The Science Museum has gone and done a bit of a Willy Wonka with its Wonderlab: Statoil Gallery, a riot of so-fun- you’ll-forget- you-are- learning science and maths experiments that you can immerse the kids (and yourself) fully into.
Tucked away on level three, away from the hoards seeking out The Garden water play area and the models of rocket ships, the Wonderlab is separated into seven different zones with over 50 exhibits, live shows, Shake Bar and shop.
The exhibits are simply worded and utterly engaging and will get the most recalcitrant science-denier to become excited about dry ice and friction. The age range is recommended for kids between 7-14, although the Wonderlab is so accessible and hands-on that smaller kids will poke around with the magnets and life-sized marble run for what seems like an infinity.
The spaces are laid out over interconnecting rooms so that your brood can safely explore on their own without you ruining their attempts at making the perfect paper rocket. Music, colour, heat, space, mirrors, holograms, fire, ice, forces, energy…all these are to be explored in bite-sized experiments, if you can get your kids to let you have a turn.
Open daily, with day and annual pass options. Find out more here.
In other news, the Science Museum Group has teamed up with Aardman, creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep to develop new free interactive smartphone app - Treasure Hunters.
Treasure Hunters has been designed to give players the confidence to explore the Science Museum’s galleries further and to discover interesting and unusual objects and the stories behind them.
The app captures the fun experience of gaming and competing with friends and will take visitors on a unique tour of the Science Museum. By enabling learning through play it will help to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians.
Treasure Hunters can be played solo or in teams at any Science Museum Group location. The app is great for families looking for a new activity to add a sense of adventure to their museum visit and is recommended for children 5 and above. The app is available across iOS and Android on mobile and tablet devices.
Download yours here.