Satrosphere is Aberdeen's science museum. Think of it as a smaller version of the one at Glasgow. Lots of fun and interesting exhibits for kids of all ages to try out - some are physical, some are mental, all will boggle their brains. There are also workshops, science-themed story times, and "on-the-spot science" shows which include audience participation.
We went along when Satrosphere was hosting "Astronaut Training" and our almost-5-y-o son had a great time getting into his space cadet outfit, taking part in a space themed quiz, and participating in a communication challenge. We also enjoyed the planetarium show, which was narrated by Rupert Grint (Ron Weasely from the Harry Potter films).
The staff are friendly, helpful and informative, always ready to help the kids with the various exhibits and explain them to everyone.
There's also a very nice little cafe which serves soup, sandwiches and baked potatoes, cakes, crisps and treats, and an array of hot and cold drinks, all at pretty reasonable prices. We fed two adults and one hungry kid for around £13.
There's a shop where you can buy little toys and science gimmick stuff, again at reasonable prices (we got three dinosaurs for £3).
Fun extra - the toilets have the names of famous scientists on the outside of the cubicle doors, and then on the other side it tells you a little about why they're famous (so you can even learn while you're using the loo!). They're also very clean and there is a good sized baby change area too.
It's right down by the beach, so if the sun comes out, you can catch some rays and go paddling after you've visited Satrosphere.
If you have a Spree book, they usually have a couple of free child admission vouchers, but even if you don't, the Satrosphere website occasionally has them there to download and print off too, which cuts the cost of a family trip.
Entry fees are:
Children (4+): £4.50 (under 3s are free)
Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children): £17.00
Satrosphere Science Centre
Open 10am - 5pm Monday - Sunday
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Open 10am - 4pm Monday - Sunday
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