Eureka Museum – Halifax

9 Jan
The outdoor play area

The outdoor play area

Making music outdoors

Making music outdoors

We were given a family ticket to visit Eureka Museum last week. We love Eureka! My daughter, Evie, is nearly 4 and we’ve been going since she was about 18 months old. Every time we go we do something different as everytime we go Evie is that little bit older, more capable and has different needs and understanding of what she is doing.

Evie, age 2, shopping

Evie, age 2, shopping!

Evie, age 2, posting!

Evie, age 2, posting!

Our day this time, as always, began at 10am, when the museum opens. I have learnt that this is the best way to avoid the queues, especially in the school holidays as it was on our last visit. We take a picnic which we eat in the special train carriage in the grounds of Eureka when we are ready for lunch.

Supermarket sweep

Supermarket sweep

Post lady

Post lady

There are many different parts to Eureka, which is on 2 levels. Downstairs, the market place area has a Halifax bank, complete with a cash machine that dispenses “Bank of Eureka” money, a M&S with miniature shopping trollies and a post office where Evie has enjoyed posting letters at every age we have visited.

Lorry driving

Lorry driving

There is a garage where you can “fix” cars, fill them with petrol and learn about them. This leads into a kitchen area.

The “Sound Garden” is a popular area for us…Evie particularly loves the butterflies that you can colour in on the screen which then fly away onto another screen. This area is just for under 5s and is contained with a fence and gate so your little one can wander around without fear of wandering off!

The area next to this is about sound and how it is made and this is more for older children; we have not really investigated this yet, but we will come to it soon!

Upstairs, a large area is currently under refurbishment and is due to open in the Spring of 2013. Previously, the “Me and my body” area was looking a bit tired and dated so this multi-million pound overhaul will be a great asset to the museum.

Little crafter in action

Little crafter in action

Getting ready to glue and stick

Getting ready to glue and stick

Other areas upstairs include the craft room, which is loved by Evie as she gets to cut and stick to her hearts content with many different bits of sparkles, coloured paper and pompoms!

Lunch on the train

Lunch on the train

Mummy! Where's my lunch?

Mummy! Where’s my lunch?

Eureka has a restaurant, but we tend to take a picnic. There is a small area inside where you can eat your own food, but there is more room outside in the converted train carriage and also in a marquee in the better weather. Last time we went, I asked Evie on the way home what her favourite bit was…the answer…lunch on the train!

This game has always been a favourite

This game has always been a favourite

Ratty

Ratty

In addition to all these permanent features, there are often special, topical events going on. This time, there was a pantomime – “Interstellar Cinderella”. Evie ended up as one of the special helpers which excited her no end!

Altogether, Eureka is a great family day out. It is great value for money as even though everyone 3 years of age and over pays the entry fee of £9.95, this is your entry paid for the whole year! This is perfect for anyone with young children, who can lose interest after an hour or two as you don’t feel that you have to stay all day to get your money’s worth. You can just go for an hour if you are pretty local like us, have lunch and then go home. And, with a bit of luck, the kids fall asleep on the way home and you can have an hour’s peace!

The family ticket was kindly given to us by Eureka museum, but the words and opinions are my own.

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