Eureka! The National Children's Museum

18 April 2013

We absolutely love Eureka! I can't believe I haven't written about it before as it's somewhere we visit a lot. So I thought I'd tell you all about it and our most recent visit last week.

Eureka! is in Halifax, West Yorkshire. We're lucky because we live very close so it's only 15 minutes drive from our house. We don't usually go during the school holidays as it gets incredibly busy but it was raining on Friday and its a great place to go on a rainy day.  When we arrived at 11am there was a 45 minute queue. Fortunately we've got an annual pass so went straight to the front of the queue, got our hands stamped and went right in!

So what's inside Eureka? Well it's designed for children from 0 - 11 years old and is packed with hundreds of interactive, educational fun activities. All the exhibits are hands on and encourage you to have a go... feel something, smell something, look into something, dress up, listen,  jump, reach, climb, balance. You name it, you can do it.

When we arrived our first port of call was to the redeveloped 'All About Me' zone which only opened a few days ago. It's all about the body and how it works. First of all we had a go at  measuring our heights, armspans, reach and our biggest step. Even Lydia had a go at everything with her little two year old legs! The kids had a go at brushing some giant teeth and feeling the kicks inside a fake pregnant belly!  They looked inside a giant nose, made a skeleton dance and saw where your veins are. It's all about learning but is extremely good fun.

Here are our photos of the other zones.  If you wonder why the darlings have got different clothes on in some photos, it's because I've popped in a few photos from our visit last autumn!

The Global Garden
There are gardens from all over the world...the ice garden, the town garden, the jungle garden and the ocean garden, all with lots of activities teaching you about looking after the environment. 

Living and Working Together
There's a town square surrounded by shops and businesses where you can experience the world of work by pretending to be a bank worker, mechanic, shop assistant or postal worker. In the middle is the Eureka! House, with a kitchen living room, bathroom, bedroom and attic with loads of role playing activities in each room.

Desert Discovery
In this area for under 5's you can have a go at some desert construction, see the desert at night, look at some desert critters and crawl inside the cave. There's also a soft secure 'oasis' for non walkers.

There's also the Sound Space, a large zone all about the science of sound and music. You can compose your own music and control the lights, background and music on the stage. The Sound Garden is just for 0-5 year olds and is a magical garden  where you can paint a butterfly on a touch screen, do a puzzle inside a giant flowerpot or smell the giant flowers.

Outside is fantastic too. In the warmer months we always take a picnic and eat lunch outside {the cafe is great but can get very busy} surrounded by the giant sandpit and the playscape which the kids love.

This time we spent some time in the Wonder Walk which is kind of tucked round the side of the building so can be easy to miss. The Wonder Walk is a sensory trail which you can walk around and climb over logs and rocks and hide in the willow huts and tunnel. The kids especially liked it and I lost count of the number of times they walked round the trail. From my point of view it was great as I was sat on a bench but could see them wherever they were in the garden.

I'm sure it won't be long before we're back there again... after all we need to make the most of our annual passes!


  1. I went here so much when I was little! My Grandma lives nearby so we often went when visiting her and we also went on school trips! I wonder if they still have this tube thing where you write a letter and it gets sucked up by a tube and someone on the other side picks it up - probably not because we are talking atleast 12 years ago!
    The Life of Emily-Alice

    1. Hi Emily, I've seen that tube that you put letters in but I've never seen it working which is a shame as my kids would love that! It's still fab though, I'm so glad we love nearby x

  2. Hi Debra, thanks so much for your wonderful blog post - we really couldn't have said any of it better ourselves!

    The air tube can be finicky sometimes - the trick is to make sure it hasn't got stuck somewhere along the way (always a fun game to have the kids try and spot it!), and that you send it off again from the last place it landed.

    We'd love to show you how it works next time you visit! :-)

    1. Oh brilliant, we'll definitely have a go next time we visit, the kids will love it!

  3. I'm going this week with my 20 month old! :) x


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