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The events listed here run every weekday. However, depending on the numbers of visitors, we may run more (or fewer) workshops and the times may be changed.  These workshops usually last 35 to 50 minutes and are aimed at children between 6 and 12 (though all ages are welcome). 



Summer Holidays

Monday 25th July - Friday 2nd September
(workshop times vary, see table for details)




8 -12
29 Aug-
2 Sept
Super Soap Factory at 11am and 2pm              
Marvellous Materials 12noon and 3pm              
Kitchen Science at 11am and 2pm              
Destination Space 12noon and 3pm              
Egyptian Science (15th-19th@11am and 2pm, 22th-26th@12noon and 3pm)              
Bubble Trouble (11am and 2pm)              
Explore Your Universe 12noon and 3pm              


25th - 31st July
Super Soap Factory

Get hands on with the history of soap. Learn about why soap is so important in Widnes and Runcorn, and try your hand at making bars of soap to take away.

25th - 31st July & 1st - 5th Aug
Marvellous Materials

Marvel at the behaviour of some every day materials and be amazed at some more unusual things in this exciting show!

1st - 5th & 8th - 12th Aug
Kitchen Science

Try out some experiments using everyday substances from your kitchen, with some surprising results!

8th - 12th & 15th - 19th Aug
Destination Space

An exciting show from Techniquest Glyndwr Celebrating the mission of astronaut Tim Peake, find out about the challenges he faced on his trip to the International Space Station!

15th - 19th & 22nd - 26th Aug
Egyptian Science

Discover the amazing science and technology used in Ancient Egypt. Learn how to write in hieroglyphics and have a go at making a mummy

22nd - 26th Aug & 29th Aug - 2nd Sept
Bubble Trouble

Learn how to make super sized bubbles, square bubbles and try to get a person inside a bubble in this watery workshop!

29th Aug - 2nd Sept
Explore Your Universe

Enjoy this highly charged show exploring how light and electricity work - it might even make your hair stand on end!



We also have:-

The Molecule Treasure Trail

Hunt down the hidden molecules in our galleries, complete the form and hand it in at Reception for a chance to win a monthly prize
Free as part of your paid visit!

There are 18 to find, and some of them are harder to find than you might think!



The Puzzle Room

- a room full of fun puzzles, games and problems to solve. Free as part of your paid visit!