LEARNing as a Family with Actimel Wellbeing Fund

Monday, 13 January 2014

LEARNing as a Family with Actimel Wellbeing Fund

Big man loves Science. I love that he loves Science. In the Summer I took him to the Science Museum in London and he still talks about it now. He was keen to take his brothers there, but as they are smaller and the hustle and bustle of London is a bit too much for them and me, we decided to go to the INTECH Science Centre and Plantarium in Winchester.

Intech Science Centre


It is a hands on Science centre with a variety of activities. We started our day by going to the cardboard rocket chatterbox show. This is a planetarium show that takes a whistlestop tour of the solar system. Big man loved it from the start. We booked the chatterbox showing as it meant that he was able to talk without getting "ssshhhed!" This was a good thing as he was so excited he kept commenting out loud. Middle man also enjoyed this, even though he got a little scared at each planet as he wasn't sure if they would make it back into space from them. The show was ideal for small children and although my husband claimed the screen made him suffer a little space sickeness, the boys really enjoyed the show. The main problem is that they now want to build a cardboard rocket!

Other activities we enjoyed were racing, recycling and pressure experiments.

Experiments at Intech


Big man had a go at wheelchair basketball. He really enjoyed this, but we did have to explain that people in wheelchairs don't choose to be in them because it is fun.

wheelchair basketball


We stood inside a kaleidoscope and saw what it could look like if we were cloned!

standing inside a kaleidoscope



As we visited the centre I thought I had better find out what the family had learned

Big man: Mars is quite windy and dangerous with craters. Jupiter is also very windy and the dot in it is very very windy.

middle man: It is very cold in Pluto as it's so far from the sun.

Little man: Although he is too little to tell me, he loved the wind generator that he could balance a ball on. He may only be 2, but he worked out that if he turned it off the ball would drop. And he liked putting his face in the breeze too. I am undecided if he will become a scientist or a sky diver in years to come. Maybe both.

wind generator

My husband said he learnt that we should recycle more.

I learnt that I should never fly a Airbus A380 into Heathrow as the flight simulator suggested that I may crash it into my Aunts house along with several others!

signs at Intech


We had a lovely time, and big man is already asking to go back and watch other shows. We would like to thank the Actimel Wellbeing trust for funding our trip and encouraging us to LEARN together as a family.








40 comments:

  1. Jocelyn (@ihavecards)13 January 2014 at 08:01

    That looks like such a fun day out! Great place to visit, and with plenty of learns :)

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  2. Coombe Mill (Fiona)13 January 2014 at 08:36

    What a great day and I'd love to try one of those flight simulators.

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  3. What an incredible day out-fabulous!

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  4. What a fantastic day! My 2 older kids love the wind generators too! #MagicMoments
    www.myfamilyfever.co.uk

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  5. brilliant! Thats looked like a fun day out. popping over from #magicmoments

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  6. That looks like such a great place, my eldest absolutely loves the science museum so I think he would really enjoy it here - it's now on my list of places to visit this year :) x

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  7. We went to this museum last year. I think it's great for slightly younger children than mine - so much to explore and not as big/daunting as the science museum. Who do you think is going to take after you then? Big Man?

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  8. We've driven past there a number of times, will have to make a point of stopping! #whatsthestory

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  9. Sara (@mumturnedmom)13 January 2014 at 21:05

    What a great outing, I love that everyone got something from the day and took away a new fact, a brilliant way to spend the day x

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  10. This looks like a pretty amazing place!! i think both of mine would love it here too


    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

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  11. Wow, this looks like a truly amazing day. I know that I would have loved that as a child x

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  12. that looks like a great place to visit! One to add to our bucket list of places to take the kids at some point! xxx

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  13. Sounds like a day well spent to me! Emma is a bit young for it but maybe in a few years? #whatsthestory

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  14. Louise Fairweather14 January 2014 at 18:58

    Worth going if you are in the area but not to make a massive trip as it is only a few hours of stuff x

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  15. Louise Fairweather14 January 2014 at 18:59

    Exactly. Was nice for a couple of hours and not as busy and bigger than the look out, They liked the planetarium aspect as well

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  16. Hannah Bee Griffin19 January 2014 at 16:33

    Seems like lots of fun, I love the fact that there was lots of fun while learning, this will have to go on our to do list of places to visit

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  17. Excellent - glad you all enjoyed it - Glasgow Science Centre is a fab day out and we have been there a few times!!

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  18. Sounds like a lot of fun!

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  19. Looks a lot of fun!

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  20. Looks great fun!

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  21. anthony harrington19 January 2014 at 19:50

    wonderful! looks like a great time was had by all!

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  22. great idea for our next day out...

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  23. We have been here a couple of times and it really is excellent

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  24. Katharine Bourne-Francis20 January 2014 at 17:09

    Looks like a great day out

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  25. Looks like a good place to go.

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  26. Looks like they had a great time, I love taking the kids to these sort of place as they are learning and don't even know it.

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  27. looks like you had a great time I shall bear in mind for a day out with my 2 kids

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  28. oh i love that place and so do my kids, and best of all it is free

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  29. I went to a science museum on a school trip & I loved it. I will certainly be taking my son when he is a bit older. They are fun & educational which makes for a great day out :) x

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  30. Looks like an excellent idea for my little one when she is a bit older

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  31. looks like a fab place to take the kiddies

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  32. Looks like a great day out for the kids x

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  33. aww i would love to visit here!

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  34. Looks like a great day out and educational too!

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  35. Great day out, Looks fun.

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  36. Looks like a fun entertaining day out.....Brilliant

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  37. What a lovely day out :)

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  38. Wow, this sounds like a lovely day out :-) My little girl would love this!

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  39. This looks a great place.

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