Eureka! is the kind of place you remember visiting as a child, and it blowing your mind. School trips here were revered and it’s easy to see why as soon as you step over the threshold – this is the place children’s dreams are made of. You can touch, move, feel, play and mess with everything! From pint-sized shops to huge models of the nose – it’s a magical playground for children!
‘Toddler Day’ is a new experience for me. It’s a day where Eureka! Don’t allow anyone over the age of 5 (apart from adults accompanying toddlers obviously…) and don’t have school trips admitted on that day. It means that little ones can take their time exploring every nook and cranny without being trampled or without fear of holding anyone up.
As an adult, it was crazy! Little people were laughing, shouting, running everywhere while being followed by parents. There was babes in arms, children in buggies, children on reins – and children like Ted who was completely free range.
We were able to entice Ted into dressing up like a monkey – or rather, an Ewok for about thirty seconds before he ran off to find something else he could play with. This was an exhibit about animals and their habitats on the ground floor, where a variety of costumes were available to try on!
The upper level was a favourite for Ted – there was a tongue he could climb and attempt to slide on, some teeth to brush and even a nose to pick. There’s also a health centre to explain the jobs of health professionals – one highlight was the model of a pregnant lady, who was having her removable baby manhandled by many toddlers who wanted to take care of it at home!
Toddler day was incredibly busy – I’d definitely recommend taking reins as opposed to a pushchair. I actually forgot mine (I thought I’d lost them but nope, they were at home!) and Ted was zipping around from one thing to the next as his attention span was just as excited as he was.
The toilets were also packed, so if you are able to get away with taking your toddler into a cubicle and changing him or her with you – do it. It’s much quicker and saves the changing facilities for those with babes in arms and those who need the extra facilities. There is a cafe onsite, and the prices are really reasonable to be honest – we didn’t head in as it was incredibly busy, but it’s definitely on my list for next time.
Ticket prices are £13.95 for adults and children from 3-15 years old. Children from 1-2 are £5.95, and those under one year are free. These are prices for annual passes, which means you can visit for a whole year! I do love a good annual pass, and as it’s right next to Halifax train station, I’ll be visiting many times over the next few months!