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#1 NATPR

Posted 25 January 2012 - 09:31 PM

I wanted advise on best age of kids to go.  I have heard around 8 year old mark, but just wanted others opinion.

To get the maximum out of the visit, I guess better question would be what age is too young?

#2 bailee

Posted 25 January 2012 - 09:37 PM

There is the Nitty Gritty exhibit which is aimed at 3-7 year olds and is great fun! Some of the activities can be done by a younger child with supervision if you have toddlers. The more scientific stuff though like the sports and the other stuff that I cant think of are better for over 6 I would say, depending on your child. My DS is 6, a bright 6 year old and he loved the dinosaur exhibit and some of the science stuff on the ground floor but some of it was a bit beyond him. He is growing out of Nitty Gritty but has loved it till recently.

But definitely stuff for the under 8s.

#3 kadoodle

Posted 25 January 2012 - 09:44 PM

I took my kids last week.  They are 9, 7, 3 and 6 months.  The 6 month old slept, but the others loved it.  Especially the dinosaurs and nitty gritty city.

Older kids will dig the bodyworks section and planitarium, the optical illusions and historical technology.  Visits there often feature on the high school curriculum, so it's not just for little kids.

Get there early, as parking fills up fast.

#4 *Jacq*

Posted 01 February 2012 - 06:22 PM

My DS loved it and he is 4.  I agree with pp, the Nitty Gritty exhibit is great and my DS also loved the dino exhibit.

Well worth it!


#5 brindle

Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:01 AM

Nitty Gritty is perfect for the young ones. We live close by and once I discovered that - I got a yearly membership and never went to a play-centre again. It is great.

My younger kids also like the displays downstairs. They can't read the signs and often don't do the full activity... but still plenty to keep them amused.

There is also a huge outside area for running and picnics... and 2 playgrounds.


#6 Charmzy

Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:10 PM

My kids have all loved it from about age 2 onwards.  Lots to keep even the younger ones entertained!! We LOVE scienceworks, visit a few times a year original.gif

#7 Baggy

Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:16 PM

DD is three and I have taken her a few times from the age of two. She has loved every visit.  There are things for all ages original.gif

#8 MrsWidget

Posted 18 February 2012 - 07:29 AM

We live close by so I've been taking DS since he was 18 months. He's always loved it.

#9 kate_gowork

Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:55 PM

Sounds great, where is Sciencework?!

#10 **Tiger*Feral**

Posted 18 February 2012 - 07:17 PM

I took my four kids in January. They are 14 1/2, 12, 9 and 5, and it is rare to find somewhere with something to suit the wide range of ages. They all had a fabulous time and wanted to stay all day.

#11 No-pants Agnodice

Posted 18 February 2012 - 07:27 PM

My 2.5 year old loves it. Even the exhibits for older kids that he doesn't really 'get' are still fun and he can enjoy them with parental involvement. We have a membership and go often, same with the museum (membership covers both and is actually pretty cheap). Great indoor destination!




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