If you don’t mind a drive (or a visit to our rival city!), Imagine That! in Liverpool has heaps to offer for children of all ages.
It’s similar to Eureka! in that the play is entwined with science, art, exploration and technology, though on a smaller scale. There are different areas to explore, including a construction site, an art area, a water area and an imagination village.
Our two year old was excited and engaged as soon as she walked through the doors.
First stop was the imagination village where she was very taken with the chance to be a cuddly toy vet.
After a stroll round the replica supermarket she moved on to the diner to make a delicious pretend pizza!
Next was the construction site for a quick go on the digger, before she played in the large sand area.
Then, in the art area, there is the chance for your children to paint a car – no, not a picture of a car, a real live car to smother in paint!
Covers for clothes and shoes are thoughtfully provided so you can really get stuck in to the activity.
The science area provides plenty of hands on fun, with sensory activities and mini experiments galore. There’s also a large water play stand here which was very popular.
As well as these permanent play activities there are occasional demonstrations and talks so keep an eye out for what’s on when you visit. There are also seasonal events to look out for.
As there is an educational slant to Imagine That! there are frequent school trips which can make it a bit busy, however the Facebook page is very good at updating which days might be busy or quiet, so definitely have a look there before you make plans.
It was fairly empty in the morning but started to fill up a bit after lunchtime. Speaking of lunch, there is a café on site if you want to spend the whole day there. And with so much to do, you definitely could!
Useful information Address: 26-32 Faraday Road, Wavertree Technology Park, Liverpool, L13 1EH
Opening hours:Open every day from 10am until 5pm every day, except Monday's when they are closed all day
Visit Eureka summer for a boredom-busting festival of tech, science, performance and play, including Fusion: Adventures in Digital Art, a new exhibition featuring some of the best digital art from around the globe.