Eureka / National children museum. rainy day things to do. Halifax

EUREKA! "We don’t stop playing becuase we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing…

……this is the motto written above the entrance to the National Children’s museum at Halifax.  A wonderful interactive world of  games,  wonder and exploration. Which is not only entertaining for children but for their carers also.
Once you have paid the modest entrance fee, this enables you to visit again free for the next year….a very good deal.
…My daughter and I with three children, visited on a rainy day in the school holidays.  It did not bode well when we arrived to be directed to the “overflow” car park.  It would seem Eureka was everyone else’s rainy day plan “B”.
Nevertheless , we still managed to enjoy the visit and survive the day

survival skill for the National Childens museum in Halifax.  AKA Eureka.
1. Try to go on a sunny day, less crowded.  This place is everybodys plan B.
Despite the crowds on a rainy day, we still managed to enjoy ourselves and there were no queues to use the equipment.
2. Try to arrive at 100h
3. Try to bring a packed lunch.  There are plenty of places to eat your own food, including a railway carraige.
4.If you do use the cafe, try to eat before 1200h.
The cafe serves a good range of healthy food.  You can also choose a box of food for £4 50p. consisting of ham or cheese in a bun, plus a piece of fruit and a choice of two of the following, yoghurt, various cakes and biscuits, crisps, plus a fruit drink.

The highlight of the day was the entertainer, who cleverly kept both the children and adults amused in his regular half hourly show in a tent in the grounds.

There is lots to do both inside and outside the museum, which is conveniently situated next to the railway station.  Usually I travel there by train, but this time we took the  stunning 45minute drive over the Pennine moors on the M62.  Leave at junction 24 and it is signed to Halifax.

The sand play, in-between the showers.

The most popular part of the museum is the garage, the M&;S shop and the Bank.  True to gender stereotype the girls tend to play in the shop and the boys in the garage.  Everybody love sending money through a vacuum tube to different parts of the museum, and everybody loves to play post office.  Delivering letters and parcels to all the addresses.

This girl would not take off her postpersons uniform.  We saw her all over the place.

There is even a hole in the ground which is always popular for some reason.


 Although everybody wants to sit in the Lorry .

The museum is an educational trust and there are interactive sections for the body and global conservation

Making the lights dance!

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The day was rounded off by some rugby coaching for the boys,  whilst mum and grandma sat and rested!

 Love Denise


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4 thoughts on “EUREKA! "We don’t stop playing becuase we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing…

  1. OMG, I first thought you were in Halifax, Canada, lol. I was already hoping you'd make it to Montreal so we could meet up.Great post, but I'm a little bummed I'm not getting to see you soon:)Jo

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  2. Jo. Did you say you were going in January. I will become Paris for a week from the 13th. Hope u can see you then. I had no idea there is a Halifax in Canada. UK Halufax is a lovely Yorkshire town set in the Penine hills Love Denise

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  3. Yes, I am still planning to go to paris in January (if I don't quit my crappy job first). I probably won't book until the fall when seat sales come out. There was some great ones last year and I'm hoping to get one this year. Really hope we can meet up and have a nice long chat this time.Have a great weekend!Jo

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