Travels With Ted

Cambridge Science Centre with Young Children

Cambridge Science Centre

We were not sure what to expect from Cambridge Science Centre. I stumbled across it when researching things to do with kids in Cambridgeshire for my Cambridge A-Z. I was surprised I hadn’t heard of it before. It turned out to be a fantastic hands-on experience for the whole family.

What Should You Expect from the Cambridge Science Centre?

The Cambridge Science Centre was smaller than I was expecting but they had really used the space well. There were stations spaced out around the room, each with a different interactive activity. One side of the room had larger activity stations and on the other side there was a space for science shows. The wall space was also well utilised with yet more hands-on stations.

What did the Cambridge Science Centre Offer Younger Children?

The wind machine at Cambridge Science Centre
The wind machine at Cambridge Science Centre

My two under 5s were kept entertained for longest by the craft activity where you cut the shapes of different seeds out of paper and put them in a wind machine to see how they flew. Ted (age 4) liked using magnetic chutes to guide a ball from top to bottom. Miss May (age 1) loved the colouring station where you could colour and learn about British wildlife.

What did the Cambridge Science Centre Offer Big Kids?

The activity options available to older children (and adults) were endless. There was certainly something to capture the imaginations of all ages and abilities. I pulled out my masters in conservation and spent a long time revising my knowledge of evolutionary biology. David got most excited by the voice box machine.

Getting there, Cost and Opening Times

We travelled there by train which is probably the easiest thing to do as it’s just a 15 minute walk from the station. It is about a 35 minute walk from the city centre. There is no parking on site. The closest is at the Cambridge Leisure Multi-Storey.

This is a relatively low-cost attraction. Under 4s are free. Children aged 4+are £3 and adults are £4.50. During school holidays and weekends it is open from 10.30am to 5pm. On school days it opens from 3pm to 5.30pm.

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