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.
Boy rides a surfboard in Our Global Garden at Eureka!

Our Global Garden

  • Until 25 July 2019 *on now

Children explore six ‘gardens’ from around the world: the Town, Jungle, Ocean, Country, Ice and Desert to find out what makes each environment so unique, what life is like in these places for the plants and animals who live there, and why we should be more sustainable.
NC Links: Science, Geography, Maths, Literacy and the EYFS

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

For the most up to date prices visit www.eureka.org.uk

Website

http://www.eureka.org.uk

Father and Son play in the Eureka! SoundSpace

Sound Space

  • Until 25 July 2019 *on now

Children help Orby the Alien understand and enjoy sound and music through a series of stateof-the-art hands-on exhibits and activities; content includes sources of sound and how they are detected, how sound travels through different media, pitch, instruments and composition.
NC Links: Science, Music, Maths, Literacy

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Please visit www.eureka.org.uk for up to date prices

Website

http://www.eureka.org.uk

Girl goes shopping with her Mum in the shop

Living & Working Together

  • Until 25 July 2019 *on now

Children can get behind the scenes in a life-sized House and Garage and take part in creative role play opportunities to discover how things work in the adult world.
NC Links: Science, Geography, Maths, D&T,Literacy and the EYFS
The Shop and The Bank in the Town Square provide real life scenarios for children to explore including buying food items in the shop with money drawn from the bank, working as a cashier, a manager or a security officer.
NC Links: Science, Geography, Maths, PSHE, Literacy and the EYFS

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Please visit www.eureka.org.uk for up to date prices.

Website

http://www.eureka.org.uk

Coyote in the Desert Discovery Gallery

Desert Discovery

  • Until 25 July 2019 *on now

A desert-themed environment offering babies and young children the opportunity to explore, build, create and communicate. Babies can explore their very own Baby Oasis, and young children can collect and move boulders using the Bucket Lift and build their own structures at Cactus Construction. Children can dress up as desert dwellers and share adventure stories around the fire pit, crawl inside a cosy cave, meet a Coyote and discover the differences between night and day.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

(Minimum 10 children)

• Gallery Visits from £6.00
• Workshop Visits from £7.25
• Accompanying Adults FREE with every five children
• Additional Accompanying adults from £6.00

Website

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

Playing in the magpie's nest

SoundGarden

  • Until 25 July 2019 *on now

A giant sensory sound garden provides an immersive environment for babies and young children to explore nature’s stage. Children can dress up and role play as garden animals in the Tree Trunk Theatre, babies can trigger sounds on a Dew Drop Xylophone inside a specially created Leaf Cradle, and toddlers can crawl inside a mischievous Magpie’s Nest and solve day and night-time puzzles in an overturned Plant Pot.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

(Minimum 10 children)
• Gallery Visits from £6.00
• Workshop Visits from £7.25
• Accompanying Adults FREE with every five children
• Additional Accompanying adults from £6.00

Website

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

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.
One person on a skateboard pushes another on a skateboard

Feel the Force!

  • 28 April 2014 — 28 April 2016 *on now

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 *on now

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 *on now

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
  • 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

Child has a fake wound put on his arm

The Gross Lab

  • 28 April 2014 — 27 April 2016 *on now

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

Eureka! Snowday

Snow Day!

  • 29 November 2014 — 4 January 2015

A brand new interactive show exploring all the fun the winter season brings as a child experiences snow for the very first time.
Billie loves school. He gets to play with all his friends and he really likes his teacher. But one winter’s morning when he wakes up there’s white stuff covering everything outside and Mum says school isn’t open- it’s a snow day!
Follow Billie’s journey as he explores snow for the first time and meets a new friend who helps him discover just how much fun it can be.

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

Eureka! Grotto

Santa’s Grotto

  • 29 November — 23 December 2014

Join us in a magical winter wonderland to meet Santa and his festive friends.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Additional £3 per child (includes gift). 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

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Access All Areas, Super Saturdays: Wheelchair Users and Impaired Mobility

  • 17 January 2015 10am-12pm

Join us for our award-winning programme of events for disabled children and their families. The 2015 season kicks off on Disabled Access Day with a playful club for wheelchair users and those with impaired mobility. In the morning there will be fun activities in a dedicated space and supported visits to the museum galleries, all led by our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and understanding team of enablers. In the afternoon Eureka! will be running the popular drop-in Sensory Stories sessions which are aimed at children aged 3-11. The spell binding interactive stories are enjoyed by all children but are particularly great for children with hearing and visual impairment and ensure that all children can participate and enjoy. To book your FREE place on the morning Wheelchair Users and Impaired Mobility Club please call 01422 330012.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
Sensory

Access All Areas, Sensory Stories

  • 17 January 2015 — 1 May 2016

Come and enjoy our award- winning Sensory Stories sessions which are aimed at children aged 3-11. The spell binding interactive stories are enjoyed by all children but are particularly great for children with hearing and visual impairment and ensure that all children can participate and enjoy.

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Play with a Purpose, Waddling Walkers

  • 5 February — 3 December 2015

Play with a Purpose at Eureka! is a fun 5 week course focusing on mums & dads with children under three. Creeper Crawlers (on Tuesdays) are children aged 9-15 months while Waddling Walkers (on Thursdays) are aged 15 months to 3 years. Play with a Purpose provides an opportunity for parents to play with their children in our unique setting. Each week, parents and children will explore one of our galleries in an imaginative guided session, using play and song to look at a different theme. Parents will also walk away with information on how and why children play, the importance of play and supported with practical ideas/games that can be used at home.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£17.50 for a 5 session term on top of Standard Admission/Annual Pass

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Access All Areas, Super Saturdays: Visually Impaired

  • 7 February 2015 10am-12pm

Join us for our award-winning programme of events for disabled children and their families. In the morning there will be fun activities in a dedicated space and supported visits to the museum galleries for children with a visual impairment, all led by our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and understanding team of enablers. In the afternoon Eureka! will be running the popular drop-in Sensory Stories sessions which are aimed at children aged 3-11. The interactive stories are particularly great for children with hearing and visual impairment and ensure that all children can participate and enjoy. To book your FREE place on the morning Visually Impaired Club please call 01422 330012.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
PWP

Play with a Purpose, Creeper Crawlers

  • 2 — 10 March 2015

Creeper Crawlers (on Tuesdays) are children aged 9-15 months while Waddling Walkers (on Thursdays) are aged 15 months to 3 years. Each week, parents and children will explore one of our galleries in an imaginative guided session, using play and song to look at a different theme. Parents will also walk away with information on how and why children play, the importance of play and supported with practical ideas/games that can be used at home.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Where

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

Admission

£17.50 for a 5 session term on top of Standard Admission/Annual Pass

Website

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

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Access All Areas, Super Saturdays: Down Syndrome

  • 7 March 2015 10am-12pm

Join us for our award-winning programme of events for disabled children and their families. In the morning there will be fun activities in a dedicated space and supported visits to the museum galleries for children with down syndrome, all led by our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and understanding team of enablers. In the afternoon Eureka! will be running the popular drop-in Sensory Stories sessions which are aimed at children aged 3-11. The spell binding interactive stories are enjoyed by all children but are particularly great for children with hearing and visual impairment and ensure that all children can participate and enjoy. To book your FREE place on the morning Down Syndrome Club please call 01422 330012.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
Autism

Access All Areas, Holiday Thursdays: Autism

  • 2 — 3 April 2015 10am-12pm

Join us for our award-winning programme of events for disabled children and their families. In the morning there will be fun activities in a dedicated space and supported visits to the museum galleries for children with Autism, all led by our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and understanding team of enablers. Families will be free to explore the galleries in the afternoon. To book your FREE place on the morning Autism Club please call 01422 330012.v

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
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Access All Areas, Holiday Thursdays

  • 9 April — 27 August 2015

Join us for our award-winning programme of events for disabled children and their families. In the morning there will be fun activities in a dedicated space and supported visits to the museum galleries for disabled children, all led by our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and understanding team of enablers. Families will be free to explore the galleries in the afternoon. To book your FREE place on the morning Access All Areas Club please call 01422 330012.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
autism

Access All Areas, Super Saturdays: Autism Primary (age 7-11)

  • 9 May 2015 10am-12pm

Join us for our award-winning programme of events for disabled children and their families. In the morning there will be fun activities in a dedicated space and supported visits to the museum galleries for Autistic children, all led by our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and understanding team of enablers. In the afternoon Eureka! will be running the popular drop-in Sensory Stories sessions which are aimed at children aged 7-11. The spell binding interactive stories are enjoyed by all children but are particularly great for children with hearing and visual impairment and ensure that all children can participate and enjoy. To book your FREE place on the morning Primary Autism Club please call 01422 330012.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10

Access All Areas, Super Saturdays: Hearing Impaired

  • 13 June 2015 10am-12pm

Join us for our award-winning programme of events for disabled children and their families. In the morning there will be fun activities in a dedicated space and supported visits to the museum galleries for hearing impaired children, all led by our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and understanding team of enablers. In the afternoon Eureka! will be running the popular drop-in Sensory Stories sessions which are aimed at children aged 3-11. The interactive stories are particularly great for children with hearing and visual impairment and ensure that all children can participate and enjoy. To book your FREE place on the morning Hearing Impaired Club please call 01422 330012.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 0-4
Surf

Access All Areas, Super Saturdays: Down Syndrome

  • 11 July 2015 10am-12pm

Join us for our award-winning programme of events for disabled children and their families. In the morning there will be fun activities in a dedicated space and supported visits to the museum galleries for children with down syndrome, all led by our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and understanding team of enablers. In the afternoon Eureka! will be running the popular drop-in Sensory Stories sessions which are aimed at children aged 3-11. The spell binding interactive stories are enjoyed by all children but are particularly great for children with hearing and visual impairment and ensure that all children can participate and enjoy. To book your FREE place on the morning Down Syndrome Club please call 01422 330012.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 0-4
Autism

Access All Areas, Holiday Thursdays: Autism

  • 30 July 2015 10am-12pm

Join us for our award-winning programme of events for disabled children and their families. In the morning there will be fun activities in a dedicated space and supported visits to the museum galleries for children aged 3 - 11 with Autism, all led by our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and understanding team of enablers. Families will be free to explore the galleries in the afternoon. To book your FREE place on the morning Autism Club please call 01422 330012.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 0-4
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Access All Areas, Super Saturdays: Visually Impaired

  • 12 September 2015 10am-12pm

Join us for our award-winning programme of events for disabled children and their families. In the morning there will be fun activities in a dedicated space and supported visits to the museum galleries for children with a visual impairment, all led by our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and understanding team of enablers. In the afternoon Eureka! will be running the popular drop-in Sensory Stories sessions which are aimed at children aged 3-11. The interactive stories are particularly great for children with hearing and visual impairment and ensure that all children can participate and enjoy. To book your FREE place on the morning Visually Impaired Club please call 01422 330012.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 0-4
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Access All Areas, Super Saturdays: Hearing Impaired

  • 10 October 2015 10am-12pm

Join us for our award-winning programme of events for disabled children and their families. In the morning there will be fun activities in a dedicated space and supported visits to the museum galleries for children with a hearing impairment, all led by our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and understanding team of enablers. In the afternoon Eureka! will be running the popular drop-in Sensory Stories sessions which are aimed at children aged 3-11. The interactive stories are particularly great for children with hearing and visual impairment and ensure that all children can participate and enjoy. To book your FREE place on the morning Hearing Impaired Club please call 01422 330012.

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Access All Areas, Super Saturdays: Wheelchair Users and Impaired Mobility

  • 7 November 2015 10am-12pm

Join us for our award-winning programme of events for disabled children and their families. In the morning there will be fun activities in a dedicated space and supported visits to the museum galleries for children with impaired mobility all led by our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and understanding team of enablers. In the afternoon Eureka! will be running the popular drop-in Sensory Stories sessions which are aimed at children aged 3-11. The spell binding interactive stories are enjoyed by all children but are particularly great for children with hearing and visual impairment and ensure that all children can participate and enjoy. To book your FREE place on the morning Wheelchair Users and Impaired Mobility Club please call 01422 330012.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
surf

Access All Areas, Super Saturdays: Down Syndrome

  • 5 December 2015 10am-12pm

Join us for our award-winning programme of events for disabled children and their families. In the morning there will be fun activities in a dedicated space and supported visits to the museum galleries for children with down syndrome, all led by our knowledgeable, enthusiastic and understanding team of enablers. In the afternoon Eureka! will be running the popular drop-in Sensory Stories sessions which are aimed at children aged 3-11. The spell binding interactive stories are enjoyed by all children but are particularly great for children with hearing and visual impairment and ensure that all children can participate and enjoy. To book your FREE place on the morning Down Syndrome Club please call 01422 330012.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 0-4
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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