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“Uniquely Worthwhile”
Review of Catalyst

Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Widnes
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Catalayst makes Science exciting and accessible to people of all ages and abilities, explore the award winning galleries, visit the stunning interactive theatre, experience fun activities in the lab or travel 30m above the river Mersey in the external glass lift to the glass walled observatory gallery!Visit the gift shop and Elements cafe, the perfect place to enjoy a tasty snack whilst admiring the riverside views Free car parking!
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Uniquely Worthwhile”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

I took out family season ticket 6 months ago and have visited 3 times during school holidays, attending both workshops on each occasion. I think the unique feature of this museum is that by attending the workshops, you experience science being taught in a comfortable setting where you can take it in. One doesn't always get this at other science events or fairs, that I have experienced. In others, I have found that the brightest or most confident children can take in the demonstration, by taking initiatives or huddling close or asking questions, and that the unengaged come away non-plussed. Not so at these workshops. The seating is equal. The lighting is appropriate. Everyone can see and hear. The speech is clear. The demonstrations are visual, visible and engaging. It is pitched so that there is new knowledge for most people. The leaders manage time well. Questions are handled affirmingly. The only disappointment we experienced was the Bubbles workshop, which was fun for the very young but had little to tell older children. We attended one workshop a second time (the sponsored talk on space / telescopes etc) and found it worthwhile coming back to it. All of us were fully engaged the second time because there was so much in it and the participation by children in turns was well-managed by the leader. Outdoors, the play area is very good and suits teens as well as little ones. The availability of a café, the freedom to bring a picnic, the proximity of the canal, the swans to feed and the view combine to make it a complete and enriching day out. Yes, one has to pay, but it's a non-profit making trust and the price tries to be gentle. I think, well done them.

Visited August 2013
Thank Rosemary W
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Widnes, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Science and experiments”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Great place to take the grandchildren, they love running round and trying all the experiments etc. Also the views from the top are amazing, and when they come out they can have a run around in the play area.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Roxy990
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Cannock, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great place for kids”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

I was looking for something different to do with 2 small children (5 & 6) on a dodgy day and saw this. From their first sight of the Lego man at the entrance it was a hit. They were totally absorbed by the exhibits guessing fragrances racing bubbles up a tube and guessing what's in boxes. They loved the puzzles in the puzzle room and the observation level and what I'd planned to be a couple of hours turned into an all day outing.

We had lunch in the cafe which was spotless, had a good choice of reasonably priced food. The staff were all friendly and helpful and even made sure my daughters soup was not heated too much for her whilst mine was piping hot and full of chicken and veg. To top it all there was a great safe play area outside which tired them out nicely to ensure a quiet journey home.

I would definitely recommend a visit.

Visited August 2013
Thank scaryscs
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“good day out”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

We took our granddaughters and they were entertained by the experiments they were eager to volunteer for. Then the hands on things on the ground floor. You have to check on line for the things happening in demonstration room. We also got a voucher from the website giving free entry to one child. It was an extra pound each for the demonstration but was well worth it. Then outside the play area is free with zip wire and climbing ropes of various types as well as swings. A walk by the river can be enjoyed to top it off.

Visited August 2013
Thank ChrisPenno
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Derby, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“For the cost, you cant go wrong”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

I took 2 11 yr olds, 1 I got in free with a vochure off their website.
We were there a few hours and the kids loved it!
Their favourite part was the glass elevator and the hands on science downstairs.
After the museum they ran energy off in the park.
Very impressed for the price!

Visited August 2013
Thank HCRO31
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