Eureka! Children’s Museum
Eureka! children’s museum has been preparing for Christmas with a number of events coming up.
The Eureka! elves have been beavering away to get the museum more Christmassy than ever before, and the big guy in red himself arrived this weekend, ready to meet children in the snuggly grotto!
The Eureka! grotto has been named one of the UK’s best places to see Santa by NetMums, for three years running.
Elves open the doors from 11:00am every weekend, and then daily from Wednesday 19 December. Grotto visits cost just £4 per child, and include a small gift!
The grotto is opened an hour earlier at 10:00am just for visitors with autism, and the Eureka! team can do all kinds of things to tailor your visit, such as changing the lighting and music, or even removing Santa’s beard (he’s magic, so it doesn’t hurt).
Festive Toddler Days
The next Toddler Days will be on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 December, when the museum is open the museum JUST for our youngest visitors.
There are no school bookings for either day but there will be grotto visits with Santa, extra early years activities, plus a brand new festive show ‘A Place for Winter’ all about a hedgehog and dormouse trying to find somewhere safe and warm to hibernate.
Do your kids have what it takes to be our star pupils this Halloween? We’re inviting half term visitors to enrol in Ghoul School to meet some peculiar professors to find out. Open daily from 20 October right through to 4 November.
Early opening! The museum will be opening at 9:30am on weekdays over half term, so get there early to avoid the longer queues.
Find out more about Ghoul School on the Eureka! website!
Ever wondered how you and your mates would fare against The Crystal Maze?
On Thursday 11 October, Eureka! challenges YOU to tackle a range of physical, mental, skill and mystery challenges in a Eureka!-style homage to a TV classic.
There aren’t any Richards (Ayoades OR O’Briens) running around the museum, but there are the energetic Eureka! Hosts to guide you through the challenges, winning loads of crystals (hopefully) as you earn time to face our final Crystal Challenge!
Team up to tackle a series of tasks around the Museum Zones, and, unlike the actual Maze, THIS version also includes a bar (yep!) and hot food for sale, so you can fill your stomachs with a selection of pick ‘n’ mix retro foods and fill your glasses at the bar in the mini Town Square.
Visit the Body Zone, Digi Zone and Sound Zone, and face challenges including:
- Meet a robot with a love of riddles
- Tackle the lazer maze armed only with your agility (and a can of hairspray)
- Steer a Spheero successfully around our track
- Plus other challenges to test your brain power, agility, co-ordination, and more!
This brilliant evening will also offer a chance to check out Fusion: Adventures in digital art – an exhibition featuring ground-breaking digital art from around the world brought together for the very first time.
Eureka! Lates are fun, adults-only evenings, so get involved in a parody of your favourite telly programme, set in a fun, interactive museum, oh – and remember – there’s a bar…
Roll up for an adults-only evening of tasks, trails, fun, food, and CRYSTALS!
Free car parking included
Tickets are just £8 and only a limited number are available! Book now at Eventbrite.
Yorkshire Day on Wednesday 1 August is also National Playday this year – an annual celebration of children’s right to play – and our friends at Eureka! have a day entirely dedicated to play with lots of activities outside for you to enjoy with your family, run by Calderdale Play Development Service and the Eureka! team.
FREE Playday activities will take place in the Eureka! Park, but please note that normal museum admission still applies if you wish to go inside the museum. Take part in den building, go karting, story telling and an assault course to name a few! The day runs from 11:00am–3:00pm.
For more information visit www.eureka.org.uk/event/national-playday-2017.
From Saturday 21 July to Sunday 2 September, Eureka! Children’s Museum will be holding a jam-packed festival of fun throughout the summer holidays.
Experience Fusion – the latest tech takeover of Spark gallery.
Explore virtual worlds, code an animated creature and interact with a huge digital waterfall.
PLUS a range of different special guests and extra activities will be going on every day; from explosive science and storytelling to robot building and coding.
For more information, visit What’s On at Eureka!
Kids (and grown-ups) can try their hand at coding, animation, Minecraft and more with a changing programme of hands-on tech activities and workshops. There will also be regular visits on different dates from a mouth-watering array of performers including:
- Storytelling with Eureka! favourites Gacko and Ian Douglas
- Circus performers The Great Mandavi and Circus Fudge
- Outdoor performances and activities with Same Difference Arts
- Explosive science shows from Professor Pumpernickel
- Creative sounds and science with Noisy Toys
- Learn to hula, Angie Mack-style!
- Get creative on Minecraft with Krash Labs
- Experience augmented reality with Peapodicity
- The bubbly-wonder that is Paris Bubbles
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum welcomes author Anita Frost on Thursday 19 April for an interactive storytime session. Little ones will love to meet Green Bean & Mr Bear while listening to the wonderful stories from the Green Bean Collection by Anita Frost. Green Bean is a true delight to children and families from all walks of life.
Green Bean has become a household friend for many children. This interactive storytime session is perfect for children aged one to six years, each child will discover, learn and have fun together with the adventures of the Green Bean Collection.
Please, note storytime sessions will run through the day subject to the below time slot availability each session last around 45mins to 1 hour.
Visiting children receive a balloon and an interactive fun pack.
Places are limited so please book a place at Eventbrite as above.
Do you have Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) or look after someone with it? Would you like to meet other families living with PCD and learn more about the condition? If so, join the PCD Family Support Group on Saturday 28 April 2018, 10:00am-3:30pm at Eureka! Children’s Museum.
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare inherited condition that is caused by abnormal cilia. Cilia are microscopic hair-like structures that beat in the airway clearing mucus and debris.
In those with PCD, cilia are either static or do not beat in a coordinated fashion (dyskinetic) meaning the body is unable to clear secretions. This can affect the lungs, nose, sinuses, ears and fertility.
The aim of the day is to learn more about PCD and meet other families to share experiences. Attendees will get access to Eureka children’s museum and we will be running age appropriate educational sessions in the human body section of the museum.
Talks will also be given by physiotherapists and PCD experts.
A buffet will be provided for adults and a packed lunch for children attending the event, and plenty of tea and coffee will be available.
The event is FREE but please register at Eventbrite.
Ever wanted to explore Eureka! without the little ones? Here’s another chance with Eureka running another Lates evening!
On Thursday 22 March, 6:30pm–9:30pm join an adults-only (but not entirely grown up) evening.
Join in with adult-sized explosive science demos (possibly involving setting fire to people).
Explore the museum – at your pace and with no pesky kids hogging the exhibits.
Your last chance to check out digiPlaySpace – it’s just as cool for grown up kids.
Free car parking included.
Plus there’ll be a bar in the museum for your favourite tipple and nibbles available from the café.
Tickets are just £8 but are limited so book NOW on Eventbrite Lates at Eureka!
For more information, visit What’s On at Eureka!
Visit the pop-up Virtual Reality Zone
Drop-in to Imagination Space and meet clever bods from the University of Leeds. They will be here from 9 – 18 March with a 360 degree virtual reality experience to try out. This award-winning tech has been created especially for children by scientists and game developers. Find out more about the VR experience here.
Find out more about DNA and Genomics
Head to the ‘All About Me’ gallery for extra hands-on activities. Eureka! has teamed up with the NHS’ Yorkshire and Humber Genomics Medicine Centre to offer interactive activities about how DNA and genomics will change the world of medicine.
See the NEW hands-on science show
On the weekends 10-11 March and 17-18 March, there will be a brand new show – The Secret World of Gases – featuring the coolest gas of them all; LIQUID NITROGEN. This interactive show has been developed with help from The Royal Society of Chemistry and BOC (the UK’s biggest industrial and medical gases company).
Try out a virtual reality headset provided by the University of Leeds. Make your own DNA sequence bracelet See an interactive science show – (weekends only).
Eureka’s Super Sunday and Holiday Clubs are for disabled children and the whole family. They’re run by trained Enablers, are lots of fun and a great way to meet other families. Our clubs are possible thanks to the generous support of the Morrisons Foundation.
Clubs are completely free of charge, plus all families that attend receive a free Eureka! annual pass. What’s not to love, right?
Here are the dates for the rest of the year:
•Tuesday 25 July: Autism holiday club (only a few places left!)
•Tuesday 1 August: Mixed holiday club
•Tuesday 8 August: Mixed holiday club
•Tuesday 15 August: Mixed holiday club
•Tuesday 22 August: Mixed holiday club
•Wednesday 30 August: Mixed holiday club
•Sunday 10 September: Impaired mobility
•Sunday 15 October: Hearing Impaired
•Sunday 12 November: Down syndrome
•Sunday 3 December: Autism Early Years
Our clubs do fill up so call asap to book your place: 01422 330069.
If you are hearing impaired, you can book your place by emailing us: email@example.com