As I don’t drive, places we visit when the kids are home for the holidays have to be easy to get to either by bus or train.We haven’t visited At-Bristol Science Learning Centre for a couple of years, so me and the kids headed off there for a few hours.We caught the train from Chippenham and with a 20 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads station we arrived just before 11.After a very long time queuing (we and countless others had no clue where the queue was and we were in the members aisle for ages before I realised).
Hosting a number of hundreds of hands-on exhibits to explore, live shows and a Planetarium, it is dubbed ‘One of the most exciting interactive science centres’.This time round we didn’t go to the Planetarium as I’d rather wait another year when Mouse is a bit less fidgety.We missed the live volcano show, which was something I really wanted to see but I was in single parent panic mode trying to find Kip and Cat who had wandered off together whilst me and Mouse were down stairs in the dinosaur pit.
The kids all had the same enthusiasm as they did when we last visited At Bristol Science Learning Centre, none of them said they were bored and when things got a bit claustrophobic we went off for a walk for food as you’re given reentry bands so it’s ideal if you want to bring a picnic and sit outside.There is an indoor picnic area if the weather isn’t too great.Alternatively there is a cafe.
There is free Wi-Fi on site, toilets and a small shop which sells lots of knick knacks and science related goodies.
As an adult I found the exhibitions interesting and really enjoyed learning about things I never knew or totally forgot about.On the downside I did find some of the exhibitions were looking a bit tired and in need of a lick of paint and re-labelling.I think there should be more ‘guides’ on hand to chat to the kids as I don’t think that the current wall information is enough.
I was particularly annoyed by the little shit of a teenager whose parents were mindlessly sat looking at their phones whilst he interrupted and spoiled my kids fun whilst in the bubble section of All About Our World.The words, “Do you mind!” came out of my mouth quite loudly and sternly.
Because it was the holidays we didn’t get to try out the animation suite.It was so heavily over crowded, I do think they need to extend this area.We spent a lot less time here than our last visit as we didn’t visit the Planetarium and missed the live science labs and I didn’t have toddler insisting on going to the toilet every half an hour like during our last visit. At Bristol Science Learning Centre is worth visiting again and again as the change exhibitions several times a year.
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10am – 5pm, Mon – Fri
10am – 6pm, Weekends and Bristol school holidays
Adults from £14.60
Children from £9.40
At-Bristol, Anchor road, Harbourside,
Bristol, BS1 5DB