Eureka! The National children’s museum

Eureka! The National children’s museum

Back in March, we visited Eureka! in Halifax, West Yorkshire. I grew up in West Yorkshire and my family still live there so we often revisit places I remember from my childhood. I think we only visited Eureka once and I was probably at the upper end of the suitable age range. Nether the less, I’ve wanted to take F for some time as it made a lasting impression on me.

I’m so glad we took F. She loves it here. We’ve been back again already and I’m hoping we’ll fit in another visit before the school holidays. That’s the beauty of Eureka, you pay once and can return as much as you like in the next 12 months.

If you’ve not heard of Eureka, it’s a children’s museum with lots of interactive exhibitions. There is a range of areas with lots for children to enjoy in each area.

F’s favourite area is the pretend play area. There is a bank with a working cash machine (not real cash), post office, supermarket, road works, car garage and a house with all the rooms you’d expect (F’s favourite areas are the kitchen and the bathroom with water play area).

 

Our second favourite area is the how my body works area. This is a bright and modern area which looks like it is the most recently renovated section. F loves the dentist and baby clinic areas. The baby clinic has scales and dolls to weigh. There is also a pregnant dummy with pretend ultrasound machine (complete with heart beat sounds). There are lots of x-ray images and light boxes and lots of different interactive areas to learn about how our bodies work. For example, there is one where you pedal and when you look in the window next to you a skeleton is pedalling.

There is a small creative room on the top floor where children can draw, do crafts or explore the light table. There is also a baby corner with mirrors, lots of black and white and treasure baskets. There was a member of staff in on the day we visited who interacted with the kids and really encouraged them to be creative.

On one of our visits, we caught an interactive room on the broom storytelling session. Some of the children participated and got to use the various props. There was also a short potion mixing at the end. Well worth catching if there is something similar on when you visit (it was announced over the speaker system).

There is so much to learn, on each visit we only scratch the surface. From learning about how the body works, recycling, growing crops, energy and daily life. F loves the nature of the exhibitions and certainly doesn’t realise how much she is learning. She’s at the perfect age for enjoying the role play areas particularly. E was able to enjoy some areas too and I can imagine already that at 12 months now she would get even more out of our next trip.

There is a great outdoor area too, complete with large sandpit that I can’t wait to explore this summer. A cartridge from a train is also in the grounds which you can explore and even picnic in.

Our top tips

  • There are communal lockers in the reception area for coats etc.
  • Picnics are welcomed. There are both indoor and outdoor seating areas as well as the train mentioned above. There is also a cafe on site.
  • As you might expect it is popular with school trips but there are signs up saying which areas they are using for lunch and at what time. Despite there being a few school trips in on the days we have visited, we have not found it to be too busy.
  • I have heard it is very busy in school holidays so I would arrive early. Again I’ve not been in the school holidays yet but I know people who have and they say the sessions they put on are fantastic and very much child-led.
  • Car parking is available and is pay and display.
  • We usually go by train and the station is right next door. Very convenient and F loves it.

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23 Comments

    • Claire
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      June 26, 2017 / 6:40 am

      It really is. F just saw me publish this and if we can go soon.

  1. June 30, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    I’ve pinned this for future reference should we go that way. It certainly sounds like a great educational and fun place to visit. #familytraveltips

  2. July 1, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    Looks like you had a great day, this is definitely on our to do list when we next travel north

  3. July 1, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    This looks so fabulous! I can’t believe we’ve never been. I’m pinning this for later, as well as Stumbling it, so we remember to visit soon! #FamilyTravelTips

  4. July 3, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Wow, I just love the whole concept of a museum that is aimed purely at children. We don’t live anywhere near Halifax but if we’re ever up that way I’m definitely going to visit with the girls. I love the sound of the Room on the Broom storytelling. That’s one of our favourite stories and I bet it was really easy to interact with. Thanks very much for linking up to #Familytraveltips
    Nat.x

  5. What a wonderfully fun, interactive museum! And such value for money that you pay once and can return as much as you like in the next 12 months. This will be an absolute must visit place for us if we are in the area. Thank you for linking up to #Familytraveltips

  6. July 4, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    Never mind the kids, I am pretty taken wit the idea of playing around with all of those exhibits. Cool!

  7. July 6, 2017 / 11:51 am

    Looks really interesting and a good day out. Its so lovely to see places before you go and have an idea if it will suit your own children. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.
    Mainy

    • Claire
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      July 16, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      It is. Can’t wait to go back

  8. July 14, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    We LOVE Eureka!! I have such great memories of it from when I was little so took my boys this year – just as good as I remember it. Wish we’d been there for the Room on the Broom storytelling.
    #kcacols

    • Claire
      Author
      July 16, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      They’ve just done another area up. I’m hoping to go back and explire soon. It looks amazing!

  9. July 15, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    This sounds alot like Kidzania! Without wishing the time away I cannot wait to take little Eco to places such as these. #KCACOLS

    • Claire
      Author
      July 16, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      I know what you mean about looking forward without wishing time away.

  10. November 16, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    We love Eureka- we’re in North Yorks so not too far for us- it is a great day out! #bloggerpinparty

    • Claire
      Author
      November 17, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      I wish we were nearer!

  11. November 21, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    This looks awesome! My kids would love it 🙂 They always spend most of their time in the human body section of the Boston Museum of Science, so the how my body works area would be a big hit! #bloggerpinparty

    • Claire
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 9:39 pm

      It’s great that they are learning so much without realising.

  12. November 25, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    That sounds like a great day out. I’d never come across Children’s Museums until we heard about the one in Portland, but I’m going to be on the hunt for them in any city we visit as our son loved the one in Portland! #bloggerpinparty

  13. November 26, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    This looks great- I wish we lived nearer! #bloggerpinparty

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