Last Thursday I posted about taking all four children into London by myself for the first time.
It was okay in the end, the kids were a bit excited about getting out of school early and had to be asked to be quieten down on the train a few times, but no one got left behind on a platform or fell down any escalators. That makes it a successful trip out, right?
The reason we were going into town was because we had been given tickets to go to see the Science Museum Live Highlights Show.
We are great fans of the Science Museum, but hadn’t managed to visit over the summer holidays due to trips abroad and the Olympics. So we were well overdue for a visit. We got there a little early, and managed to have a look around the Space Gallery; the kids especially liked the bit of moon rock.
Then it was time to go up to the IMAX cinema and take our seat for the show. We sat in the second row, as no one wanted to miss anything, but having seen the show now, would recommend you sit further up, and as close to the centre as possible if you truly want to be part of the action!
The Highlights Show is billed as full of exciting experiments and dizzying demonstrations, and it really was. Tis fast paced show has it all; bubbles and bangs, fire and flowers, all delivered by two jaunty young presenters who aren’t afraid to make the audience laugh.
It’s aimed at 7-11 year olds so I was a bit worried at how DS (4) and DD3 (6) would cope. Especially DS, as he has some sensory issues but he loved it! Each time something exploded he cheered and wanted more. DD3 was less happy, she got quite nervous anticipating the result of each experiment. However, she did get to push the level that started the whole show; this counts for a lot when you are 6 years old. It was pitched perfectly at my older two who thoroughly enjoyed the whole show, and I have to admit I did too.
I’d be wary of taking really young children though, as they really need to be able to put their fingers properly in their ears for some of the big explosions!
The two presenters knew their stuff, and gave a professional performance even when things didn’t go exactly to plan. The show was educational as well as fun, and gave practical and entertaining examples of the different kinds of energy that surround us.
My older two were able to predict most of the outcomes correctly, using what they’d learnt in science at school, but there was plenty of opportunity to build on their knowledge. For example, DD1 wanted to know why they didn’t demonstrate nuclear energy, so we went home and did some gentle Googling until she was able to work it out for herself.
The Science Museum Live Highlights Show is running at the IMAX cinema at the Science Museum until the 4th of November, so if you want to see it you’ll need to act fast. Book now because it’s bound to fill up quickly over the half term.
There are also various family ticket combinations available.
However, as a special offer for my readers, if you buy tickets for one of the shows from Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th October and quote ‘blog1’ when booking, then you will receive 25% off full price adult and kids tickets.
We were given tickets to attend the Science Museum Live Highlights Show, but the opinions expressed above remain, as ever, my own.