The award winning W5 Science and Discovery Centre is the ultimate day out with the kids in Northern Irelend. Boasting over 200 interactive exhibits this really is a dynamic attraction for all the family!
The centre is cleverly organised in to zones, titled “Start”, “Go”, “See” and “Do”. Younger children will get the most from “Start”, there’s a castle to explore, make-believe shopping, dancing, house building and water play. In “Go” there are elevated pulley chairs, tug of war, space exploration and cars to build and race. “See” includes fascinating optical illusions, lie detector tests, a sound wall, pro microscopes and lasers. Lastly, “Do” concerns itself with design and build, animated film production and robotics. With such an extensive all-action programme, you can’t fail to entertain the children!
As well as the zone areas, W5 runs a programme of excellent exhibitions and there is a fascinating series of live shows and science demonstrations throughout each day. These are highly educational and informative but most of all they are entertainment at its best. Exhibits have ranged from blockbusters such as Dino Jaws and Myths and Monsters to award-winning animation with Animated Adventures featuring Wallace and Gromit. Check out their website for the current exhibitions available to enjoy on your day out.
W5 host a series of special events to celebrate the holidays throughout the year. Most are suited to all age ranges but it’s best to check before you go if you have your heart set on something special. Easter, Halloween and Christmas are when the main special events are scheduled and are a delight for everyone.
Retail at W5
The centre has a great shop where education gifts can be bought as the ultimate souvenir from your day out. Pocket money can be spent and gifts bought for absent family members and friends! As well as the shop, W5 also have a cafe for light refreshments. The cafe has won local awards for the high standards of food served. Alternatively you can take advantage of the picnicking areas available to visitors.
Highlight of the Day
Producing your own animated film
Nearest train station : Belfast Central (15 minute walk) and Great Victoria Street (one mile)
Car parking : .On-site for up to 1500 cars
Website : www.w5online.co.uk