongue (how tasty are they?) and look up a very surprising nose (watch out for the sneeze and the snot tanks!).

In the role-play Health Centre they can take on the roles of a Dentist (teaching their patients how to brush their teeth), a Doctor (checking x-rays and scanning the body) and a Midwife (scanning the mum’s tum). Then report on the latest health news live from the TV Studio.

In Move it, Shake it, children can follow the gurgling journey of food through the digestion system from the chew to the poo, discover how their body changes when they get active on the climbing wall and interactive pond, investigate nutritious diets at the picnic tables and create a tune from burps, sniffs, coughs and sneezes using sound beams.
NC Links: Science, PSHE

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 0-4

Admission

Galleries £5.50
Galleries + Workshop £6.75

Website

http://www.allaboutme.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.
Two explorers peer out of a giant plant pot

Nature’s Stage

  • 5 — 27 April 2014 *on now

Wake up! It's springtime. Come and join us to watch nature's stage spring to life across our galleries. We're going on bear hunt round the Eureka! grounds. You can explore the Eureka! jungle, dressing up as your favourite jungle animal, put on your own jungle puppet show, play a game of jungle jeopardy and design a tropical butterfly. Join the Spring Fairy for an interactive nature walk on our outdoor sensory trail. On the 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 April, you can come and meet a variety of familiar farmyard animals such as ducks, chickens, pygmy goats and lambs

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Free with Standard Admission/Annual Pass. Pay once and come back as many times as you want for a year:

Adult/Child (age 3+): £11.95 each, Toddlers (age 1-2 years): £4.25, Babies (under 1 year): FREE

Website

http://www.eureka.org.uk/whatson

One person on a skateboard pushes another on a skateboard

Feel the Force!

  • 28 April 2014 — 28 April 2016

Meet special guest Ted the astronaut bear and explore different types of forces,
demonstrating what they are and why they are so important.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

Call the Play & Learning Department now on 01422 330012 to discuss your individual needs and to find out more, including prices, or to book.

Website

http://www.eureka.org.uk/outreach

Demonstrating the role of the large intestine

From the Chew to the Poo!

  • 28 April 2014 — 28 April 2016

Children follow the fascinating journey of a banana and peanut butter sandwich from the moment it is eaten to the moment it leaves the body as waste. Children will discover how saliva breaks down food and how our bodies retain the vitamins and minerals our bodies require.
“The show was very informative and the staff were very enthusiastic and they got all of the children involved” St Stephen’s Primary School

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Call the Play & Learning Department now on 01422 330012 to discuss your individual needs and to find out more, including prices, or to book.

Website

http://www.eureka.org.uk/outreach

Person standing in a giant bubble

Splash

  • 28 April 2014 — 28 April 2016

This show looks at all things water related – where it comes from, some of its properties, fun things that you can do with it and the importance of saving water.

Using a bizarre collection of props, hilarious science duo Fizz and Flash will lead visitors through experiments investigating every characteristic of water. Visitors can help create a tornado in a bottle, learn how to make a lava lamp and see a bubble big enough to fit a person inside! Perfect for science, geography and environmental themes

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Call the Play & Learning Department now on 01422 330012 to discuss your individual needs and to find out more, including prices, or to book.

Website

http://www.eureka.org.uk/outreach

Child has a fake wound put on his arm

The Gross Lab

  • 28 April 2014 — 27 April 2016

A fun show delivered at your school where children get the opportunity to explore the ‘ickier’ (but very important) side of the human body, including what happens when you cut yourself, what saliva is for, why we burp (and poop) as well as making fake poo, snot and sick!
“Entertaining whilst at the same time getting facts across. All children engrossed throughout” Farington Primary School

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Call the Play & Learning Department now on 01422 330012 to discuss your individual needs and to find out more, including prices, or to book.

Website

http://www.eureka.org.uk/outreach

Plasticine Dinosaur

Plasticine Jurassic Experience

  • 3 — 5 May 2014

Visit Eureka! this May Bank Holiday for a Plasticine Jurassic experience! Visitors will have a roarsome prehistoric adventure making and moulding dinosaurs, and meeting a scary roving dinosaur (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFf3ZWNF6EY&feature=youtu.be). Children will learn how to create a Plasticine dinosaurs in the Plasticine free play area which can help create a Jurassic Plasticine Landscape. Throughout the museum there will be a dinosaur hunt and every child gets to take home a free gift of a Plasticine Dinosaur Squidgem

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Free with Standard Admission/Annual Pass. Pay once and come back as many times as you want for a year:

Adult/Child (age 3+): £11.95 each, Toddlers (age 1-2 years): £4.25, Babies (under 1 year): FREE

Website

http://www.eureka.org.uk/whatson

Two sporty people

The Science of Sport

  • 6 May — 11 July 2014

Children will discover how speed, precision, stamina and balance are crucial elements
for many sports and how forces can affect them. They will also learn how advances in
science have changed what we wear and the impact on some of the equipment which we use. The workshop creates great links to the Tour de France, Commonwealth Games and the World Cup.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Admission prices
(Minimum 10 children)
• Workshop Visits from £6.75
• Accompanying Adults FREE with every five children

Website

http://www.eureka.org.uk/schools

Pirates with a Treasure Map

Treasure Maps

  • 6 May — 11 July 2014

Children will be recruited to help a couple of lost pirates navigate their way through rough seas and challenging terrain to find their lost treasure. Armed with a compass, some clues, their wits (and not a SatNav in sight), children will learn how to recognise geographical features and how to orienteer themselves and their pirate pals both indoors and out

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Admission prices (Minimum 10 children)
• Workshop Visits from £6.75
• Accompanying Adults FREE with every five children

Child discovers content of treasure chest

The Pirate’s Adventure

  • 13 May — 11 July 2014

In this 1 hour session, children will take part in an exciting story-focused adventure in our Desert Discovery gallery and learn about day and night as they search for hidden treasure.
There will also be an opportunity to get creative and join in with a sea shanty. Argh! Why not join in the fun and come dressed as pirates too!

If you book your visit between 13 and 16 May you can take advantage of Early Years Week. A special time at Eureka! when our youngest visitors have the museum all to themselves with no Primary bookings taken during the week. As well as booking The Pirate’s Adventure session, there’ll be all sorts of other drop-in pirate themed activities taking place throughout the museum.

Designed for children aged 3-5 years

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

(Minimum 10 children)
• Workshop Visits from £6.75
• Accompanying Adults FREE with every five children

Website

https://www.eureka.org.uk/earlyyears

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Creative Journeys at Eureka!

Creative Journeys extend learning within a Eureka! gallery by providing pre, on-site and post visit activities which capture children’s natural skills of exploration, investigation and experimentation. Coordinated by a professionally trained member of the team, they can be pre-booked for a maximum of 35 children as part of your gallery time at Eureka! and last 1.5 hours, inclusive of:
• 20 minutes of imaginative and fun investigations using story and characterisation to set the scene
• 40 minutes of exhibit-linked tasks in your chosen gallery where the adults become the ‘ideas catchers’ for their team of investigators
• 30 minutes of exciting investigations which extend the Creative Jou

How to obtain

For availability and to make a booking please call 01422 330012 or email bookings@eureka.org.uk

Global Garden

http://www.eureka.org.uk/galleries/ourglobalgarden.htm

Explore the Our Global Garden gallery where you'll find gardens from all around the world, from the jungle to the arctic.

Things to do at Home

http://www.eureka.org.uk/Things to do at home

Have a go at home at some of the things we do hre at Eureka!

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