Anyone from Yorkshire will know about Eureka! The National Children’s Museum and most will have been. Whether it was a school trip, one of many family days out or your Brownies’/Scouts’ annual trip, you knew the wonder of this magical place. For those of you unfortunate enough to not know about Eureka, it’s a “fun, interactive children’s museum and educational charity based in Halifax where children play to learn and grown-ups learn to play” and it’s worth the day trip!
Since I found out I was going to be an aunt six years ago, one of the first things I did was bagsy my nephew’s first trip to Eureka. Oh, and then I congratulated my sister and brother-in-law. It’s somewhere I loved as a kid and who better to share it with then the newest addition to the family.
After a few failed attempts, the day finally arrived and we were off! Since my eldest nephew was born, two more have come along but the youngest was staying home with my sister/their mum. So, I took the other two (along with my mum!) to Halifax. The sun was shining, we had our lunch in our backpacks and sun cream on our noses. It only took about 50 minutes on the train and we had plenty of snacks and sticker books to entertain the boys during the journey.
When we arrived, we signed in and got the obligatory cat entry stamp on our hand before entering. We made our way through all the exhibits and really enjoyed them but the boys particularly loved the ‘All About Me’ section. They learnt all about their bodies and had a little leaflet where they could write down facts they’d learnt about themselves, such as their height or how far they could stretch their arms. We then made our way to one of my favourite parts: the giant mouth! We stepped inside and learnt about the different teeth but unfortunately, there was no longer the bonus task of finding the wobbly tooth like there had been when I was little (no doubt due to some new health and safety requirement).
With quirky things being an integral part of Eureka, it should come as no surprise that one of the main areas to eat your lunch is an old train carriage. So of course, we ate our sarnies there then continued our explorations.
We played in the mini bank and supermarket, and followed this up with a quick stop at the mini mechanics. Once we’d seen everything, and even gone back for another go on one or two things, we detoured via the gift shop for a little treat (two toy sharks, to be exact!) then caught the train home. The boys had an awesome day and so did I! They even spent the train ride home telling my mum and I all about their favourite parts. Well, until nap time called. Pulling a sleepy six year old and a practically unconscious two year old off a train with all their bags and jackets is no easy task.
We all had a brilliant day and will no doubt be returning over the summer. The great thing about our tickets was that they acted as an annual pass so we have 12 months worth of visits ahead of us!
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum – https://www.eureka.org.uk/