Eureka! The National Children's Museum is like no other museum I have ever been to. You pay once and get entrance free for a whole year, which is fantastic because there is so much here to do that you will keep wanting to go back. It is aimed at children aged between 0 and 11 and is geared around learning via play, so offers plenty of educational fun for all the family.
Picture taken from the Eureka! Facebook page
There are six themed interactive areas to explore within the museum and they all provide novel and engaging activities for children to participate in. The first area you will visit is the Living and Working Together area and this is where imagination and exploratory play is developed. Children are encouraged to explore their child-sizes town square and learn about the world of work. There is a bank, a shop, a garage, a post office and so much more to run around in and really get to grips with role play. We could spend hours in this area alone.
Next stop is the Spark Gallery where they have interactive exhibitions, workshops and pop up activities. Here they have lots of things going on and hands on staff to assist and help you use the different materials. Here you will learn about interactive technology and see the latest in digital art from around the world. My daughter was encouraged to build a moving tower using different blocks which made the object move in different ways.
Downstairs you also have the Sound Space and the Sound Garden which includes a soft play area for smaller children. I find the museum is perfectly suited for little ones to run round in and it is a really safe space. The Sound Garden is a really lovely area with lots of sensory activities for children under five. They can dress up here, listen to lullabies and design their own butterfly.
My favourite area here has to be the All About Me space which aims at encouraging children to learn about the body and to explore how it all works. Here they can look up a giant nose, scan a pregnant mum's tummy and find out what they might look like a few years from now. Here they will find out just how amazing our bodies are and what they are capable of. There are lots of interactive activities here including cycling a bike to see how your bones work! There are also quiet spaces in here to sit and read with your little ones.
The Creative Space and the Desert Discovery are upstairs and they both are specially designed areas for under 5s. The Creative Space is a fab little place to relax and take part in some early years activities. There are sensory bottles, music makers, shapes, books and arts and crafts for children to use as they see fit. The staff in this area are really helpful and encourage everyone to participate. The Desert Discovery has a baby oasis and lots of facts about the desert. There is a giant crank that moves balls around that my little girl loves.
They have lots of events and activities running throughout the year and especially during the school holidays. It is worth checking out there events page on Facebook regularly. You can get to the link here. They cater for picnics here and they have some great spots, one of which is in a train carriage. There is a full sized, train carriage open from 11:00am until 2:00 every day. You can also have your lunch under the Archimedes water feature in the central area. There is a café on site too which has a wide range of snacks, mains and cakes.
Useful information: Address: Eureka! The National Children's Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE
Opening hours: Term time, six days a week: Monday closed, Tuesday to Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm,Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm. School holidays, every day 10:00am to 5:00pm
Santa's personal assistants will take you behind the scenes in this never-before-seen grand tour where you'll get to meet Santa and, if you show your backstage pass, then you can enter his toy shop to pick your own gift.