Eureka National Children’s Museum Review by Elsie aged 9
We’ve got a visitor from Wiltshire at Harrogate Mumbler this week, my gorgeous niece Elsie (Aged 9) has come to stay. We have been out an about having fun in Yorkshire and Elsie wanted to share her own review of Eureka Museum in Halifax with you. Elsie has created “Funbler” which are her own reviews of fun places to visit for kids. Here is her very first Funbler review…
Welcome to our funbler review of Eureka in Halifax. Eureka is a science museum that is way more fun than just looking at things. First let’s start outside…Outside there is a big sand pit that is on the grass and games to play with and musical instruments. There are lots of places to sit and you can even explore a train. You can bring a picnic if you want. (There are picnic tables inside & outside)
As you walk into Eureka you can see the cafe. The cafe is big with a lovely menu you can have a kids lunch box, a hot meal or just a cake and tea. As you go back to the main building you walk to the science area were you can learn about sound and control lights and sometimes they do shows that are very interesting. Unfortunately Aunty Sally forgot to book us into a show this time so we missed it.
As you leave that area on the ground floor you will find a little phone box that you can pretend to call the emergency service and tell them what the emergency is.
Then you move on and you come to the bank. At the bank you can stamp paper like you are a real bank receptionist then if you walk to the back you find a room full of gold ( not real ) that has lots of safes in it. You have to figure out the code to the safes by answering questions. Each safe has film characters things in them.
Next you will find a dark room that is full of light that can see you and sensors that you can put your hands on. Further along on the ground floor you come to mini Marks & Spencers shop where there are tills, little shopping carts, baskets and plastic food that you can play with. Behind M & S you will find the house that is just like a mini two story house. It has a kitchen and a lounge and a washing room.
In the middle of all that is a musical fountain where you can throw a penny in & make a wish and the bath where the Eureka man takes a dip every half hour.
Upstairs, on the top floor there is a body room where you can learn sign language and see what you will look like when you are old and very old and test all of your stretching and you can talk to a robot called zoom. You can see your body through a heat camera and test your reflexes. Along the corridor there is another dark room but this one is more arty. You can ride a bike to spin a wheel that makes pictures on a screen. Then there is a machine that makes designs on its own.
At the end of the corridor there is a desert area for ages 5 and under. Inside there is a reading area and a ball machine that takes the ball up and then they falls down. Behind the desert area you come to a room that has the princess and the pea bed but you can’t go on it . There are building blocks that you can build things withand a rhino that you write your bad dreams on and feed them to it (which makes them go away)
If you walk through the curtain it gets dark and then it feels like you’re in space! The room is covered in mirrors that make feel that you are high up in space. When you come out the other side you can see lots of old toys and a dress-up area that you can dress up in then there is a balcony where there are binoculars and a spinner that controls a big fan.
Back inside you go into a different room full of rubber ducks and water play. There is a bath, a toilet and a sink (but you can’t use them!) You can see what it looks like inside when a toilet flushes and how a bath with jets works. There is a bubble machine that makes huge bubbles and there is a water table with floating rubber ducks.
If you want to get something to remember your day at Eureka then go downstairs, back to through cafe and there is a little gift shop which has toys, cool stones, note books, pens and pencils. Then you can go back home after a fun day out. Eureka opens at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm during the school holidays. It is amazing.
By Elsie, Aged 9.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum Discovery Road, Halifax HX1 2NE
You buy your tickets once then you can return as many times as you like within a year for free.
August 2019 ticket prices: Adults £13.95, 3-15 years £13.95, 1-2 years £5.95 Under 1 years FREE