We called today with some childminded children. The car park is close by and massive, £3 for upto 4... read more
I found it to be a really great experience for my children. There were opportunities in all the zones for them to get dressed up and learn through play. It is a museum for children and it is very interactive. You have to... More
I found it to be a really great experience for my children. There were opportunities in all the zones for them to get dressed up and learn through play. It is a museum for children and it is very interactive. You have to measure Eureka against other museums which, while I enjoy them, they can be a passive experience for children. Given our changeable weather, Eureka is a mostly indoor space so perfect for those rainy days or for getting out of the house in winter. That said, I was surprised to see there were outdoor activities too. I found the zones to be really well thought out and each interactive was well executed. Children are always curious and there were loads of opportunities to show how things work or to prompt children to ask questions. The bank vault is a great idea and my daughter loved cracking the codes to see what was inside each safe. Playing with the CCTV system was lots of fun. The supermarket went down well as they were pretending to shop in an environment that mimicked what they see in the real world but built for kids. The house environment was also very good from seeing how a working toilet flushes to the children sized kitchen area where they could pretend to prepare food. My two enjoyed the cars and I liked the different fuel types they'd incorporated within each including future technologies. Both children loved the lorry they could play in, when else would they get the chance to climb up into a lorry. The tech area that is open throughout the summer (2017) was really great and I could of easily stayed in there but my children were a little too young. They investigated everything but they're not really into computers. We all loved the My Body area. They enjoyed seeing who was the tallest, who could leap the furthest etc. Then they got to pretend to be dentists, receptionists (with working phones), doctors, nurses and seeing the baby clinic. Each area had something they could get their hands on and play with. The huge nose (with bogeys) went down well, as did the tongue and seeing how food goes through the entire body right to becoming poo. Even though some of the science and detail were a little advanced for my twos age bracket they still took a lot from it. They loved the interactive robot and the thermo-imaging camera. They dressed as doctors and bandaged me up, they looked at x-rays and could see inside a giant set of teeth. One of the other zones we visited was about sounds. They got to make as much noise as they liked with loads of different instruments, gadgets, buttons and various other techniques. Again in this area, some interactive were aimed at older children but mine still enjoyed it. The staff we dealt with were friendly and all in uniform. The place was bright and colourful, and it looked professional. We didn't eat there so I can't comment on the restaurant but I went inside and it looked clean and well staffed. As for the price, yes it was expensive but then you can go back as many times as you like for 12 months. They've clearly got some passionate people working for them that can deliver such nice ideas and all for children. They're also a charity and I support what they're doing in providing a great place for children to learn through play.