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Things are cooling down for February half term at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle

The first school holidays of 2015 will be all about ice and snow at the Newcastle attraction as well as skating on the outdoor rink

Richard Kenworthy Visitors enjoy a skate on the ice rink at Life Science Centre Life Science Centre
Visitors enjoy a skate on the ice rink at Life Science Centre Life Science Centre

Do you want to build a snowman? Well the team at Life Science Centre does and they’re using dry ice, liquid nitrogen - and bananas to do it.

This February half term, (Feb 14–22) things are getting a little chilly at Life.

Its science ‘buskers’ will be exploring the power of ice and freezing things before the very eyes of visitors. They may even let you have a go if you’re brave enough. 

Each day, there will be a live show celebrating the shiver-wielding North East skies in Britain’s most popular planetarium – meanwhile the under sevens can dress up in the Young Explorers’ Zone before trying their hand at some frosty colouring in.

The half term holiday also offers the last chance for visitors to get their skates on for Skating@Life. With this in mind, you may want to consider a combo ticket which allows a once around the outdoor rink (or as many times as you can muster in the allotted time) as well as soaking up all that’s on offer indoors.

Life Science Centre - Live Skies
Life Science Centre - Live Skies

Elsewhere in the Science Centre, there are a host of exhibitions to enjoy including the stunning Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and the hands-on Curiosity Zone - guaranteed to unleash the scientist within.

And when you feel the need to warm up, the region’s only 4D Motion Ride* will be ready, waiting and showing the high-octane Retro Race.

Once your hands have thawed out, you may also fancy trying your hand at pinball wizardry in a hands-on workshop inspired by the classic arcade game.

All exhibitions and activities are included in the admission ticket. Separate prices apply for skating but discounted ‘combo’ tickets are available. Ask at reception for details or visit life.org.uk or call (0191) 243 8223.

* For safety reasons you have to be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the Motion Ride.


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