If you haven’t tried the 4D Motion Ride at Life Science Centre yet, then November is the perfect month to get down there.
Offering “six minutes of pure exhilaration” the popular feature at the Newcastle attraction boasts a multi-sensory experience where visitors don 3D glasses and climb aboard rollercoaster-esque seats, which move in time to the action on screen (which is amplified and heightened thanks to the addition of smells, blasts of air, smoke and flashes of light).
Films change regularly; until November 7, it’s Frankenstein: Escape the Monster which involves being scared silly as the monster chases you through hidden tunnels and sends you hurtling down abandoned mine tracks ending up in a ghostly graveyard.
Next up, from November 8 is Night at the Toy Store 4D, which follows a toy soldier on an epic adventure through a busy toy store after closing time – watch out for dancing dolls, flying planes and an angry bear. There’s always one, isn’t there?
Also opening on November 8 - it’s a busy day - is the region’s favourite outdoor ice rink.
Skating@Life has become a must do feature on thousands of people’s festive tick list, offering the perfect place to have some chilly fun with friends and family during the season of goodwill and beyond.
So, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Jane Torvil or Christopher Dean, a whirl around the open-air rink is sure to banish the winter blues.
Meanwhile don’t panic if you would characterise your on-ice expertise under the heading ‘bit of a novice’. Life’s troupe of experienced ice marshalls are there to encourage and support anyone who is feeling worried about letting go of the barrier.
As well as skating and the 4D Motion Ride, there are lots more activities and exhibitions in the Science Centre including Gunther von Hagens’ stunning exhibition of real human bodies, BODY WORLDS Vital, which continues throughout November. There are also shows in the Science Theatre and Britain’s most popular planetarium, then there’s the Young Explorers’ Zone especially for under sevens and the hands-on Curiosity Zone, designed to unleash everyone’s inner scientist.
* The ice rink will be open every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) until February 22, 2015 and Night at the Toy Store 4D* will be running until January 4. 2015.
Prices to skate and visit Life Science Centre (including the Motion Ride): Families: £32.50, Adults: £12.50, Children (2-17): £9.50, Concessions: £10.50. Tickets for skating or Science Centre only are also available.
For more information, visit www.life.org.uk
For safety reasons, you must be at least 1.2m to experience the 4D Motion Ride.