6 Great Days Out For Your Budding Scientist


Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
These North East attractions deal in scientific facts, figures and discoveries – perfect for the next generation of Einsteins

Discovery Museum

A popular North East attraction, the Discovery Museum offers youngsters the opportunity to become more acquainted with the invention process. With frequently changing exhibitions, activities such as the Tiny Sparks events and a big ship permanently docked in the middle of it, the Discovery Museum is a great place to spark your little ones’ interest in all things scientific.


The 19th century home of Lord Armstrong is not only a picturesque place, but is also a monument to the great engineering minds native to this region. The sheer scale of Armstrong’s hydroelectric technology, along with the immense biodiversity within Cragside’s sprawling gardens, means that this day out is perfect for young scientists. 

National Glass Centre

With free glass-blowing lessons, and also the opportunity to decorate your own plates and mugs, the National Glass Centre in Sunderland allows children to explore their own imagination and see the result. Moreover, with various exhibitions on during the season, families can also learn about not only the modern creative process, but also its transformation throughout human history.

Kielder Observatory

This outpost is not simply for the astronomically astute, as experts will be on hand to demonstrate how the extremely powerful telescopes on-site operate, and guide children through the most famous of the Milky Way’s constellations. The dark skies of Kielder mean that it is one of the best places in the country to admire the heavens.

Centre for Life

A stalwart of the North East’s scientific scene, the Centre for Life is jammed full of intriguing gizmos, gadgets, installations, and games that will attract curiosity from all who enter. The Young Explorer’s Zone is an engaging and stimulating area where children of seven or under can enjoy investigation and discovery in an incredibly fun environment.

Locomotion – National Rail Museum

In keeping with the North East’s industrial pedigree, the National Rail Museum at Shildon in County Durham offers youngsters the opportunity to learn about the region’s engineering heritage. There is an Osaka Trains Exhibition running from 27 March to 27 April, along with the Spring Toy Fair & Steam Gala at the end of April.

Published in: June 2017

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