Eureka – the national children’s museum
Eureka is a fantastic place, situated near the centre of Halifax. It is well signposted from the main routes into Halifax, very close to the mainline railway station and has its own large car park (charges apply).
We are regular visitors to this part of Yorkshire and so take full advantage of Eureka’s free upgrade to an annual pass when you pay for a day’s entry. It is not a cheap day out but there is so much to see and I do feel it is good value for money, particularly if you visit in school holidays when there are myriad workshops, talks, craft activities and performances you can explore.
The inside areas are divided into different themes or topics and all help children to explore and learn about the world we live in. very popular with my children is the ‘high street’ with bank, supermarket, post office and garage – all have hands on, interactive exhibits that children can use such as tills and cash registers, cash machines complete with ‘Eureka cards’ (PIN required!) and uniforms you can wear whilst playing.
Another favourite area is the ‘All About Me’ gallery. Here, children can measure themselves jumping, stretching and leaping, look at real ultrasounds of pregnancies, examine xrays and slide down a huge tongue! There are interactive exhibits relating to all the senses and child size scrubs and real bandages so that children can play at being each other’s dentist, doctor or nurse.
There are dedicated areas for younger children and babies, complete with soft play and craft room. There are smaller toilets, lower sinks and baby changing areas and buggy parks to help make visits easier.
You are welcome to bring your own food and picnic spaces are available inside, outside and in a converted railway carriage in the garden. Alternatively, food is available form the cafe but we haven’t explored its offerings so far.