Eureka! The National Children's Museum

Eureka! The National Children's Museum
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Eureka! The National Children’s Museum is an extraordinary fun-packed day out for families.

We are the only fully interactive museum totally dedicated to children aged 0-11 anywhere in the UK. Nothing is behind a glass cabinet! We have over 400 interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to inspire enquiring minds to find out about themselves and the world around them.

Discover 6 unique zones each with a different theme to explore. Make some noise and explore how music is created, experience the world of work and take over a child-sized town, and step inside giant body parts. Each zone is packed with equipment to explore, activities to do, and buttons to press. And with plenty of events throughout the year, from science experiments to interactive shows; it’s a different Eureka! experience every time.

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.

From 19 April 2016
Adults: £12.95
Children age 3+: £12.95
Toddlers age 1-2: £5.25
Babies age 0-11 months: free

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

  • 1 January 2000 — 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

  • 1 January 2000 — 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

  • 1 January 2000 — 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

  • 1 January 2000 — 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

Website

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

Playing in the magpie's nest

SoundGarden

  • 1 January 2000 — 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

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

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.
Outreach

Eureka! Outreach

  • 17 December 2014 — 16 December 2016 *on now

We understand that for some schools making a visit to Eureka! may not always be feasible, so we’ve developed a number of programmes which can be delivered in the comfort of your very own school hall. Let us take the stress out of organising a school visit by bringing the Eureka! experience to you.

Outreach programmes are delivered by two specially trained Eureka! enablers and are supported with an information pack for teachers and children.

Our outreach science shows are ideal for inspiring young and enquiring minds, enhancing creative curriculum themes and events in your school. Shows last around 45 minutes, can be performed to up to 70 pupils at a time and include lots of inspiring demonstrations and audience participation.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Prices are based on location and start from £385 for a full day of 4 workshops – which could work out at little as £1.38 per child! (based on 70 children per session)

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

Website

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

44 Days of Summer

44 Days of Summer

  • 23 July — 4 September 2016 *on now

Come rain or shine, summer at Eureka! will include regular visits from storytellers Ian Douglas and Gacko, explosive science with Professor Pumpernickel, a celebration of Tim Peake’s mission in space with the Destination Space family shows, and regular opportunities to meet pets and farm animals from Riggmoor Reindeer Company, plus much more.

With more than 30 performers and acts booked across 44 days, a changing programme of daily activities with 7 exciting themes for each day of the week plus, of course, more than 400 exhibits to explore in the UK’s first and foremost children’s museum, it promises to be a real holiday boredom buster for all families.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Aged 0-11 months: Free!, Aged 1-2 years: £5.25, Children aged 3+: £12.95, Grown-ups: £12.95 or free for annual pass holders

Website

http://www.eureka.org.uk

Play Day

National Playday

  • 3 August 2016 10am-5pm

Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August. This year’s Playday takes place on Wednesday 3 August.

As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Aged 0-11 months: Free!, Aged 1-2 years: £5.25, Children aged 3+: £12.95, Grown-ups: £12.95 or free for annual pass holders

Website

http://www.eureka.org.uk

Superheros

Superhero Weekend - The Return

  • 17 — 18 September 2016 10am-5pm

We're bringing back this popular event so grab your cape and join in

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Aged 0-11 months: Free!, Aged 1-2 years: £5.25, Children aged 3+: £12.95, Grown-ups: £12.95 or free for annual pass holders

Halloween

Halloween

  • 22 — 30 October 2016

Come and see the ghostly and ghastly going-ons... if you dare

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Aged 0-11 months: Free!, Aged 1-2 years: £5.25, Children aged 3+: £12.95, Grown-ups: £12.95 or free for annual pass holders

Santa's Grotto

Christmas at Eureka!

  • 17 — 31 December 2016

Visit our enchanted grotto and meet Santa and his elves.

See our interactive festive show 'Snow Day' exploring the magic of seeing snow for the very first time. For ages 3-6.

On weekends throughout December and from the 17 December - 31 December

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4

Admission

Aged 0-11 months: Free!, Aged 1-2 years: £5.25, Children aged 3+: £12.95, Grown-ups: £12.95 or free for annual pass holders

Additional charge for Santa's Grotto

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!

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.
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