Not a well-known place when talking about places to go in London with kids but well worth a visit. Located in Central London, it’s very accessible by tube (Green Park Tube station) and many places to eat nearby. The family fun days occur three times a year. It’s a day of stalls throughout the building, with an array of opportunities to do some experiments, listen to lectures, watch demonstrations and create objects. It is suitable for young and old children.
Each family fun day has a different theme. We went along with our three boys to the ‘supercharged’ one, about the world of energy. It is flexible with regards to timings, you can come and go throughout the day. On average to view the whole exhibition allocate about four hours.
The kids got stuck in straight away with hands on experiments ranging from using alternative energies to power cars, mini explosions and making your own circuits. We had a break for lunch in the lovely café downstairs followed by two lectures in the main hall.
The main talks were by the renowned Professor Saiful Islam from the University of Bath who also does the BBC Christmas Lectures and Natasha Simons whose explosive demonstrations were a sure-fire hit with the boys. Having previously seen the BBC lectures the boys did feel they were in the midst of a celebrity somewhat!
In addition, throughout the year there are theatre talks and workshops for children ranging from dinosaurs to 21st century materials. The RIGB website itself has a lots of interesting features including a list of experiments you can do at home and interactive games and puzzles. They regularly have family fun days so have a look at their website for more details.
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