Science Oxford Centre announces special opening event for families

Our new Science Oxford Centre, the UK’s first science education centre to feature both indoor and outdoor activities, will be hosting a very special opening event on Friday 31st May to celebrate the completion of the project and the launch of this fantastic new resource for young people and their families/carers across the region.

The Science Oxford Centre is designed as a place of investigation and discovery – an exciting space where children can create their own experiments and make their own discoveries. From September, it will be open on weekdays to primary schools from across the region, with family visiting days planned for Saturdays. And as this is a special launch event, we’ve also got a fantastic live show from space-trotter and TV broadcaster Simon Watt.

The centre’s Exploration Zone is home to twenty hands-on exhibits that have been specially designed to give children the freedom to explore, think and see the world differently. They’ll be able to watch water freeze, shoot scarves, build marble mazes and even check their ‘glow’ with our thermal camera. It’s freestyle scientific exploration for kids!

Outside, there’s the chance to follow a trail through the centre’s woodland and see if you can track animal footprints, watch the ducks and chat to our ecologist/woodland manager Dr Roger Baker. In the workshop space, there’ll be puzzles galore to challenge young brains.

To complete this inaugural family event, the ticket price includes entry to Look Up, a space-themed family show with biologist and TV presenter Simon Watt in our new theatre. The show, for ages 6+, is all about the magic of our night sky and has a great element of ‘try this at home’ for children. They’ll learn how crisps can help make a telescope and the secret recipe for very fizzy rockets.

Mike Dennis, Manager of the Science Oxford Centre, says “We are so excited to be finally opening our doors to families across the region and hope they’ll like what we’ve done. We know that if we can switch children on to science when they’re primary-aged, they’ll keep interested as they advance through their education. The centre is a huge play zone but we’re hoping that some of our young visitors will be inspired to go and become scientists or engineers or computer experts in the future.”

Tickets to this special opening event are £10 pp or £36 for a family of four, which includes the Look Up show. Book here.

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