What a great place to take the grandkids for the day! All the exhibits are all-age-friendly so no one is left out, and as soon as you walk into the vast open space of educational fun, you can see why it's so popular. We spent almost a whole day exploring.
The first "station" you come to is a fabulous "through the ages" projection unit, which until you watch the curiousness of children, you don't realise that it's functioned using the latest X-Box technology and is fully interactive - you can put your hands and arms "into" the image and all sorts of spiders and creepy crawlies climb along your arms.
The X-Box technology is used in many places throughout @Bristol for various interactive activities, including On-Screen Volleyball for the older children and adults, and jumping in ‘puddles’ for the young - and young at heart!
Access is crucial - everything is easy to find, signposts are everywhere on the walls, toilets are fully equipped for everyone from mum and baby, to those with mobility restrictions. There are large lifts up to the Animation Floor. There is plenty of space everywhere, so even when @Bristol is busy, there's no jostling, no shoulder to shoulder, and queues are minimal. The only place which has restricted access is the Planetarium due to the small tiered seating system. So no pushchairs, wheel chairs, and people with limited mobility are recommended to sit this one out. The displays are nice - if a little dull for the younger children – I think that unless the children are spaceship mad, they may get bored.
The tickets are expensive, but everything you would need is on-site (though I recommend taking a picnic, as their specialised Family Picnic Area is excellent!) so you really could spend the whole day there.
The tickets come in the form of a wristband with a barcode on. This barcode can be scanned on a vast number of machines throughout @Bristol and records your activities. You can then log onto the @Bristol website when you get home and see everything you'd done throughout the day again and again! We found this fantastic for the kids to show members of the family who couldn’t be with us on the day.
@Bristol is such fun for all ages So much so that you don't realise how much you learn during your visit. There’s a car park within a 2 minute walk across the precinct, the Park and Ride bus stop is just outside the front of the building, and there are drop off and pick up points just outside the front door too. So it is easy to get to and no long walks to and from the car; an important consideration for those lacking mobility, or with very young children.
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