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Summer Family Activities

July 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - September 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


Join us this summer in to one of our family friendly* activities to create simple machines and automata inspired by our exhibition The Mechanicals.

Time Drop-in: 10:30am – 1pm and 1.30pm- 3:30pm 

Tuesday 25th July – Friday 28th July – Getting into Gear

Gears are toothed wheels used in many different industries, including bicycles, where they work together to change the relationship between the driving mechanism and the moving parts. Make your own gears and arrange them to create a moving picture.

Tuesday 1st August- Friday 4th August – Crazy Cams

Have you ever looked closely at a simple mechanical toy? You will see that it is made up of mechanisms, usually including Cams. Cam toys are probably the simplest category of mechanical toys. Design a moving toy operated from cam mechanisms.

Tuesday 8th August – Friday 11th August – Wonderful Wheels

Wheels and axles work as a simple machine. Wheels generally spin in a balanced circle around an axle. Doorknobs, pizza cutters, pencil sharpeners, and even electric fans all use wheels and axles. Using wheels and axles make your own mini car fit for any action figure.

Tuesday 15th August – Friday 18th August – Powerful Pulleys

Pulleys are used in many ways every day, in weight machines at a gym, flagpoles, window blinds, bicycle chains and clotheslines. Pulleys may seem simple, but they can provide a powerful mechanical advantage so lifting tasks may be done easily. Learn how pulleys make our lives easier, by building your own pulley system.

Tuesday 22nd August – Friday 25th August – Lifting Levers and Linkages

Levers are everywhere, including in scissors, see-saws, crowbars, and nail clippers. Is it easier to lift heavy things with a lever and does fulcrum placement make a difference? Join us to conduct fun experiments to learn more about these simple machines and make your own lever arm to take home.

Tuesday 29th August – Friday 1st September – Perfect Pneumatics

Pneumatics use air pressure to work. Air pressure in a pneumatic systems acts like a spring, storing energy until it is released. Join us to investigate how air can produce movement and how this can be used in simple pneumatic mechanisms by creating a moving monster.


* Normal Admission prices apply. Ticket Valid for 12 months on gift aided entrance. Suitable for age 3+ but all are welcome. £2 per activity per child (stamp cards available buy 5 different activities and get 6 activity free)



July 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am
September 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm