Reviewed by Sarah Hicks
Just returned from another fantastic day out at the @Bristol Science Museum. It was a great family outing with husband, and 4 children aged from 3 to 7. We were occupied from the moment we walked in, to the minute we left – definitely a full day out in anyone’s books.
It is located in central Bristol with really easy public transport links – we used the park and ride service that stops right outside the door.
As mentioned this was a return visit for my family and I, and we all enjoyed it as much this time round as previously. They seem to have a knack of keeping the favourite exhibits but adding more learning fun into the mix.We went during the October half term and with Halloween fresh on everyone’s minds, we discovered various special events in full swing – the squeamish amongst visitors may not have enjoyed the live dissection displays, which my two eldest children were happy to watch – they saw liver being dissected and this was fine, not sure how they would have reacted to the eyeball display though! Hearts and lungs were also featured during the day.
Another experience we all enjoyed was fairy tale SOS, this was huge fun and there were several performances during the day. The children loved seeing science help solve various fairy tale characters problems, from a missing genie to a dragon that had lost its fire breathing puff! Autumn kitchen was another series of exhibits running when we visited, my children tried various concoctions from the juice bar and all had a go at milling their own flour – in fact we ended up with so much freshly milled flour that we made bread the following day at home – and very tasty it was too!
The Little Stars planetarium show was also a great experience, Beth – hosted the show and she was great with the children and really engaged them in the experience.
We enjoyed a picnic lunch that we’d brought with us, there is a large bright, clean and tidy room with bench seating which you are able to eat your own food in. We were also grateful we didn’t have to lug the picnic bags and our coats with us when on site, there are lockers provided which left our hands free to interact (play!) with the exhibits.
This is an award winning science museum that for the children and adults that visit is huge fun – as mentioned, it’s fresh every time, with new experiences to enjoy every time – I’d certainly love an annual pass, I think it would be more than worth the investment.
It’s a 5/5 from me for this excellent family entertainment venue.
For more information or to book tickets visit www.at-bristol.org.uk.
At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB