Thursday 27 July 2023

Life Science Centre Newcastle - Review

 AD - We were invited free of charge in exchange for this review, however all opinions are my own. 

It has been a few years since we last visited the Life Science Centre in Newcastle and now the children are a bit older at 8 and 10 years old, it was like a whole new experience. The children had such a great time they didn't want to leave! So read on to see what we thought. 

The Life Science Centre is located in Times Square - right next to the central train station in Newcastle city centre. Getting there is easy with public transport, the central station metro station is just a few minutes walk and there are bus stops nearby and the Times Square car park just a short walk away too. 

Life Science centre Newcastle giant world

Life Science Centre

So what is the Life Science Centre? It is an interactive, educational visitor attraction suitable for the whole family. It is open 7 days a week 10am until 5pm and once you pay to get in you can access all the exhibitions, shows and activities without any further charge. 

The Life Science Centre is quiet big inside and it has different zones with different exhibits and activities. There is a science theatre showing science shows throughout the day, a planetarium, a making studio where children can get creative, there is a space zone with lots of interactive features, a wow zone, creative zone and brain zone for children to take part in interactive exhibits, a experiment zone (age 7 +) where children can do real science experiments and a under 7 play zone for younger children

life science centre

It is accessible with lifts and ramps for wheelchair and pushchair users (I took my children in pushchairs when they were younger and we managed to get around fine). There is also a cafe and a small gift shop too. 

You are free to make your way around the centre at your own pace and can spend as long as you want there, you can even come and go throughout the day with your ticket if you wish. 

What We Thought 

We spent around 3 hours at the Life Science Centre but honestly we could have spent a lot longer as the children did not want to leave. Now the children are that little bit older they could take part in everything and they were really interested in all the exhibits and really got stuck in. 

First up we visited the science show and learnt all about bugs and viruses, this was interactive and the children got up on stage and were part of the show. We then explored all of the different zones, the fact all the exhibits were interactive appealed to the children and they had good fun taking part in them all. The wow zone with the pull up swings and the space zone with the international space station area were big hits with my two. 

life science centre newcastle

The highlight for my 10 year old was definitely the experiment zone where they took part in some real experiments all on their own. Like looking at fingerprints and making rainbow colours. 

My 8 year old enjoyed the making studio and being able to get creative making cardboard faces to add to the feature wall they were creating over the summer. 

Everywhere you look there is something to see and do and this really appealed to my children. They enjoyed the visit so much that they have already asked to return in the near future. I think if you have children a similar age to my own then a visit to Life Science Centre will be a good choice this summer. 

life science space

Need To Know 

Life Science Centre prices (correct July 2023) 

Adults - £12.27 

Adult concession (over 65, student or unemployed) - £11.36 

Children - £9.09 

Children under 2 are free. 

You can also buy membership which costs £40.50 per adult and £29.00 per child. 

life science centre newcastle

Life Science is open Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

Life Science Centre 
Times Square
Newcastle upon Tyne 
NE1 4EP 

Website for further info and to book tickets

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