Visiting Life this May half-term?

Dino Jaws at Life Science CentreWe are anticipating a busy May half-term with lots of families visiting the new Dino Jaws exhibition. Safety of our visitors is always our top priority and given the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, we are introducing some extra measures. We will be conducting random bag searches and we encourage all visitors to travel light.Read more

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Pre-school day: wind power

Mother and daughter having fun outdoors, playing with pinwheelWind is fun. (All right, who giggled? No, not that kind of wind.)

We’re surrounded by air all the time, and apart from the fact that we keep on breathing, we don’t pay it much attention. Unless it’s moving. Wind can feel like we’re being hit in the guts with a wheelie bin – it has power, it has menace, it has character.… Read more

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Visiting Life this Easter?

We’re expecting high visitor numbers during the Easter holiday, so we’ve put together some useful info for anyone planning a visit.

While we do everything we can to keep things moving, please be prepared to queue for certain activities and on arrival.

Science Centre opening times

Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm (recommended last entry 3:00pm)

Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm (recommended last entry 3:00pm)

To beat the crowds, arrive early or stay late.Read more

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Pre-school Day: super furry animals

Pre-school Day at Life Science CentreThis post is guest written by Faye Curtis, Public Engagement Intern at Life.

An interesting mission as a new intern: design the next Pre-school Day activity!

I tried to approach it by thinking about the things that little people like most. One of the first things that came to mind was animals.… Read more

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60-second interview with… Andrew Smyth

Ahead of his upcoming live bakes at Maker Faire UK, Andrew answered some quick-fire questions about his engineering background and love of Maker events. Egg-timer at the ready!

1. You’re well known for baking, but can you please describe your day job?

As an aerospace engineer at Rolls-Royce in Derby, I help to develop the next generation of large jet engines.… Read more

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Positively Perfect Pancakes

Who doesn’t like pancakes? The combination of comfort food base and easily customisable toppings makes them irresistible and helps maintain one of the few remaining links to the seasonal cycle of traditions and customs outside of Christmas and Easter.

Pancake Day is more properly called Shrove Tuesday. Shrove is the past tense of shrive, the action of being forgiven for one’s sins.… Read more

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Pre-school Day: Superheroes

Pre-school Day: SuperheroesEvery child is a superhero.

Think about the changes that their bodies experience in the first couple of years of life: They go from seeing fuzzy light and dark no further than a parent’s face, to understanding shapes and colours at a huge range of depths by the age of 6-8 months.… Read more

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Visiting Life this February half-term?

We’re expecting high visitor numbers during the half-term holiday, so we’ve put together some useful info for anyone planning a visit.

While we do everything we can to keep things moving, please be prepared to queue for certain activities and on arrival.

Science Centre opening times

Great news! We’re open an hour earlier each morning from Monday 20 – Friday 24 February.… Read more

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Building St. James’ Park – in LEGO®

This post was guest authored by Steve Mayes, a North Shields-based architectural photographer by trade and a LEGO® fanatic in his spare time. Steve’s LEGO® exhibition, North East LEGO® Landmarks, is at Life until 14 May 2017.

“What’s your starting point?” That’s the question I often get asked about my builds.
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Pre-school Day: light and dark

Sometimes we have profound reasons for our choices of pre-school day activities. Sometimes we choose things mainly for convenience. Sometimes we are inspired by what’s in front of us, or something we’ve heard about recently.

This pre-school day, my decision is no more profound than what popped into my head as I walked around the LEGO® exhibition.… Read more

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