This weekend we celebrated Isaac’s 9th birthday and booked a surprise day out for him.
Isaac is Doctor Who mad, so when I heard that a Dalek Invasion was coming to Winchester Science Centre, I knew it would be something we would all love to attend.
We dug out our Doctor Who costumes with Eliza choosing to go as the tenth doctor and Isaac deciding upon his Cyberman costume and set off for Winchester.
Once inside we were booked onto two Dr Who themed shows and then headed off to see Dr Who themed displays, hands-on science, strolling costumers from the Charity Dalek Squad and even got inside the TARDIS.
All three kids were in their element as we spotted characters including the 4th, 5th, 7th, 11th Doctors, K9, Missy, Strax Sontaran, War Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness, a Silurian, the scary Foretold Mummy and UNIT soldiers who were roaming the venue…….
……and the Daleks of course!!
The first show of the experience was “Meet the Daleks” which was hosted by Captain Jack Harkness plus the 7th and 11th Doctors.
This show gave us the chance to find out more about the Daleks that had been roaming the Science Centre, who each answered questions from the audience. Be warned, never ask a Dalek how they go to the toilet!!
The show was entertaining and funny and the kids loved watching the Daleks move and talk like they do on the TV show, although they were not quite brave enough to stand next to a moving talking one for a photo, so approach a Silurian instead.
The second show of the day was a Dr Who play, a light-hearted play with a confused 5th Doctor, UNIT, Captain Jack Harkness and the Daleks.
It was only about 15 minutes long but the kids loved and of course, the Doctor saved the day!!
We emerged to find more characters wandering around and headed of to play and learn with some of the equipment.
The kids loved the Little Big Room for its optical illusions, making them seem bigger than me and each other.
The face swap screen was a hit too!
On this visit to the Science Centre, we also discovered an area where had never seen before……….the garden.
There is a small play area with climbing equipment for the kids to climb on…..
….plus an experiments area with water play equipment that Sebby adored.
We played outside for some time as the weather was beautiful but made sure we were downstairs for the Dalek parade which was happening at 4.30pm.
Everyone from the Charity Dalek Squad took part and the Daleks even took revenge on some boys that were taunting them with a brief demonstration of how they go to the toilet (water pistols to you and me).
Keep an eye on the Winchester Science Centre facebook page for upcoming events as they have them regularly and we enjoyed a Horrible Science day out there back in November.