It is Creativity Month, and for W5 that can only mean one thing. Time for ImagineNation. W5 is Northern Ireland's award-winning children's science and discovery centre; it answers all the five Ws - who, what, where, when, and why - with its over two hundred and fifty ever changing interactive exhibits. Over the next four weekends, one of those exhibits is ImagineNation, a spectacular event taking place between the 16th February - 17th March with special guests, robots, and more.
The first weekend is dedicated to Heroes and Legends; a must for all film fanatics. With activities spread across five floors, there will be no end to what you can do: browse the dealers' stalls on the ground level for some nifty merchandise, then head for level two, where you will find costumed characters, sets, and props. To enjoy the full experience, be sure to take a camera, that way you can have your photograph taken in the Orc's lair, strike a pose next to a superhero, and even try on the Sorting Hat.
Transformer fans and role-players will want to check out the Mezzanine on level three, you will be able to find Mechatrons & Wee Gamers. Level 4 is the place to meet your favourite actors and comic book artists such as Harry Potter stars Chris Rankin and Hugh Mitchell. You'll also see the storyboard artist from Game of Thrones, Will Simpson, whose artwork can bee seen in the gallery on Level 5. On top of all that, there will be several talks, Q&As, screenings, and cosplay at the lecture theatre.
Then on the 2nd & 16th March you can look forward to the Sketch Club. Life drawing with a difference. Instead of painting subjects in the nude, you'll be sketching them in costume. Try you hand at a Stormtrooper or your favourite superhero.
The 9th & 10th March is a weekend dedicated to Robot Nation. TITAN will perform comedy, street theatre, and music, while Rubot II will amaze you as he solves a Rubix Cube in seconds. Then Transformers writer, Simon Furman, and artist Nick Roche will be there to let you in on all their comic book secrets.
The event is included with the admission price to W5, which is £7.90 for adults, £6.40 concessions, and £5.90 for children.