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Published June 16th 2013
Experience 'Life' in Newcastle
The Life Science Centre is one of those rare breeds of activity - great for kids but fun for the grown-ups too. Just two minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station, it is a great day out in the heart of the city.
Life is an award-winning visitor experience but it's also much more than that - it is part of the International Centre for Life which undertakes world-class research in many areas including genetics.
The £90 million complex is a great day out for all ages, including pre-schoolers (although most information displays are designed for children aged six and over.)
It's mission is to get people of all ages interested in science while providing a fun day out. There are regular exhibitions, events and theatre shows and it boasts the largest planetarium in the region.
Unlike some attractions, where you can look but not touch, Life provides many hands-on activities. There's a thrilling 4D motion ride (minimum height requirement - 1.2m). Be prepared for twists and turns, mixed with the special water and smoke effects.
There's a Curiosity Zone to explore as well as a Human Life Exhibition, which explores our origins in a kid-friendly way, as well as the popular planetarium which hosts regular events such as the Naughty Monsters Explore the Planets, great for pre-school ages.
There are dozens of hands-on activities and the Under-7s area is all about getting children involved.
The centre is open from 10am-6pm (11am on Sundays) and is open all year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
There are regular special events - including shows such as the Age of the Dinosaur which runs for most of 2013. It includes several animatronic dinosaurs and a chance for children to "find" their own fossils. In winter, special events in the past have included a 4D Santa Sleigh Ride.
It's not a low-budget day out but the centre provides a special area for those taking a packed lunch so you can save on the price of eating out. It's also worth keeping an eye out for regular special offers - for example, show your Metro ticket and get £1.50 discount on adult entry.