For the Easter holidays we spent the week away in North Somerset. Monday morning we opened the curtains to find a rather wet and soggy outlook for the day. A quick google search for rainy days ideas in the local area through up, We The Curious Museum, Bristol. It promised to be a “space to ask questions, poke, prod and test stuff out” so sounded like a perfect day out for us as Mini is really into science at the moment and getting hands on with experiments.
We parked at Millennium Square Car Park (about 200 metres away from the entrance) and we greeted towards the entrance with a giant mirror ball, what we didn’t know at that point was that it actually housed the museum’s planetarium.
The entrance price was £15.95 per adult and £10.50 per child including gift aid and you then get a £5 voucher as a thank you for gift aiding to spend in the café or gift shop. We also chose to buy tickets for the planetarium show which were an extra £2.50 per person. I’d say the entrance prices were comparable with most days out attractions and I felt we had good value for money as we got there just after 10am and didn’t leave until 4pm after a full day of exploring.
We The Curious definitely held up it’s promise and provided a huge amount of hands on experiments, activities and exhibitions spread across two floors. The museum was roughly separated into different themed zones including about the human body, water play, home kitchen and garden, space exploration, animation zone, science experiments, building zone and I’m sure more that I’ve forgotten about.
We found that there was a huge variety of things to do and explore and get stuck into, We The Curious is probably the most interactive museum I’ve seen. There were opportunities to experiment and have a go at creating your own inventions, exhibitions with plenty of buttons to press and areas to create your own video animations as well as a full scale house that children can climb onto and around to lay tiles and bricks.
There are different shows available at the planetarium, which have to be booked with your entrance tickets. We chose the space explorers show which was advertised as most suitable for children under 6 years old. The show lasted for about 30 minutes and was led by the very charismatic Catrin who got all the children excited about learning about space travel. We all enjoyed the show, which was light hearted and fun, I particularly enjoyed the disco lights playing around the planetarium whilst the children played catch the planet with a large bouncy ball.
We visited on a rainy bank holiday Monday and yes it was busy, peaking around midday, however there were still plenty of things to explore without having to wait. If the thing Mini wanted to play with was busy it was easy to find something else and then come back a few minutes later.
There is a large indoor picnic area which we made use of to eat our packed lunch. There is also a café at the entrance, where we popped for a hot drink and cookie mid afternoon, you can come and go all day by showing your wristband. The prices seemed reasonable and they had a good selection of hot and cold food available.
We all genuinely enjoyed our day out, there was so much to do and explore that I don’t think we stopped during our visit, Mini went from area to area excited to get stuck in and not to miss anything. All of the exhibitions were fun and interactive whilst being educational at the same time. I think children and families of all ages would enjoy a day out at We The Curious, I certainly learnt lots of fun facts too, and would highly recommend that you visit if you are in or near Bristol.
Further details for We The Curious Museum, Bristol can be found here.