This is a totally brilliant place to take kids of all ages. When we went we took a 8month old baby a 1year old and 2year old and an 8 year old and they all loved every second of it and spent the whole day playing with everything. the 8 year old got the most out of it but the babies played in the water and sand and then enjoyed watching all the ,movement and colours.
The adults also loved parts suchas racing wheel chairs and raging each other on ropes and 'helping' with tug of war.
we went when the dinosaor exabition was on and it wasnt huge but a good bonus and the 2 yr old totally loved it ane belived they where real!
It is a little epensive but under 1s are free and there are cheaper rates for students etc worth checking out the web site. It is a full day out and worth taking a packed lunch as there are lockers on the ground floor and you can keep it there till your ready as the cafe is pricey. Take the buggy if you have wee ones as they will prob get tired.
GReat entertainment for kids. Usually very busy. Parking nearby and good. Plenty of places to eat nearby.
Always changing and updating which results in repeat visits.
Where to start. We love it and it is more reasonably priced than some family attractions. From the moment you enter you have 'hands on' experiment to try out. You can choose to start at the ground floor and work your way up or vice-versa. We like to take a picnic and you can usually find areas just outside the actual display/experiment sections where you are allowed to eat your own food. Allow plenty of time to do things though, as time disappears and even the adults have plenty of scope to try something new and be amazed or intrigued. Certainly well worth return visits, but try to time these for when they have changed their extra themed displays, which run at various times throughout the year and are usually well advertised in the press. Good for all ages.
For families with kids under 12 this place alone justifies a trip to Belfast. Very well thought out and with an area for younger kids and then themed areas for older children this is learning through play at its best. The activities are all science based but its not at all a museum type place, the kids just have fun and are very engaged by the interesting activities. There is a whole days worth of different activities for those with a low boredom threshold who like to move on quickly to the next thing, but more often there will be some particular experiment that will hold their attention for ages. This is a great place to really spend quality time interacting with your chillren and learning with them as an equal in many of the exhibits.
This is a fantastic place for adults and children alike to learn more about science. It is full of wonderful and fascinating experiements, displays and activities. The kids absolutely love this place and are kept amused for hours. The great thing is, being at the Odyssey you can also have a great meal here to - a fantastic day out. We visited this centre a good few years back and went back again recently. I was really glad that they had kept the general feel of the place the same but had also change some elements to make it fresher and more exciting. It is a little expensive but honestly it is worth it for the fun you will have. Last time we went there was a member of staff conducting an experiment to see which material would make the loudest bang. The kids loved this!
WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, This is what W5 is all about one of the best places for kids and adults alike. based in the odyseey arena in Belfast we just love this place. you pay your entrance price in and if you feel like a break in all thats in there you can come and go as you please . there is lots to do from small kids say babies up to big kids i mean adults. my children find it fascinating learning through play there are various levels with disabled acess via a lift and excellent toilet facilities on two of the three levels they also have lockers on the ground floor so you dont have to carry coats ect with you. my kids just leave me to do there on thing from making boats to trying out where sound comes from so muh to do in one place i highly reccomend you visit at least once . there is also various displays on and check out online to find out about upcoming events as they hold lots and its brilliant i just cant stop raving about this to anyone and everyone i know.