Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery, Science Museum, London. Family engaging with Heat Camera exhibit. Photoshoot with models during Covid-19 closure. 25 March 2021. Photo: Eleanor Bentall Tel: +44 7768 377413
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This spring, the whole family can get creative at the Science and Industry Museum – discovering inspiring innovations, creating clever contraptions and getting stuck into construction-themed activities.

From 2 to 18 April celebrate Manchester Firsts and world-changing ideas at one of the city’s most loved attractions. Exploring Manchester’s revolutionary heritage and the cutting-edge science happening here today with hands-on activities and live science shows.

Visitors can build their own fun in the brand-new Mega Makers indoor playground (daily at 11.30–13.00 and 14.15–15.40). Stacking and connecting large foam cubes, bricks, cogs, curves and cylinders to see what creations they can make inspired by the building work currently happening to restore and transform the historic site. 

Inventors of all ages can investigate clever contraptions with expert Explainers at Science Stops around the museum. Discovering how to take an idea from a curious concept to a real-life creation, then get crafty and design their own inventions to solve problems you never knew you had. 

Get hands on and see science brought to life in the newly revamped Experiment gallery. Play and explore with the new selection of interactive experiences. Discover how warm or cold you are and learn about heat energy with a thermal camera, make magnetic art, and throw some shapes on the museum’s new interactive shadow wall.

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There’s plenty of fun activities for younger visitors too, Under 5s can borrow one of the Construction Packs containing a high-vis jacket, hard hat and wooden tools—everything little ones need to ‘work’ around the museum. 


Curious kids can settle down for story time (daily at 10.30–11.00 and 13.30–14.00) with the Explainer team as they enter the world of Izzy Gizmo, a girl who loves to invent. Taking part in the story with actions and props, and then exploring the Mega Makers activity to make their very own inventions. 

The Science and Industry Museum is currently going through a multi-million pound restoration programme.  This means some areas including the Power Hall remain closed to the public and there is ongoing work being done to revamp the Revolution Manchester Gallery. However, there’s still plenty for families to do, see and enjoy during the holiday period. 

Free tickets for the Spring Holiday are available now and can be booked in advance through the museum’s website (www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk) or by calling 033 0058 0058.