Britain's museums and galleries have upped their game, now entertaining and enthralling young visitors as well as educating them. Where "don't touch" used to be a common command, these days children are positively encouraged to interact, often involving some mind-blowing hands-on displays. Here are some of our favourites.
This is no straight-laced museum but a place for a phizz-whizzingly good time. Children can dress up as Dahl’s characters, make up funny words, smell walls that look like chocolate and create illustrated tales. As well as meeting the great storyteller through pictures and manuscripts, you can even sit in his chair and jot down your own swizzfiggling story ideas.
Did your kids see Night at the Museum? Well this is where prehistoric creatures, science and nature truly come to life before your eyes. Come face to face with the animatronic T Rex, stand beneath the world’s largest mammal and feel the ground move in an earthquake. Witness giant tarantulas among the specimens in the Darwin Centre’s Cocoon, and discover just how humans are changing the environment. Inspirational for all ages.
Learn all about the elements on a high-octane, interactive adventure through fire, water, earth and air. Make waves, squirt cannons and get rained on. Dry off by a towering fire tornado and experience a ground-shaking pyrotechnic display. Drive a JCB and explode a rock face. Spin on a gyroscopic chairs and play on trampolines, spinning bowls and tilted roundabouts – all in the interest of science, of course.
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