Category Archives: Exhibitions and events

Find out more about what we get up to here at Life – from Science Theatre shows, pre-school days and adult only events to current and forthcoming exhibitions. 

Visiting Life this October half-term?

We are anticipating a busy October half-term, with lots of families visiting the Dino Jaws exhibition, 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.

Before you arrive. Read more

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Pre-school Day: Autumn

The nights draw in and the air takes on a chill, and leaves crunch beneath your feet on the pavement. Autumn has definitely arrived.

But autumn is beautiful, in all its many colours. The greens fade, the reds appear, and the oranges and yellows shine through.

Most leaves are normally green due to chlorophyll, which is a chemical needed for the plant to make its own food using energy from sunlight.… Read more

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Kaleidoscope: the science behind the demos

Our latest Science Theatre show, Kaleidoscope, is a little bit different. If you’ve seen the show, you’ll know that it is about observing the world closely and inspiring curiosity. We’ve packed it full of beautiful demonstrations, but might not have had time to answer all of your questions. This might be why you’re here!Read more

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Pre-school day: everybody walk the dinosaur

This post is guest written by Medhavi Kakkar, Public Engagement Intern at Life.

Dino Jaws at Life Science CentreImagine a dinosaur, any dinosaur. Yes, even Barney the dinosaur. Does the one you’ve imagined have a long tail?

Have you ever wondered what these tails were used for? Were they used for grasping objects like monkey tails?… Read more

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Visiting Life this summer?

Dino Jaws at Life Science Centre

We are anticipating a busy summer holiday, with lots of families visiting the Dino Jaws exhibition, 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 – 6.00pm (recommended last entry 4.00pm)
Sunday 11.00am – 6.00pm (recommended last entry 4.00pm)
You can book tickets online, or buy them on the door.… Read more

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Pre-school day: mixing colours

Cute little girl with painted hands.

We all know what you get when young children mix paint: every possible shade of… brown. I don’t really understand brown – one of the most common colours on earth, and I can’t quite work it out.

Colours of paint absorb some colours of light and reflect others. White light is made up of a whole spectrum of colours, the result of different lengths of light waves.… Read more

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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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