If you've got kids of three or are adults of 73 with the grandkids this place is great for all, full of things to do, and explore along with how things work and what things do.
Don't expect to leave early because you just won't want to, it makes a great change watching everyone experimenting and playing instead of playing on Play stations and other electronic toys.
Great Day out
Eureka is the absolutely fabulous children's museum located in spitting distance (sorry vulgar I know) of Halifax Railway Station. You can see it as you're pulling up.
This museum is made for the benefit of children, and they seem to love it. It's brilliant, brightly coloured and interesting, oversized objects and displays, interactive stuff, so kids are actually encouraged to touch things and mess around with them without the peril of hearing their full name, and every other name being bellowed at them in rebuke. All this and it's educational.
Kids love it when you take them here, just don't tell them it's a museum and you're golden, they think it's fun poking at stuff and colouring things in and understanding how stuff works, and the fact that they're learning relevant things and information, and they're enjoying that fact is awesome, which is why it's such a big hit with school groups.
Discovering everything from the human body, to space, to being a young person in a green green world, to surviving in the desert, it's brilliant and the galleries are brightly coloured, informative and inviting without being scary.
Eureka is wheelchair accessible too, which is a plus, and should the little blighters require bread and water, there's a cafe and a picnic area to eat a pack up or to buy food, which is alright, it's not briliant grub, but it'll fill a void, and then there's a playground area outside, which in fine weather is fab.
The only thing I do take issue with is the price. and whilst I don't find it too hideous for adults to pay £8.95 for entry, charging kids from 3 plus the same price is a bit steep. They do offer a family ticket which admits 5 people for £38, but still, it works out expensive for a day out, and that's without paying for parking. Stinger. You can see now why lots of schools take advantage of the school rates for kids, but can you really put a price on education? Yes.
But wait and hang fire a moment, with purchase of a ticket, you can go back to Eureka as many times as you want throughout the year free of charge, as long as you keep your ticket.
Now we're creeping out towards those Halifax shores but for good reason. That reason is Eureka! Eureka! Was created as a hyper child friendly hands-on museum which was ahead of the game when it opened its doors. Now days, it still offers loads to continue to pull in the crowds.
For starters it's an award winning establishment and that's because it is always evolving and gives children an informative yet exciting day out. You've got several different zones and the varied events programme means you can catch events that appeal even more specifically to your child or group. The emphasis is on making it fun as everyone knows that is the best way to learn and they do it so well.
I'd say it's better for younger kids but it's so interactive that the word museum almost doesn't do it justice. It can get busy but isn't that a good sign. It's also located slap bang next to the train station so it's easy to get to from Leeds city centre. If you've got children and a day out coming up you could do a lot worse than coming here
Eureka! is a museum for children located in Halifax, West Yorkshire and is aimed at families, schools, non-school childrens groups etc. Eureka! was actually recently named one of the top three Favourite Family Days Out by The Independent Newspaper.
The museum is completely interactive (a must if you're a child, takes away the 'boring!' factor and makes them more willing to behave, well at least in theory) offering children lots of opportunities to play together in six themed galleries whilst niftily learning, i think the idea is that it's 'so fun' that they won't realise they've been duped into an educational learning situation! fantastic.
For a non-driving low income family this was a big day out for us, only do-able thanks to those lovely Tesco club Card vouchers. Considering it was two buses and a train each way for us with a toddler and a pre-schooler you can imagine the effort and shall we say..enthusiasm.
Luckily it's close to the railway station, in fact you couldn't really get much closer it's ideal location wise. What wasn't ideal however was the weather, it was lashing it down!
Having seen the website I had very high expectations of this place.
Eureka was really really busy, there was multiple school trips there with the average age being around 7-10 so we didn't spend too long there as we had to weave in and out of groups of people.
My son loved the 'garage' but but was gutted that he couldn't get to sit in the lorry cab, he just couldn't get past the bigger kids despite several attempts. I did try eyeballing them something rotton with my death glare but seeing as neithert heir teachers nor museum staff seemed to want to control anything it was a lost cause.
We didn't go in the role-play post office / bank/ shop was once again full of school kids so we didn 't get near to that either.
The main areas are:
1. Desert Discovery
2. Living & Working Together
3. Me and My Body
4. Our Global Garden
All in all it is a fab place and the kids did enjoy themselves but there was only one small section for the under 5's and the rest really was too old for them, maybe if it had been emptier and we could have tried to 'educate' on our way round he might have got more out of it but still it was fun.
The shop was a bit rubbish in all honesty, when i was little museum shops had wellmuseum type stuff in them but this had Postman Pat toys and stuff which just seemed really generic and useless. It would have been much better suited to the museum to have stocked educational toys that were representative of what they were teaching in the museum itself.
We had our lunch under a marquee outside as it was pissing it down with rain.
If anyone goes there i highly recommend asking to use a locker to dump all your stuff like bags and coats especially if you don't drive as once you're their it's highly likely your kids will pelt off at full speed and you will have to belt after them (Note: wear flat shoes otherwise you'll never ever keep up with your rampant sprogs and thus never find them craftily hiding in an igloo)
Despite the fact the kids did have a good time I have to say I was a little disappointed, when you view the website I personally got the notion that it was bigger and there'd be more there and I had a feeling of 'oh? ...is that it?' when we realised that we'd been round everything. I also think they could have catered a bit more for all children, not just the older ones.
The staff where you pay to get in were very pleasant and helpful but I didn't really see many staff in the place itself to help 'guide' you round or to ask questions which I think was disappointing.
For a modern place, I think it was tatty in places and I think it would benefit from say a sensory and soft play gym too.
I'll most likely take the kids back when they're older but I'll definitely wait until they're at least 6 or 7 years old maybe even a little older.
It's a great idea, and offers a lot of learning opportunity but it seems a bit structureless and vague without a guide and due to the busy nature you never get long enough to actually do half of the educational and interactive things and that's once you've battled your way through hoards of uncontrollable school kids who seem to have no notion of the idea 'taking turns' (or the notion of MOVING out of peoples way).
Hopefully it will improve over the years. Still worth a visit though.
On a rainy day theres no place like Eureka. Everythings indoors. Its definately the place to bring out the big kid in you. Always wanted to work in a bank or a post office? Nows your chance. How about being a car mechanic? Fancy a bit of peace? Grab a book from the sharing tree and read. Want to know how your body works? Theres exhibits for that too. Climb inside the giant mouth or build a magnetic skeleton. Everythings hands on touchy feely fun.
The sound garden is just that themed like a garden its full of paded seating and musical instruments, giant leaves that play lullabies, musical bamboo, theres a dressing up corner and much much more.
Most surprisingly the cafe is also sensibly priced in comparrison to other local attractions so lunch out won't break the bank either.
I remember coming here as a kid with school and loving it. Ever since having my 1st child I've wanted to go back and take her.
Eureka! is very hands on and it's why kids love it.
No more "you look with your eyes not with your hands".
Everything in Eureka! was designed for touching. Kids don't even realise every time they are playing with an exhibition they are learning.
It's slap bang next to Halifax Train Station so getting there is easy & even if driving seeing as its one of Halifax's biggest draws its sign posted everywhere.
Eureka's prices may be a little high for some people with big family's but a family ticket does soften the blow.
(also to celebrate 18 years of Eureka! when you go you will receive a annual pass so everyone who goes with you on your 1st time will be able to go for 1 whole year free as many times as they want)
And my only reason for not giving it 5 stars is since my venture with primary school around 20 years ago not much has changed.
Awsome experiance for the kids
Kids will love this museum i did when i was younger, it has a mini supermarket and bank for them to play in and even though the groceries are plastic for the children it feels as though their grown up, aswell as being really fun its educational and used by many schools, they have special school trips sometimes if they have theatre companies in or special productions/events, its a really good learning experaince and you will spend a whole day there because its hard to get the children away. So they have fun and learn at the same time which is good. They have a small gift shop too which sells small trinkets for good prices so you can come home with a little gift of your day too! Its convient as it's located right next to the train station so if your coming from out of halifax its worth using the train station you certainly won't get lost!
Good, and well worth a visit, but First, the positives: the philosophy underpinnning this place is spot on, and the huge creativity and imagination they've shown in designing the place cannot be faulted. Our two (aged 3 and 5) love going there, even though it's a significant journey (1 hour plus) each way. The staff are friendly and their Science Busking has engaged them every time they've seen it. So why the but? Well, some of the exhibits are a little worn and dated -- there are some very old computers in there, and Scoot, their robot, seems very 1980s -- and all in all, it feels in part as though it just needs a fresh injection of energy, love and (more realistically) money. Still, it's an excellent place and well worth a visit.
This is a great place to take young children for a fun filled educational day out. There is so much for them to see and do and touch! There's a bank to play in and a post office and corner shop, you can dress up as a post man and deliver post around the museum. There are lots of interractive displays which are educational as well as fun. You learn about the human body, animals, fish, robots etc. There is a garage where you can change a wheel and drive a massive truck! The cafe is a bit old looking but the food isn't bad. You can take a picnic and eat outside on a nice day. The outdoor playground is good. They put some good events on in the summer, with a massive sandpit and ice ramp!
I took a visit here with my three year old son in the Summer. There is a great play area outside. I found that most of the activities inside would have suited him better if he was a little older and didn't keep his interest, would certainly go back now he is a little older, although I would look for a 2-4-1 offer, as there isn't a huge amount to do. There was a nice play area for babies too.
Set up with good facilities for families, as you would expect. Car park was pay and display. I would allow 3-4 hours for a visit.
best for younger children, worth one visit, probably not repeat though.
Lovely place to take children for a day out, slightly pricey but a great educational day out for the children!
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