All the way back in 2015 we spent a day in Bristol and enjoyed an afternoon at their science centre, then called @Bristol. The kids loved it so much, they have been asking to go back ever since.
With Kian now at university in Bristol, we have the perfect excuse to visit the vibrant city more often, so headed West to take the kids to see their big brother for the weekend and their first request was to head back to the science centre, now called We the Curious.
It may have had a change of name, but it is the same science centre we fell in love with, albeit with a few new and upgraded exhibits to see.
We the Curious has all sorts of different experiences which really do spark you curiosity, or explain how things work.
We really enjoy visiting museums, but the best kind of learning comes from being able to interact with exhibits, test stuff out and participate rather than just visit and look.
Can you hear something through vibrations alone, how does your body make you jump, how long is our DNA to seeing our blood flowing through our veins.
The kids really didn’t realise they were learning, because they were too busy having fun!
Sebby was particularly fascinated by the babies at different stages in the womb and was comparing the size of a baby at early gestation and full term. We had to go inside a large womb exhibit a few times with him as he enjoyed hearing muffled talking and the gentle rocking as mum moved around.
One thing we missed on our last visit was the Planetarium and during our visit we were treated to an extra special live show – You Are Here!!
A mixture of live theatre with an immersive 360˚ full dome planetarium experience, WOW Tours took us to find “the most incredible, remarkable, mind-blowing thing in the universe!”, equipped only with umbrellas and a mysterious A-Z guidebook of the Galaxy. It was great fun to take part in and showed us some remarkable things in space.
We the Curious has two floors of fun and upstairs you can try you hand at becoming an astronaut, make your own animations and try out some fun experiments. There is also a small play area for younger visitors.
Isaac was particularly good at making huge bubbles and putting them over his head.
Tickets for We the Curious cost from £15.95 for adults, £10.50 for children aged 3-15 and 0-2 year olds are free. A family ticket for 4 costs £45. Please be aware that planetarium shows cost extra.
If you have children that constantly ask who, how, what questions then this is the perfect day out for you and I am still of the opinion that it is one of the best science centres in the UK!