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:

Jocelyn (@ihavecards) said...

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

Coombe Mill (Fiona) said...

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

HonestMum said...

What an incredible day out-fabulous!

Kate Fever said...

What a fantastic day! My 2 older kids love the wind generators too! #MagicMoments
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afra willmore said...

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

Charlotte said...

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

Suzanne Whitton said...

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?

over40andamumtoone said...

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

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

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

Jaime Oliver said...

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


thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

caro_mad said...

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

rebecca beesley said...

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

Oana Chirila said...

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

Louise Fairweather said...

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

Louise Fairweather said...

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

Hannah Bee Griffin said...

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

Katie Skeoch said...

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

Susan Race said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

jane templeman said...

Looks a lot of fun!

ashleigh allan said...

Looks great fun!

anthony harrington said...

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

Martina Pichova said...

great idea for our next day out...

Justine Meyer said...

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

Katharine Bourne-Francis said...

Looks like a great day out

Claire Woods said...

Looks like a good place to go.

Stuart Bates said...

looks fab

Kim Campbell said...

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.

clairdownham said...

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

Sandy Ralph said...

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

Keri Jones said...

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

Ruth Davies said...

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

Rebecca Nisbet said...

looks like a fab place to take the kiddies

Kat Glynn said...

Looks like a great day out for the kids x

Kerry Brown said...

aww i would love to visit here!

PamGregory said...

Looks like a great day out and educational too!

Ian Murray said...

Great day out, Looks fun.

lindsey stuart said...

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

Sj Wesley said...

What a lovely day out :)

Hayley Todd said...

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

Happy Homebird said...

This looks a great place.