Friday, 3 June 2016

Animal Inside Out At Life Science Centre Newcastle

On Saturday we were invited along to new Animal Inside Out Exhibition at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle. I will be honest and say that I had no idea at all what the exhibition would be like and it has been a long time since I last visited the Life Science Centre, so I visited with a totally open mind. I decided to take my two girls with me who are aged thirteen and just turned three, I thought my one year old would probably be a bit too young. The exhibition is aimed at children aged 8 + so I was really unsure about taking my three year old but she absolutely loved it!

Animal Inside Out Exhibit Centre Life Newcastle UK Gorilla

Animal Inside Out is described as "Being an unforgettable way to learn about animal science with an exhibition featuring over 100 specimens, including a full sized giraffe and elephant." 

Thanks to the science of plastination, invented by Dr Gunther Von Hagens, each animal has been painstakingly preserved allowing visitors to see its anatomy in fine detail. From elephants to eels and octopuses to ostriches, visitors will see the nervous, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems and be able to compare and contrast them to the human equivalent." 

" Hopefully visitors will leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the animal kingdom." 


Animal Inside Out Exhibit Centre Life Newcastle Bear

When we arrived at Life Science Centre it was really busy (the exhibition had just launched that day) so we decided to head straight to the Animal Inside Out Exhibition, which was clearly sign posted. We were also given a map when we entered which showed us where everything was and the best routes to take with a buggy. I have to say that the centre was very pushchair / wheelchair accessible. 


Animal Inside Out Ostrich at Centre Life Newcastle UK

Entering the exhibition I was instantly blown away by the magnificent animals, if I had not of known that they were real animals I would have thought that they were extremely good models. They showed so much detail and were perfectly presented. It really was fascinating seeing all the animals close up and finding out more about how their bodies work and seeing for myself what lies under their skin. I thought that my girls would have been a bit grossed out but they were fascinated and my 3 year old instantly recognised all of the animals and was not at all fazed.

Animal Inside Out Exhibit Dog Centre Life Newcastle UK

As we neared the end of the exhibition we were blown away by the full sized giraffe and elephant. I wish that I had of been able to get some photos to capture just how amazing the animals were, as the exhibition was so busy it was hard to take any without people getting in the way. 

Animal Inside Out Exhibit Cow At centre life Newcastle UK

Animal Inside Out foal at Newcastle centre life UK

Due to having a three year old with me I did not spend long looking at all the animals, maybe around 15 minutes but if I had of been with my teen then I could easily have spent a lot longer looking at them. We then headed to the cafe for a drink and some snacks which was situated near the exhibition. You can also visit the Planetarium, Science Theatre and go on the 4D motion ride during your visit, we did not have time to do these but I have heard that they are good. 

As well as the Animal Inside Out Exhibition you can also visit the rest of the centre too, there is so much to see and do. There was lots of zones for children to try out different activities and a experiment zone where they could be little scientist. However we spent most of the time upstairs in the young explores zone which is perfect for pre-school aged children, my three year old adored this area and did not want to leave. The young explorers zone is full of games, dressing up outfits and soft play equipment for little ones to enjoy, they also have a little shop and kitchen for them to play in which was lots of fun.


We enjoyed a lovely afternoon at Life, Animal Inside Out was fascinating and we also enjoyed exploring the rest of the centre and having fun in the young explorers zone. I would defiantly return as both my teen and toddler enjoyed it and I think that it would make a brilliant family day out that the whole family will enjoy whatever their ages. 


The Animal Inside Out exhibition runs from Saturday 28 May until Tuesday 3 January 2017. The centre is open seven days a week 10 - 6 Monday - Saturday and 11 - 6 on Sundays. The centre is really easy to get too as it is practically next door to Central train station. It costs £14 for a family ticket, £8 for a child or £34 for a family ticket, under 4s go free and visiting will make a great family day out this half term or one weekend.

No animals were killed or harmed for this exhibition. 

Disclosure we received complimentary tickets to this event for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own. 

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