We’ve just had a week in Yorkshire, mainly visiting family and friends, but have also tried to slot in some good days out with the children. One of the best was a trip to Eureka, the ‘National Children’s Museum’ in Halifax.
It is well located, close to the railway station, and from the moment you arrive you can see just how well thought out it is, with children in mind at every moment. The signs are all child friendly – in the lift there are explanations of how the doors work – and there is something to do in every corner. Two of the areas are specifically designed for 0-5 year olds, but K, 1, had fun pushing buttons, touching and exploring all the way round the museum. D, 8, enjoyed the ‘Me and My Body’ part the most. It is packed with different ways to explore what your body is made of and how it works and you can find out all sorts of strange facts: we discovered that DH and J have ‘free’ earlobes, while D, K and I all have attached ones.
The outdoor activities are even better than the indoor ones, and there is slightly less noise too. We enjoyed ‘Yorkshire’s biggest inland beach’ and the sensory garden. D and J disappeared for quite some time into the railway carriage which is available as somewhere you can eat your picnic if it is raining. At the time we visited there were donkey rides too, a carousel and ice creams, all adding to the summer holiday experience.
If I lived closer I’d definitely upgrade to the annual pass, which costs just the same as the one day ticket – £8.95 for children over three and adults, or £38.50 for five people. You’ll find there is loads of scope for your children to learn about gardens, the home, sound, the desert, their body and more. We arrived at 10, when it opens, which was great. By 11 there was a big queue, but this had cleared and anyone arriving in the afternoon would have got in straight away.
The access is great – it is all designed with buggies in mind and there is plenty of space if you use a wheelchair. Find out more at www.eureka.org.uk.