Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire is somewhere I’ve been meaning to take my son to for years now. It’s a bit of a drive for us and we’ve never quite made it. Whenever I hear people talk about it they always say how fab it is but it’s always people recommending the place that have visited with toddlers. I’d never heard reviews from people that had visited with older primary age children.
I decided it was time to investigate and try it out. My 8-year-old had read a flyer about the place and had requested to visit so visit we did. He loved it. In fact, me, my Mum and the 8-year-old all loved it.
Best of all once you purchase your tickets you can upgrade to an annual pass for free and return as much as you like over the next 12 months. The museum is recommended for ages 0-11 which I would agree with.
Eureka! Things To Do
We drove to the museum and parked in their pay and display car park which is a short walk from the museum. We find that places that offer free returns always have a pay and display car park!
You currently have to book a time slot and they seemed quite strict with the timings so make sure you time your arrival to fit in with your time slot. Once inside we collected a map although you don’t really need one. The museum is across two floors and if you head left and then right on both floors you can’t go wrong.
The museum has 400 interactive hands-on exhibits across different zones. We started on the first floor and headed to Sound Space. If you are worried about covid you may want to take some hand sanitiser with you as we didn’t really come across any.
In Sound Space there was a huge number of interactive exhibits that taught us all about sound, how sound is made and how we can use sound. There were little studio rooms where you could make different sounds. It was a bit difficult to hear at times! Most of the kids loved the mixing room where you could move lights around and change the colours of the lights. The little ones loved chasing the moving light and my son loved being in charge of their fun.
What was nice was how many things appealed to different ages. Younger kids could mess about with noises whereas older kids could take the learning to the next level and really pay attention to what they were doing.
Next to here, there is the SoundGarden sensory play space that is just for children under the age of 5. This was too busy to take a photo of. Although it was busy in general we never had to wait long to try something out. There is just so much to do it was rare to find queues next to something.
There is a theatre on this floor although nothing was happening in there when we visited. Next, we headed for the Living and Working Together area. This is excellent for younger kids to take part in some imaginative play.
My son was a bit overwhelmed by all the young kids so he didn’t try much. It’s basically a town square with a bank for kids (he enjoyed trying to crack the codes to open the safes), underground road works, an M&S food hall and a mechanics. This all looked so much fun and I was a bit worried that because he didn’t want to do much in this section that we’d not be there for much longer but there was still plenty for him to enjoy elsewhere.
The final room on this floor was one of their Spark Galleries. These are digital exhibitions that change regularly. You can learn about the latest interactive technology from around the world and control the environment around you mostly by movement.
Next, we decided to stop in the cafe for some lunch. We arrived at 11:40 am and got one of the last tables available. The food was actually really good. We ordered burgers and hot dogs and everyone was happy with their meal.
After lunch, we headed upstairs. We started in the All About me gallery. This had soooo much in it to do. There were exhibits we didn’t even do and we were still in there for ages. You can talk to a robot, learn about snot, scan a pregnant mum’s tummy, compare your height to what was the world’s tallest man and so much more. There is something for all ages but this was certainly a gallery that benefited the older children more. It was really interesting, even for us adults.
There is another under 5s play area on this floor. Discovery Desert has all sorts for younger kids to explore. There is also another Spark Gallery on this floor which had one of my son’s favourite exhibits that we struggled to tear him away from. Just a simple thing of turning a load of black circles white to make words and patterns.
There is also a large sandpit play area outside and a train carriage you can go in.
I hope we do get the chance to return for free over the next 12 months as it is a fantastic place for kids to learn while having fun. I’m really glad we tried it out for ourselves.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum FAQ & Further Information
Address: Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Rd, Halifax HX1 2NE, West Yorkshire. Phone: 01422 330069
Category: Museum – Indoors – Suitable for ages 0-11
What are the ticket prices?
Tickets are £13.95 for anyone age 3 and over. 1-2-year-old £5.95 and under 1s are free. You can upgrade your tickets (once purchased) to a free annual pass.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Large museum for children with 400 interactive exhibits and imaginative play spaces. There are toilets and a cafe.
When are they open?
Eureka! is open during school holidays but over the winter they only tend to open Friday to Sunday. Please visit their website for up-to-date opening times.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.
Is there parking?
There is parking nearby, charges apply.
Are they dog friendly?
Please contact the venue with regards to assistance dogs. Pet dogs are not permitted.